BMW has just officially unveiled its long-awaited flagship sedan in the electric space, the BMW i7. As we expected, and we have been perusing the numerous images published by the company itself for some time, this one does not shy away from controversy and adds new aesthetic appendages that make it impossible to go unnoticed. However, aside from its exterior lines, its letter of introduction aims to offer its occupants the utmost in luxury and comfort within its cabin.
Starting with the aesthetic part, we see a completely new front that follows the same design language that the BMW X7 already released a few days ago. The huge kidneys of your grille take almost all the prominence of this area shared by new split horizontal headlights.
The LED for the daytime running lights is located in the upper optic, while the entire street lighting technology is housed in the lower optic. For that, of course The BMW i7 will feature laser technology which the Munich company can and does boast.
optional, the grille may have a lighted perimeter to give the model a very personal look, especially at night or in poor light conditions. In general, the electrical design has changed little from the BMW 7 Series, the thermal mechanics variant, beyond a disguised front grille, specific wheels or the badges that can be used to identify that we are dealing with the variant. electric of the historic luxury model.
The BMW i7 grows by 130 mm in length, 48 mm in width and 51 mm in height compared to the previous generation of the 7 Series, but it still has a lot to offer in the profile of the model three-volume classic sedan lines depending on the chosen finish, there are also new wheels between 19 and 22 inches.
The door handles, which allow access to the interior, are flush with the bodywork, a very similar detail that the BMW i4 or BMW iX also has. To complete the design section, in the rear we find some redesigned headlights that adopt a much more refined and stylized image, as well as a lower bar that acts as a diffuser and air duct to improve the flow when the car is driving at high speeds.
It can be seen on the official pictures released by BMW a cabin where luxury and quality materials play a major role. On the part of the Munich company, they emphasize that these materials come to a greater extent from recycled objects or that green energy was used in their production.
On the dashboard is the new dual-screen multimedia system (BMW curved display) that other electric have already released. These panels will correspond to the instrument panel and central infotainment system, which will be 12.3 and 14.9 inchesor In the central area of the dashboard there is a light strip in which an ambient light, decorative elements and management functions are accommodated. They called this the BMW Interaction Bar.
This area has generally changed its design to become much cleaner and more minimalistic. Hides almost all keys with which the BMW flagship has always been equipped. Likewise, depending on the finish chosen, we find a new steering wheel with a design made up of only two spokes or a more classic shape with triple spokes. In any case, it will have a touch button system with a haptic sensor.
If you look at the second row of seats, we find more than adequate livability, with room for the head and legs of even tall passengers, and the enormous wheelbase of 3,215 millimeters contributes directly to this.
The seat behind the passenger features a bench extender so your lucky passenger can stretch out and enjoy a ride lying down. The passenger seat already mentioned can be practically folded down to create space for the rear passengers.
BMW clearly states that this is not an electric car to drive, but to take with you; and in that second row of seats we find all kinds of luxury and technological advances. In addition to the reclining seat already mentioned, in both doors we find some small tablets that can be used to activate the seat massage function or other types of controls and comfort.
From this device you can choose what you want to see through your Huge rear 31-inch widescreen display (32:9) with 8K resolution, which is lowered onto the car roof after use. Something that will transform the second row of seats into a luxurious cinema. It will also have automatic opening and closing of its doors.
Fully electric mechanics
The BMW i7 is based on the new CLAR platform, which is also used by other electric cars from the brand. At the moment only one mechanic is called BMW i7 xDrive60 with 544 hp, although later an even more significant one signed by the M Sport department will arrive with 660 hp.
This will be equipped with fifth-generation eDrive technology. Its large-volume battery has a capacity of 101.7 kWh, which ensures a range of between 590 and 625 kilometers, depending on use. Its top speed will be limited to 240 km/h and its energy consumption will be between 19.6 and 18.4 kWh/100 km, a quite respectable approval.