When BMW unveils the next-generation 7 Series, the all-electric i7 will debut alongside it. However, while they feature similar exteriors, their foundations will be drastically different. The i7 will be part of the automaker’s electrification efforts that will launch next year with the i4 and iNext. Development of new spy photos continues on the i7, which we don’t expect to arrive until 2022, and the test vehicle is still covered in swirling camouflage.
The last batch of photos keeps a large part of the car hidden with a lot of siding in the front obscuring the fascia. We expect the front to be filled with sensors for the safety technology the car is likely to receive. The 7 Series competes with the Mercedes S-Class, which recently underwent a major overhaul focused on technology and semi-autonomous driving capabilities. You can also spot rear-facing cameras on the front fenders, which are just two of the vehicle’s many sensors. Sadly, not much has changed since the last time we saw the i7 in its production form.
The new 7 Series should look like the i7, but the i7 will ride on a separate platform that underpins the iNext and iX5 EVs. Details on the car’s powertrain are elusive, although we would expect the i7 to be the most powerful offering. Rumors suggest the electric powertrain could produce up to 650 horsepower (484 kilowatts). That would outperform the 6.6-liter V12 from the M760i. We expect the car to provide up to 644 kilometers of range, although that may be less in the US due to a different test regiment.
BMW will likely reveal the i7 next year before it goes on sale in 2022. It will also be joined by the i5 that year, expanding the automaker’s electrified lineup. We’re hoping both will reach the United States even as sedans continue to fall out of favor with consumers here. It’s a new era for the automaker, and we’re excited to see where it leads.