Plug-in Hybrid BMW 740e Revealed Before Geneva

The covers have been lifted on the BMW 740e range prior to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The roll-out of the new hybrid 7-Series variants comes alongside the announcement of the iPerformance brand which will be used on all plug-in hybrid models produced by the German automaker. With that in mind, the 740e line-up consists of the ‘regular’ 740e iPerformance, the 740Le iPerformance and the all-wheel drive740Le xDrive iPerformance.

These three plug-in hybrid derivatives of the 7-Series utilise a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine mated to an electric motor. All up, this combination results in a total of 326 hp while offering an all-electric range of 40 km (25 miles) for the 740e and 740Le iPerformance and 37 km (23 miles) for the al-wheel drive model.

The internal combustion engine itself provides 258 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque between 1,250 rpm and 4,800 rpm, allowing the hybrid 7-Series models to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 to 5.7 seconds (depending on spec).

Of more importance however is the fact that the vehicles sip just 2.1-2.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (134.5 mpg) over the combined cycle while emitting 49 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer.

One key feature of the 740e range is the implementation of a special eDrive button on the center console which allows drivers to configure how the plug-in hybrid drive system operates. Usually, the electric motor works in conjunction with the petrol engine but once switched into Max eDrive mode, the petrol engine shuts off allowing fully electric drive. When the accelerator is pressed hard, the turbo’d motor kicks back into life.

Another new element found in the plug-in 7-Series range is the Driving Experience Control switch. As the name implies, it offers different driving modes consisting of Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and the configurable Adaptive mode.

Charging the 9.2 kWh battery will take less than four hours from a domestic power socket and under three hours when charged through a BMW i Wallbox.

As you’d expect, the models also include all the same standard features as other 7-Series versions, including the ConnectedDrive navigation package, smartphone integration with wireless charging, a large touchscreen and advanced gesture control functionality.

PHOTO GALLERY

Porsche Boxster GTS Goes Against BMW’s Z4 M40i In Straight Line Race

The Boxster GTS has roughly 25 hp more than the Euro-spec Z4 M40i – so who won this German roadsters’ fight?.

Warning: You May Fall In Love With This Modern-Day Lamborghini Miura

With the original widely acknowledged as one of the finest shapes in automotive history, an homage to the Miura would surely find lots of takers.

Connectivity Upgrades Raise 2020 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo Prices By $530

The 2020 NV200 cargo van gains a new 7-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM Radio.

Kia Admits Stinger Successor Is In Doubt As Sales Didn’t Live Up To Expectations

The sports saloon was always going to be a halo car for Kia, yet they believed it would be successful at least in the U.S. – and that didn’t happen.

G-Power Pumps Up The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe To 789 HP

Thanks to new turbochargers and software, plus a few other parts, Merc’s super SUV benefits from a significant increase in power.

Semi-Truck Carrying 44,000 Lbs Of Nutella Crashes In Michigan

Good thing the chocolate delight was in jars and not liquid form, or that highway would probably be closed to traffic for more than 2.5 hours .

McLaren Speedtail Build Slot Pops Up For Sale At $5.5 Million

Production of the 1,035 HP hyper GT is limited to 106 units worldwide, so it’s to be expected for flippers to exploit this to the fullest.

Have A Listen At The Tesla Model 3’s Pedestrian Warning Sound

Tesla’s new noisemaker for the Model 3 actually makes two sounds, one for going forward and one for reverse, and they’re (fittingly) futuristic.

California And 22 Other States Sue U.S. Government Over Auto Emissions Standards

The war between the Trump administration, who revoked states’ rights to set their own standards, and state officials is escalating.

Mercedes Is Asking $53k For 22,000-Mile 1982 S-Class In Showroom Condition

Currently residing at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, this classic S-Class has undergone a thorough restoration by the company itself and is accompanied by all documents and invoices .