The BMW i7 is the fifth all-electric vehicle the automaker has launched in China, after its previous offerings here included the iX, i4, iX3 and i3.
BMW officially made the BMW i7 available in China on December 9, and the model is the German luxury carmaker’s latest electric vehicle (EV) offering in one of the most competitive markets.
The car is a luxury sedan with a length, width and height of 5,391 mm, 1,950 mm and 1,548 mm, respectively, and a wheelbase of 3,215 mm.
The only version of the BMW i7 currently sold in China is the xDrive60L, with a starting price of RMB 1,459,000 ($209,950).
The BMW i7 xDrive60L has an electric motor with a maximum output of 400 kW and a peak motor torque of 745 Nm. It can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.
The car is powered by a 105.7 kWh battery pack and has a CLTC range of 650 km.
The BMW i7 xDrive60L consumes 17.9 kWh per 100 km and can be charged from 0 to 80 percent in 56 minutes.
While making the BMW i7 xDrive60L available in China today, BMW has also started pre-sales for two versions of the i7 eDrive50L at a pre-sale price of RMB 1 million and RMB 1.2 million respectively.
The BMW i7 is the automaker’s fifth pure electric vehicle to be launched in China, with its previous offerings here including the iX, i4, iX3 and i3.
The model launch comes a day after the BMW Group announced on December 8 that it expects the number of all-electric models it offers in China to reach 11 in 2023, including the iX1, which will be built in China.
BMW expects to have a comprehensive lineup of all-electric vehicles in China in 2023, covering all market segments.
The BMW iX1 could be priced above RMB 300,000 to compete with the Tesla Model Y, according to local media.
BMW plans to deliver 2 million pure electric vehicles worldwide by 2025, and will also launch new models built on a new architecture platform.
By 2030, BMW’s all-electric vehicle sales will reach 50 percent of the company’s total sales, which will bring its cumulative sales of all-electric vehicles to 10 million, according to the company.
BMW expects to have its Rolls-Royce, MINI brand BMW Motorrad urban mobility range to be fully electric by 2025.
This article was first published by Phate Zhang on CnEVPost, a website focusing on new energy vehicle news from China.