BMW revived its sub-brand “i” division in 2011—lengthy earlier than most individuals had even heard of Tesla—to design and make plug-in electrical autos. The launch vehicles have been the still-in-production i3 and the i8 sports activities automobile. It was an costly gamble, however even when BMW had not offered in extra of 240,000 items of those two vehicles worldwide—and by 2019 had greater than half one million group gross sales from the i division—it will have been value it only for the model worth conferred by staking its declare to electrical vehicles earlier than another main producers did.

There have been quite a few fashions from the i division since these first two efforts—most lately the 2021 iX—with various ranges of success in gross sales and in execution. However BMW i has till now left the world of the chief limo alone, permitting bitter rival Mercedes-Benz to beat it to the punch when it electrified its EQS

Now, after years of expectation and sure greater than a bit inner annoyance that Merc bought there first, BMW has lastly unveiled a full EV model of its high-end 7 Collection, the i7—and in distinction to the EQS, it appears to be like like BMW has given the tech on this automobile severe consideration. 

That is the primary BMW to boast the corporate’s Theater Display screen system, first unveiled at CES again in January: an 8K, 31-inch, 32:9 ultra-wide show with Amazon Fireplace TV smarts that’s paired with a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Encompass Sound System. It additionally has nifty touchscreens akin to cellphones within the rear door armrests, known as Contact Command, with the show panels situated simply the place your hand would relaxation. However we’ll get to the inside quickly sufficient. Let’s begin with the specs.

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The launch EV model of the brand new 2022 7 Collection would be the BMW i7 xDrive60, coming within the second half of this 12 months, with the 750e xDrive and M760e xDrive plug-in hybrid fashions following subsequent 12 months. Different all-electric variants will be part of the 7 Collection lineup, BMW says, together with an i7 M70 xDrive flagship set to reach later in 2023 with an anticipated 660 hp.

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