The time has finally come. The new BMW 7 Series comes to light, and with it a whole arsenal of novelties that will not leave anyone indifferent. A luxury sedan that presents the latest advances of the house. Its technological offer is impressive, but no less than its mechanical range, including fifth-generation plug-in hybrid variants that offer greater autonomy, more power and lower consumption, all compressed into a design that is going to give a lot to talk about.
And it is that in BMW they have proposed to break all the preconceived schemes that we had about them. The Bayerische Motoren Werke seems to have turned its attention to China. Its new design philosophy, introduced in the BMW X7 and now in the new 7 Series, is more Asian than European, where we are considered more traditional in presentations. Its unprecedented forms are presented in a large format: 5.39 meters long, 1.95 meters wide (without mirrors) and 1.54 meters high for a wheelbase of 3.21 meters.
A format that will be able to extend its lines thanks to a long wheelbase body focused mainly on the comfort of the rear passengers. These passengers will in turn be able to enjoy the most advanced and complete BMW technology. The new 7 Series PHEVs are at the top of the peak of performance and equipment, sporting impressive gadgets that BMW has been in charge of advancing before the presentation. The technological collection is unique, showing elements that no other brand is capable of matching.
Double panel system (instrumentation + infotainment) with 12.3 and 14.9 inches respectively, Head-Up Display, BMW operating system 8.0, connected services, laser headlights, 5.5-inch screens in the rear door panels , seats with massage function, four-zone climate control, ambient lighting, air freshener, sunroof and the no less spectacular presence of a screen for the rear occupants that hangs from the ceiling with a size of 31.3 inches8K resolution and integrated Amazon Fire TV.
BMW has opted for electrification for the new generation of its largest representative saloon, from MHEV solutions to the 100% electric BMW i7. Using the evolved CLAR platform, the mechanical range includes two units with PHEV technology, called 750e xDrive and 760e xDrive. They combine a six-cylinder in-line gasoline engine with a synchronous electric motor managed by an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox and a four-wheel drive system.
With a battery size not yet announced, the access model to the plug-in family, the 750e xDriveshows a maximum power of 490 horsepower with a torque of 700 Nm. Their Approved autonomy is between 80 and 89 kilometers, showing a top speed in electric mode of 140 km/h. His older brother, 760e xDriveuses the same set, but with more features. 571 maximum horsepower and 800 Nm of torque for a range between 80 and 84 kilometers and an approved consumption of just 1.2 liters per 100 kilometers.
At the moment BMW has not announced sale prices for its brand new plug-in hybrids. Its launch is not planned until spring 2023. Before that date we will meet the first BMW M7 in history, which will push plug-in hybrid systems to the limit with a high-power V8 engine combined with an electric set that will be able to offer more than 750 horsepower and 1,000 Nm of torque. A birthday present for the M division that this year celebrates its 50th birthday.