2021 BMW 7 Series
The next-generation BMW 7 Series has some wild reports swirling about that, if true, would be a significant shift for the large luxury sedan. According to a new report from BMW Blog, the next-generation 7 Series will offer an all-electric model. This comes months after another report from the publication recommended the model would ditch its V8 and V12 engines for various hybrid choices.
2021 BMW 7 Series Engine
The all-electric 7 Series is presumably dubbed the i7, and development is well underway. BMW Blog’s sources say battery pack capability could range from 80-kilowatt hours to 120 kWh. This means the future i7 might offer a variety of 700 kilometers (434 miles) on a single charge.
While news the iconically large and glamorous 7 Series sedan could lose its most powerful engines is worrying, there’s no doubt the all-electric powertrain would easily fill those powerful shoes. The publication says the top-tier i7 offering could have at least 650 horsepower (484 kilowatts), which would make it one effective sedan.
BMW is diving grille first into electrification. Although rumors say the next 7 Series will lack large-displacement engines, do not anticipate the next generation of the sedan to be slow. BMW’s 3.0-liter inline-six engine will continue for both the plug-in and mild-hybrid 7 Series with the entry-level, hybrid-powered 7 Series making 560 hp (420 kW) and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque. Those are remarkable performance numbers.
2021 BMW 7 Series Rumors
As of right now, these are just rumors. BMW is pressing hard into electrification, preparing for an inevitable though uncertain EV future. The next-generation 7 Series might strike the marketplace in late 2021 or early 2022, which indicates we might see a concept or production variation reasonably quickly as we head into auto show season. If BMW can match or beat the efficiency of its gasoline-powered vehicles, the automaker ought to have no problem finding a customer base.