An all-electric model is the newest member of BMW’s flagship 7-series sedan lineup. As running electric cars requires batteries that cost a bomb, all-electric models have always qualified themselves as luxury items, and BMW’s new i7 is certainly a centrepiece of luxury in this 7-series lineup. Overall, it’s the company’s third all-electric design after the iX crossover and the i4 midsize sedan.
Anyone who looks at the BMW i7 premium sedan from the inside out will understand why BMW refers to it as a “fully-integrated member of the 7 Series line.” The car has a muscular exterior look, with blue accents lining the base of the fascia. The interior scores high for the comfort and the technology offered.
The BMW i7’s high-end stereo system and powered window shades to cut out ambient light make the car the coziest place to watch movies. At the disposal of those sitting at the back is also an optional 8K touch-screen display with an Amazon Fire TV that folds down from the roof. If front seat occupants are feeling somewhat left out, then the centre screen helps them watch streaming videos while the car is parked.
The four-wheel steering of the BMW i7 would allow for tighter curves, whether it’s to seamlessly change lanes on the freeway or to have the car parked in a tight space. Charging at a rate of up to 195 kilowatts on a DC fast charging station, the single battery pack of 101.7 kilowatt-hours of energy would allow the car to yield an output of 536 hp and 549 lb-ft, making it sprint to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and attain a limited top speed of 149 mph.
All poised to compete with the industry leader Tesla, BMW may release the car at U.S. dealerships at a price tag of $119,300.