BMW is busy cold-weather testing the upcoming i7 electric luxury sedan
Six months ago, BMW introduced its first-ever pure-electric sedan, the i4. Despite the lack of an internal combustion engine (ICE), the i4 is more powerful than an M3 or M4 thanks to a pair of electric motors (one at each axle).
In its most powerful version (the M50), the i4 generates 544 PS and 795 Nm of torque sent to all four wheels. The result is a brisk 0 – 100 km/h time of just 3.9 seconds. In addition, the i4 can cover 510 km before needing to recharge.
Impressive right? But while the i4 offers sports sedan performance without guilt, BMW will also be launching a fully-electric luxury sedan. That time is about to come as the Bavarian automaker recently revealed the first photos of its latest EV. Best of all, it will even work in very harsh conditions.
You are looking at the first photos of BMW's upcoming i7 albeit still covered in camouflage. Currently enduring cold-weather testing at the company's winter testing center in Arjeplog, Sweden, the i7 will serve as the brand's flagship all-electric luxury sedan.
Despite the camo livery hiding the vehicle's exact shape, it's easy to see that i7 is essentially a zero-emissions 7 Series.
BMW is currently testing the suspension, steering, and braking components to ensure it will be able to deliver a balance between sportiness and ride comfort despite the cold weather conditions. More importantly, BMW is testing whether the all-electric powertrain can endure the harsh winter weather – particularly the motors, the battery, and the temperature control system of the i7.
BMW has yet to go into specifics about the i7's electric powertrain. However, they did say it uses the fifth-generation eDrive technology currently being used in the iX electric SUV. This means the flagship sedan could come with either 300 PS or 500 PS in the all-wheel-drive version.
With the automaker still busy testing the i7, its official debut could happen sometime next year. But could BMW distributor SMC Asia Cars Distributors Corporation (aka BMW Philippines) actually offer the i7 here once it's officially launched?
If you check the automaker's website, the iX is already listed. Spencer Yu, president of BMW Philippines also shared with us that they are studying the possibility of offering the all-new iX in the country.
Should EV infrastructures become more widely available in the country soon, perhaps the iX and i7 will be joined by other electric BMWs in the near future.