2023 BMW i7 electric car: what we know so far

New BMW i7 electric luxury car is set to have a range of more than 400 miles, a fresh look, and semi-autonomous driving technology...

BMW i7 2023 camouflaged front 3/4 tracking

On sale: Spring 2023 | Price from: £90,000 (est)

If you’re the type to spend your cash on conscience-clearing skincare products from sustainability-focused high street boutiques, the upcoming, all-electric BMW i7 is the luxury car for you. As an eco-friendly alternative to traditional fuel-burning luxury limousines, it aims to provide a long range, a plush interior and a suite of futuristic driver assistance technologies in a package that screams "green".

The i7 will share its electrical underpinnings with the recently-launched iX SUV, which means you’ll get to choose between a 322bhp and a 516bhp motor – the latter of which can thrust the iX from 0-62mph in as little as 4.6sec.

The i7 will be available with either a 71kWh or a 105kWh battery depending on which version you choose; the bigger battery should allow you to drive range-topping versions for up to 400 miles between charges. Although this is competitive with the Tesla Model S, it falls short of the Mercedes EQS’ 453-mile official range. Expect to be able to charge in as little as 30 minutes using the fastest public charging points.

BMW i7 2023 camouflaged front bumper static

From the outside, the i7 will look far more conventional than the curvaceous EQS, with a silhouette similar to the current 7 Series, albeit with a more protrusive grille and chunkier lights at each end. The ability to choose between a normal or long-wheelbase version – where long-wheelbase cars have their front and rear wheels set farther apart to increase interior space – will also continue with the i7.

It’s likely to be a similar story inside; expect it to put an eco-friendly twist on the 7 Series theme, with a suite of sustainable materials such as walnut wood and recycled plastics available on the options list. While BMW hasn't revealed how the dashboard will look, it's likely to share design cues with that of the iX electric SUV.

BMW iX 2021 interior dashboard

The latest iDrive infotainment system will feature, combining a 14.9in infotainment display and a rotary controller on the centre console. In the iX (pictured above), we were impressed by the system’s razor-sharp graphics and how quickly it responded to inputs from the rotary controller, which proved easier to use on the move than the touchscreen. 

The iX’s augmented reality sat-nav system will also be available, which displays arrows over a live video feed of your drive shown on the infotainment screen, so you can see upcoming turns in a real-world context, instead of just looking at a sat-nav map.

Rear-seat passengers will enjoy truly limousine-like legroom and more than enough space for tall folk to stretch out. In the long-wheelbase version, this space will swell further to enable the use of electric seat recliners and a footstool, so you can have a nap as you’re chauffeured between appointments.

In terms of boot space, no figures have been announced, but the 7 Series tends to be quite well-endowed in that regard and the i7's boot is unlikely to be much smaller – certainly big enough to carry all of your sustainably sourced shopping.

BMW i7 2023 camouflaged rear 3/4 tracking

Driver-assistance technology to controls the car’s positioning and speed on the motorway will also be included, with the aim of taking some of the stress out of longer journeys.

A version of this technology also features in the iX3 electric SUV, in which it was recently rated the highest of all driver-assistance systems tested in 2021 by the safety experts at Thatcham Research. They were impressed with features it has that ensure you stay alert and focused on the road, as well as how its collision avoidance systems performed when put to the test.

Expect i7 prices to start from £90,000, which undercuts the Mercedes EQS by  around £10,000 and is £17,000 more expensive than the current combustion-engined 7 Series. However, a range-topping i7 with all the option boxes ticked is likely to cost £125,000 – slightly more than you’d pay for the top-of-the-line EQS 450+ Exclusive Luxury.

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