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Production years: 2022, 2023
BMW introduced the i7 as a battery-electric (BEV) luxury sedan in 2022 for the 2023 model year, completely changing the pace for its flagship 7 Series model.
The German automaker was among the frontrunners of the electric car revolution when it introduced the i3 in 2013. Even though that was a small-sized vehicle, it paved the way and helped BMW research this new area, where it had little experience. But it recovered sooner than anyone expected. Fast forward nine years, and the carmaker already had a line of electric vehicles, including the luxurious flagship i7.
While some might argue that the kidney grille is too big or too wide, the automaker considered that it was just about the right size. On the sides flanking it, BMW installed the daytime running lights while the headlights were placed lower, featuring adaptive LEDs with an option for crystals from Swarovski. The lower side of the bumper was dominated on the left and right by massive air scoops that channeled the air toward the sides of the vehicle. From its profile, the i7 featured a sloped rear windscreen and a tall deck at the back. As expected, the taillights sported LEDs and no tailpipes.
Inside, the i7 boasted a luxurious cabin that provided plenty of space for four adults. At the front, the dashboard featured a display for the instrument panel and a touchscreen above the center stack. Both were covered by the same piece of glass, creating the image of a single unit. In addition, the i7 featured the iDrive 8 system, providing advanced connectivity technologies and more functions than the previous unit. For the rear-seat passengers, BMW installed a 31.3-inch, 8K touchscreen, the biggest in the automotive industry. That could've been controlled via 5.5" touch controllers integrated into the rear doors.
Under the skin, the i7 was fitted with two electric motors with a total output of 400 kW. These sent their power to both axles.