On a test drive in a BMW i7

With the new generation of the 7 Series, BMW is launching the all-electric i7 in November.

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Test drive in i7BMW now also combines luxury with electricity

Everything the same, only completely different: The new 7 Series is also available as a Stromer for the first time.

When you first meet the new seven, everything is as you would expect from a Bavarian luxury sedan, after all, with the first seven 45 years ago, six generations and more than two million sales, BMW rose to the top group of car manufacturers. But the first impression is deceiving. Because when the seventh seven launches shortly before the end of the year with prices starting at CHF 139,600, suddenly nothing will be the same.

Stromer in a tuxedo

Because now the 7 Series is also available with a purely electric drive for the first time. At launch, the Stromer is dressed in a tuxedo as the i7 xDrive60 (from 169,900 francs) with two engines with a total output of 400 kW/544 hp, a battery with a net capacity of 101.7 kWh for a range of up to 625 kilometers. and driving performance hardly worse than internal combustion engines with a sprint value of 4.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 240 km/h.

Design for China

The current design strategy of the Bavarians collides hard with our established registered designs. But it must primarily please the Chinese, because while not even ten percent of all sevens go astray to our continent, almost half head to the Middle Kingdom, where customers are barely half as old and have more courage in fashion.

Even in the interior, BMW customers have to adapt to the new world. As in the iX, a slim wall of the screen extends behind the steering wheel to above the center console, instead of lacquer and leather there is – at least on request – wool from organic Merino sheep and vegan seat covers. On the other hand, there are almost no switches anymore, the seven is controlled by voice, via sensor fields and touch screens, which are also in the doors. And if that’s not enough, you can lower the 31-inch screen from the ceiling, which the Bavarians call the “Theater Screen”.

Thanks to the huge battery with a net capacity of 101.7 kWh, the i7 has a range of up to 625 kilometers.

Thanks to the huge battery with a net capacity of 101.7 kWh, the i7 has a range of up to 625 kilometers.

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The cockpit layout is already familiar from the iX electric SUV.

The cockpit layout is already familiar from the iX electric SUV.

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There is also a touch screen in the door as a control panel.

There is also a touch screen in the door as a control panel.

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Combustion engines are also a matter of course for the new 7 series. In Europe, a diesel six-cylinder is available as the 740d with an output of 220 kW/299 ka and a standard consumption of 6.1 liters. And for those who can’t decide between the old and the new world, there are two plug-in hybrids on offer with an output of 360 kW/489 hp or 420 kW/571 ka each with an electric range of almost 100 kilometers.

The joy of driving remains

In case anyone is still interested in the new world in which screen sizes are more important than cubic capacity and performance figures: the seven is beyond any doubt even when driving. It may well happen that everything is different at BMW, but at least in the discipline “For the joy of driving” everything remains the same.

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