Plug-in hybrid BMW 7 Series: the other electrified limousine

BMW has unveiled its new 7 Series, a luxury sedan that is at the top of its range. In addition to an electric version and two thermal versions, there are also two rechargeable hybrid versions.

It was on the sidelines of the presentation of the new BMW i7 electric that the Munich brand launched its PHEV 7 Series. There are precisely two versions, and the base of the engine differs especially from the PHEV 5 Series.

The design is no different from that of the BMW i7, except that the full grille gives way to an open face. In fact, it is clear that the powerful heat engine that drives the whole thing needs to be cooled. Note that it has a grid close to the excess, and very slim lights.

Plug-in hybrid BMW 7 Series engines

In fact, its little sister conforms to the 4-cylinder 2-liter as the thermal base of this powertrain. But for the 7 Series, BMW has thought big, and it is the 6-cylinder inline that provides the most power.

For the 750e xDrive version, BMW did not push the features of the internal combustion engine. But with the addition of a 145 kW electric motor, the package offers 360 kW, or 490 horsepower. This version also offers a torque of 700 Nm.

On the sportier M760e xDrive, the thermal block is the same, but gains 70 horsepower. The set culminates with a power of 420 kW, or 571 horsepower. The accumulated torque reaches 800 Nm, with a 0 to 100 km / h in 4.3 seconds.

With the 750e, it takes 4.9 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h. Both offer four-wheel drive using an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox.

BMW 750e xDrive BMW M760e xDrive
Cumulative power (kW) 360 420
Cumulative power (hp) 490 571
Cumulative torque (Nm) 700 800
top speed (km / h) 250 250
0 to 100 km / h 4.9 s 4.3 s
Autonomy (km) 80-89 80-84

Battery and autonomy BMW PHEV sedan

The battery capacity of the 7 Series plug-in hybrids is unknown. On the other hand, BMW promises a completely correct range in these two versions.

For the 750th, the WLTP cycle announces up to 89 kilometers with a single charge, fully electric. The BMW M760e can travel up to 84 kilometers in electric, depending on the cycle.

For the combined consumption cycle, BMW announces between 1.0 and 1.1 l / 100 km for the 750e. The most efficient version can show, according to this cycle, an average consumption of 1.2 l / 100 km. Of course, the actual fuel consumption of a plug-in hybrid vehicle is well above these standards.


A real rolling, luxurious and interactive living room

As in the BMW i7, in this PHEV 7 Series we find two large screens for instrumentation and infotainment. Behind the wheel is a 12.7-inch screen that displays crucial information for the manufacturer.

Overlooking the center console, there is a 14.9-inch screen, connected directly to the instrumentation screen. The two-spoke design of the steering wheel is an almost unexpected touch of sobriety.

In the back, there are two so-called seats Captain’s chair, or a more classic three-seater bench. Captain’s chairs offer all the comforts to watch the broadcasts on the center screen.

In fact, the BMW 7 Series can vertically display a screen that is initially on the roof, under the roof. In addition to the comfort of the “7”, it is possible to feel like in a living room and in front of a TV.


Prices and marketing of the BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid

This seventh generation of the luxury German sedan will arrive in concessions in November 2022, but in electric. For other electrified versions of the 7 Series, we will have to wait until the spring of 2023 to be able to deliver one.

We do not know the price, although we can assume that it will be lower than the BMW i7 electric. The latter will be released at a base price of 139,990 euros.

Therefore, we can reasonably imagine that the price of this 7 Series PHEV will clearly exceed 100,000 euros. Confirmation should be made in the coming months, at the same time as its official marketing date is announced.

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