BMW 7 Series (G70) 740d xDrive

G70 is the internal designation for the seventh generation of the BMW 7 Series, a range of luxury cars produced by the German luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW since July 2022. Introduced on April 2022, 7 Series and i7 are the respective designations for BMW’s internal combustion and battery electric full-size luxury flagship models. BMW had unveiled the model on 20 April 2022 during the nameplate’s 45th anniversary. Sold as a 2023 model, it is longer than its predeccessor model. This model offers petrol and diesel models, come standard with a 48-volt mild hybrid powertrain; a plug-in hybrid system is available. Additionally, this model is also the first 7 Series offer a mild hybrid powertrain. The seventh-generation BMW 7 Series is often collectively referred to as the G70.

The G70 had commenced production on 1 July 2022, exactly seven years after the previous model. The i7 is the first 7 Series to offer a fully electric powertrain, which shares powertrains with the smaller G60 i5. Both 7 Series and i7 offer optional rear- or all-wheel drive drivetrains. The V12 model is no longer offered, instead gets replaced by the M760e plug-in hybrid.

Development of the G70 had commenced in 2017 when had BMW began conceiving ideas on how they would replace the G11 / G12. Design concepts had been received from design centres in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2020, the automaker had announced that diesel models would be carried over, as well as an announcing an electric variant, called the “i7”, would be available. The model was spied testing in October 2021, which was the same month that BMW CEO of development Frank Weber had announced the G70 and the G60 would both optionally offer Level 3 autonomous driving. Weber had also made plans for the iX to also offer self-driving. On 4 February 2022, the 7 Series was seen testing again, while on the 22nd, the 7 Series had underwent acoustic testing as a pre-production model.

The 7 Series was unveiled on 20 April 2022, with a headlight design reminiscent to those of the X7 facelift. The G70 7 Series is offered with petrol, petrol plug-in hybrid, diesel, and battery electric powertrains, with the latter being marketed as the i7. A V12 petrol engine option is no longer offered. The vehicle is 130 mm (5.1 in) longer, 48 mm (1.9 in) wider and 51 mm (2.0 in) taller compared to the previous generation long-wheelbase model. China is expected to account for 45 per cent of 7 Series sales. Unlike previous generations, BMW will offer only one length of the G70.

The G70 is built upon the rear-wheel drive based Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform shared with the smaller G60 5 Series. This platform was used on the previous model and underpins vehicle that feature a longitudinally mounted combustion engine or a fully-electric drivetrain.

Assembly: Dingolfing (Germany)

Years of production: 2022—

Engine: 6 cylinders; 2993 cc

Power: 282 HP

Max speed: 250 km/h

Range: 1213 km

Fuel consumption: 6 l/100 km

Weight: 2,175 kg

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