BMW will allegedly offer the next-generation 7-Series in all-electric guise as the i7, BMW Blog reports.
It is claimed that this vehicle will be based on the automaker’s fifth-generation platform which supports both ICE and EVs. To ensure the vehicle appeals to as many customers as possible, BMW will sell it in a host of different configurations.
Sitting at the base of the i7 range will be a model with a relatively small 80 kWh battery pack, perhaps the same unit as used by the BMW i4. Those looking for greater range will be able to purchase the i7 with at least two other battery packs, one of which will be a 120 kWh unit that should be good enough for a range in the region of 434 miles (700 km).
Last year, former BMW chief executive Harald Krueger confirmed the company’s range targets for its future electric vehicles.
“With the fifth generation of eDrive, our vehicles will be able to drive 550 to 700 kilometers on electric power, depending on the model. We will achieve this in the BMW i4 and the iNEXT,” he said.
The i7 will also be sold with a number of different electric motor configurations, including one with a pair of electric motors pumping out upwards of 650 HP. This model would be all-wheel drive and certainly the most accelerative 7-Series ever produced.
It is understood that the next-generation 7-Series will be launched in late 2021 or early 2022, so the i7 will probably arrive some time later.