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BMW i7 xDrive60

BMW i7 xDrive60

There’s a new BMW 7 Series, and the BMW i7 xDrive60 is the all-electric model available from launch, with an electric WLTP driving range of 367-388 miles from its 101.7 kWh battery. 

The new fully-electric BMW i7 xDrive60 is priced from £107,400, with the first UK deliveries expected to commence from December 2022. The BMW i7 M70 xDrive, the future flagship model, expected to have a power output of 660 hp, will follow later in 2023.

The electric motor driving the rear wheels generates peak output of 313hp, while the unit at the front axle produces 258hp. The two drive units deliver all-wheel drive and a combined maximum output of 544hp and overall torque of 745Nm. This enables the new BMW i7 xDrive60 to accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 4.7 seconds.

The Combined Charging Unit in the BMW i7 xDrive60 allows AC charging at a rate of up to 11 kW, while DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 195 kW. This allows 106 miles (WLTP) of range to be added in just ten minutes at a high-power charging station.

Virtually all EVs don’t charge at a constant rate, instead their charge rate drops in steps. With the BMW i7 xDrive60, once the high-voltage battery reaches a higher charge level, the new charging process aims to ensure the charging rate drops smoothly instead of following the previous ‘stepped’ curve. This produces a more rounded charging curve overall, resulting in shorter charging times. 

Alternating phases of full and partial cooling power are used during fast charging of the BMW i7 to avoid excessive cooling of the battery. This prevents cell temperatures from dropping too low in the process, particularly at higher charge levels, thereby opening up potential for short charging times and reduced ageing of the high-voltage battery’s cells.

There are no rare-earth metals used in the electric motors, and control of the adaptive recuperation function has been further refined in the BMW i7 to increase range.

The heat pump technology used in the integrated heating and cooling system for the cabin and drive system also helps boost efficiency, as does the adaptive or individually adjustable recuperation feature. The high-voltage battery is heated using a dedicated 5.5 kW electric flow heater.

The new BMW 7 Series has grown by 130mm in length to 5,391mm, by 48mm in width to 1,950mm and by 51mm in height to 1,544mm. Its wheelbase is now 5mm longer at 3,215mm.

Available exclusively in long-wheelbase form in either M Sport or Excellence specification, the new BMW 7 Series range comprises models from both the BMW i and BMW M brands. 

As well as the pure electric i7 xDrive60, the plug-in hybrid 750e xDrive and M760e xDrive are set to follow in spring 2023. 

One of the main highlights of the equipment options available for the new BMW 7 Series is the BMW Theatre Screen with Amazon Fire TV built-in. This includes a 31.3-inch 8K touchscreen display with Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system with optional in-seat exciters, built-in touch screen remotes in the door panels (BMW Touch Command), and an automated rear shade system that closes when the BMW Theatre Screen is turned on.

The BMW Theatre Screen with Fire TV built-in lets passengers enjoy content up to 4K/UHD from popular apps to stream videos, play games, listen to music, get information, and watch downloaded programmes.

The BMW Theatre Screen spreads out horizontally across virtually the full width of the interior and extends down from the headliner to the front seat backrests. It folds into the ceiling to be out of the way when not in use, and can be moved closer or further from the rear passengers to put it within arm’s reach for touch controls or to manoeuvre it to the preferred viewing distance. Audio can be enjoyed through the vehicle’s Bowers & Wilkins speakers or by connecting up to two pairs of Bluetooth headphones with independent volume controls.

There’s also a BMW Curved Display. The fully digital screen grouping consists of a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches.

The BMW Interaction Bar extends from below the trim strip across the full width of the instrument panel and well into the door panel trim. It houses touch-sensitive control panels for adjusting the ventilation and climate control, activating the hazard warning lights and opening the glove compartment.