The 2023 BMW 7 Series made its official debut this week, and while General Motors-owned luxury brand Cadillac left the full-size sedan segment back in 2020, the automaker will certainly be paying close attention to the new i7 battery-electric variant.
In the United States, the 2023 BMW 7 Series will launch in three trim levels: entry-level 740i, mid-grade 760i and the battery-electric i7 xDrive60. Let’s first focus on the electric i7 xDrive 60, which will come standard with a 101.7 kWh battery and a dual-motor powertrain good for 536 horsepower and 549 pound-feet of torque. This setup will give the full-size luxury sedan a BMW-estimated EPA driving range of 300 miles on a full charge. The automaker says the sedan can add 80 miles of range to the battery in about 10 minutes when plugged into a DC fast charging station thanks to its 195 kW charge rate.
Power in the 740i model, meanwhile, comes from BMW’s B58 3.0L twin turbocharged inline-six engine, which is rated at 375 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with an integrated 48V mild-hybrid system is standard, sending power to the rear wheels. The 760i xDrive model features the same transmission and mild hybrid setup, but trades the 3.0L engine for a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 rated at 536 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The 760i is the quickest model, hustling from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, followed by the electric i7 xDrive 60 at 4.5 seconds and the 740i at 5.2 seconds.
All BMW 7 Series variants will come standard with adaptive air suspension with automatic self-levelling, as well as adaptive, electronically controlled dampers. The 760i xDrive and i7 xDrive 60 models will also come standard with rear-wheel steering, which reduces the 7 Series’ turning circle by about two and a half feet and increases overall agility and stability at speed. Active roll stabilization is also available on the 760i xDrive.
A large widescreen infotainment display greets occupants of the BMW 7 Series, which consists of a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a 14.9-inch control display mounted under a uniform piece of glass.
For back seat passengers, there’s an optional 31.1inch BMW Theater Display, which can be controlled via 5.5-inch touchscreen displays mounted in either of the rear doors. A panoramic sunroof with embedded LED backlighting is also standard, along with an 18-speaker Bowers and Wilkins audio system. A hands-free highway drive assistant akin to Super Cruise is also available and works at speeds up to 80 mph.
While Cadillac left the full-size sedan segment behind in 2020, it will be paying close attention to the i7 and what it has to offer, with the American brand planning to transition to a full battery-electric portfolio by 2030. While it has an electric large sedan in development in the way of the Cadillac Celestiq, this vehicle is expected to be much more luxurious, occupying the $250,000 price point. Pricing for the BMW 7 Series, by comparison, starts at $94,295 including destination for the 740i. The i7 xDrive 60 is the priciest of the three at $120,295.