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BMW i7 to arrive in three variants similar to iX SUV [Update]

The BMW iX will be available in two regular variants at launch (xDrive40 & xDrive50), and there’s a hot M60 variant in the pipeline for future release. Reports suggest a similar range for the BMW i7, the pure electric variant of the next-gen 2022 BMW 7 Series.

According to Bimmerpost forum member ynguldyn, who is a BMW insider according to BMW Blog, the i7 will come in three variants: i7 eDrive45, i7 xDrive50, and i7 M60.

Previously, reports said that the BMW i7 will be available in i740, i750, and M60 variants. The speculation was that the i740 could have the cheapest MSRP, the i750 the longest range, and the M60 the fastest acceleration on the tarmac. BMW Group has probably changed the variant names now to make it easier for customers to understand the positioning and drivetrain layout, given their similarity with the variant names of the 7 Series.

BMW i7 specifications

The BMW i7eDrive45/BMW i740i could have a single motor at the rear, while the BMW i7 xDrive50/BMW i750i and BMW i7 M60 could have dual-motor all-wheel drive.

The BMW 7 Series electric will feature an evolved fifth-generation eDrive that BMW’s former CEO Harald Krueger said would have a range of about 700 km on a single charge. The vehicle will arrive not without competition waiting for it as Daimler has launched the Mercedes EQS.

The BMW iX comes with two battery pack options, one with a gross energy storage capacity of over 76.6 kWh and one with a gross energy storage capacity of 111.5 kWh. The BMW i7 may come with 80 kWh and 120 kWh battery packs that offer a range of around 500 km (WLTP) and approximately 650-700 km (WLTP), respectively. The top-end BMW 7 Series electric would support fast-charging at up to at least 200 kW, powerful enough to achieve a range of 100 km (62 miles) in around ten minutes.

BMW i7 design

The BMW i7 won’t be a standalone EV like the Mercedes EQS but a next-gen BMW 7 Series variant. However, it would be distinguishable from the donor model. Unlike the plug-in hybrid variant that gets soft visual changes, the pure electric variant would have a bold exterior and new panels to leave the i7 with a different identity.

The BMW i7 could feature clear surfaces to improve airflow around the car. Clear aero lips, mouldings to the skirts concealing the battery technology, and rear diffuser elements that fill the design space opened up by the exhaust pipes are a few examples of the possible aerodynamic efficiency enhancement design measures. The i7’s design recipe should include BMW’s signature four-eyed front done in a modern and pared-back way and the i-style blue accent on the grille as well. The kidney grille of the electric sedan may hide a plethora of sensors required for autonomous driving systems and active safety systems.

ElectricVehicleWeb reader Roc Terricabres Esperalba (Instagram: rocterrii) shared the above pictures with us, and they are spy shots of a BMW i7 test mule. The BMW i7 prototype features a flattish roof, an angular greenhouse, and a decklid longer than the EQS. Most automakers are giving more coupe-like characteristics to EVs for higher aerodynamic efficiency and a longer range. But it looks like the Munich-based automaker is trying to preserve the traditional shape in the electric sedan.