Published On Dec 05, 2021 08:00:00 AM
BMW to take on the Mercedes-Benz EQS with the i7, which will be unveiled next year.
- BMW i7 to rival EQS
- Will be unveiled next year
- Expected to come with multiple range options
BMW i7 to take on Mercedes EQS
While the brand has not released details on the i7’s powertrain, the dual-motor set-up used by the iX xDrive50 produces 523hp. In this form, the iX is capable of 0-100kph in 4.6sec and an electronically limited 250kph top speed, so the i7 should post broadly similar figures.
The iX will initially be available in three forms – xDrive40, xDrive50 and top-rung M60, with the last one packing more than 600hp – and the i7 is likely to roughly follow suit. The 105.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack in the iX is claimed to be capable of around 611km of range, and if equipped with the same unit, the lower-slung i7 could improve upon that.
Previous spy images have shown an interior closely mirroring that of the iX, with a prominent central infotainment display and a curved digital instrument cluster. BMW is expected to officially unveil the i7 in the coming months, ahead of its launch towards the end of 2022.
BMW in India
In India, BMW is set to enter the luxury SUV segment with the launch of the iX electric SUV on December 13. Next year, BMW is also expected to bring in facelifts for the X3 and X4, along with the launch of the much-anticipated new M3 and M4.
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