New hybrid BMW 7 Series revealed

BMW's new 740e iPerformance hybrid will go on sale this summer...

New hybrid BMW 7 Series revealed

The new hybrid version of BMW's 7 Series has been revealed and will reach the UK this summer following its debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

What is it?

The 740e iPerformance is BMW's latest hybrid model and is based on the recently launched 7 Series luxury saloon. The 740e iPerformance will be available as a standard model and as a long-wheelbase variant. It also gets the option of all-wheel drive.

The luxury model is the first BMW hybrid to be given the iPerformance badge as BMW looks to tie in its mainstream cars with its futuristic 'i' brand.

What engines can I choose from?

The sole engine choice is a 2.0-litre petrol, which is mated to an electric motor. The system gives a combined power output of 322bhp and 369lb ft of torque. It's capable of returning a claimed 134.5mpg, with CO2 emissions rated at just 49g/km. The 740e can also reach 62mph from a standing start in 5.6sec, with the long-wheelbase version being only slightly slower.

In all-wheel-drive xDrive form, the 740e iPerformance returns 122.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 53g/km. It's slightly faster to 62mph, taking 5.5sec. All models come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

BMW says the hybrid 7 Series can be charged from a domestic power socket in less than four hours, or from a wall-mounted charging point in under three hours.

How much equipment does it come with?

As the 740e iPerformance is based on the luxurious 7 Series, it's already loaded with kit. Extra standard equipment on the hybrid model includes bespoke graphics for the instrument cluster, LED headlights, a mobile phone charger and satellite navigartion.

How much will it cost?

BMW hasn't revealed pricing for the 740e iPerformance, but expect it to appear towards the top end of the BMW 7 Series range. High-end versions of the 7 Series currently cost around £79,000.

How good are its rivals?

The 740e iPerformance's main rival is Mercedes-Benz's hybrid version of the S-Class, which currently has a four-star rating on What Car? We've been impressed with the regular 7 Series, too, so this hybrid version should be a tempting proposition.