The wait is finally over — BMW has just revealed its fully electric flagship sedan, the 2023 BMW i7, along with an all-new 2023 BMW 7-Series lineup.
The BMW i7 luxury sedan is described as “a fully integrated member of the model family and clearly demonstrates how an exclusive driving experience and the ultimate feeling of on-board wellbeing can be combined with an unwavering commitment to sustainability.” The i7 is a version of the 7 Series; however, it is built on a “flexible vehicle architecture” that is unique to BMW. This architecture allowed for the creation of three different drive types: mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid gasoline versions, and the fully electric sedan.
The seventh model generation, which was designed from the ground up based on the demands of the current market, is promoted as the “most advanced and innovative vehicle in the luxury segment.” Currently, BMW also has a dedicated EV platform in the works; however, it is not set to arrive until 2025.
The i7 features a highly integrated electric drive system, a new multi-sensory vehicle experience BMW iDrive, a fully digital BMW Curved Display, the enhanced capabilities of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, and so much more. The debut of the i7, along with the rest of the 7 Series, promises to afford BMW more flexibility to meet the additional demand for EVs as the brand looks to evolve.
The electrified sedan boasts two electric motors with a system output of 544 hp. BMW also estimates that the i7 will be able to return up to 625 km of range on the EPA cycle.
It’s also not short on luxurious touches. The armrests and centre console are now heated, as is the underside of the dash. The ‘BMW Interaction Bar’ is a jewelled light bar stretching across the dash, and the seats are available with a combination of Merino leather and cashmere wool. The SkyLounge panoramic sunroof has LED light threads for a dramatic night look, while the available 31-inch drop-down Theatre Screen will keep rear passengers engrossed in the latest films, with 5.5-inch touch control displays in the rear doors.
The i7 is expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships during the fourth quarter of this year, with a starting sticker price of US$119,300. No Canadian pricing has yet been released.