It’s lucky number seven for BMW as they reveal the seventh generation of their flagship saloon. Launching later this year with the pure electric i7 xDrive60, the plug-in hybrid 750e xDrive and M760e xDrive are set to follow in spring 2023.
Available exclusively in long-wheelbase form in either M Sport or Excellence specification, the new BMW 7 Series range aims to offer the best of both the BMW i and BMW M brands.
BMW 7 Series design
The new BMW 7 Series has grown slightly in all ways, with its dimensions now being 5,391mm length, 1,950mm width and 1,544mm height. Its wheelbase also grows slightly and is now 3,215mm which further enhances seating comfort in the rear. The headroom in the interior of the new BMW 7 Series has also been noticeably improved.
The 7 Series is characterised by the same ‘Iconic Glow’ illuminated kidney grille which will also be seen on the new BMW X7. The front also features the same split headlight design seen on the X7 too, with LED running lights positioned above to give a highly distinctive presence.
Following the smooth flowing lines of the cars profile, the rear end is characterised by slim and elegant LED rear light. The “L” shape familiar from many other BMW models is formed by an integrated chrome strip and the rear light bars positioned below it. The braking light and turn indicator light are generated by two slim strips below the main rear lights.
BMW 7 Series interior
The BMW 7 Series interior is naturally a lavish affair, with wood and polished aluminium surfaces throughout. The rear passenger compartment is particularly impressive, with a significantly improved reclining position offered and gap-free leg rest.
The newly-designed steering wheel has two spokes and a flat-bottomed rim. Its control panels contain rocker switches and scroll wheels as well as buttons offering haptic feedback when pressed. In the BMW M and M Sport models, the optimised functionality of the wheel combines with a classical three-spoke design. An exquisitely designed control panel on the centre console hosts the iDrive Controller, Start/Stop button, volume control for the audio system and buttons to control vehicle functions.
The newly-developed comfort seats that are standard in the new BMW 7 Series offer wider seat surfaces than the outgoing model, as well as extensive electric adjustment, seat heating and lumbar support for the driver and front passenger.
Panel heating for the armrests in the door trim and centre console and underside of the instrument panel also offer an extra level of luxury. The driver-focused cockpit enables the number of buttons, switches and controls in the cockpit to be significantly reduced too.
BMW 7 Series tech and infotainment
As is to be expected from BMW’s flagship saloon, tech takes pride of place throughout. For driver and front seat passengers, this is encompassed in BMW Curved Display: a fully digital screen grouping which consists of a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches. Arranged beneath a shared glass surface, the displays are directed ergonomically towards the driver making the already intuitive touch control even more straightforward.
The centre piece is undoubtedly the optional BMW Theatre Screen with Amazon Fire TV: this 31.3″ 8K touchscreen spreads out horizontally across virtually the full width of the interior and extends down from the headliner to the front seat backrests. It folds into the ceiling to be out of the way when not in use, and can be moved closer or further from the rear passengers to put it within arm’s reach for touch controls or to manoeuvre it to the preferred viewing distance.
BMW 7 Series performance, range and pricing
Driving pleasure, passenger comfort and a luxurious ambience without compromise – and with zero local emissions: the BMW i7 xDrive60 aims to offer it all. It will offer a range of up to 310 miles thanks to its high-voltage battery capacity of 101.7 kWh.
The Combined Charging Unit in the BMW i7 xDrive60 allows AC charging at a rate of up to 11 kW, while DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 195 kW. This allows 106 miles (WLTP) of range to be added in just ten minutes at a high-power charging station.
Launching with the all-electric BMW i7 xDrive60 in late 2022, BMW will further expand the 7 Series line-up in 2023 with the introduction of the 750e xDrive and M760e xDrive plug-in hybrid models.
|Model||Max Power (hp)*||Peak Torque (Nm)*||Acceleration|
|Top Speed (mph)**||Electric Range (WLTP) (miles)*||CO2|
|Fuel Consumption Combined (WLTP)|
(WLTP) kWh/62 miles*
|i7 xDrive60||544||745||4.7||149||367 – 388||0||N/A||19.6 – 18.4||£107,400|
|750e xDrive||490||700||TBA||TBA||50||28 – 22||235.4 – 282.5||26.9 – 24.5||TBA|
|M760e xDrive||571||800||TBA||TBA||50||28 – 25||235.4 – 256.8||26.9 – 25.8||TBA|