The 2019 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid range has been revealed ahead of a potential Australian release late this year.
BMW will offer three variants – 745e, 745Le and 745Le xDrive – which promise a high level of efficiency combined with sporty flair and luxury.
Across the range, the hybrid system comprises a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and an electric motor powered by an advanced high-voltage battery. The system has combined outputs of 290kW and 600Nm.
In terms of performance, the 0-100km/h dash takes 5.2 seconds in the 745e, 5.3 seconds in the long-wheelbase 745Le and 5.1 seconds in the 745Le xDrive. All three models have an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.
The new high-voltage battery has a gross energy content increased to 12.0kWh. All models can now travel in electric mode at speeds up to 110km/h, which is 20km/h faster than the outgoing model.
Depending on the model, the pure-electric driving range is rated between 50-58 kilometres.
Combined fuel consumption figures are quoted at 2.3 to 2.1 litres per 100km, 2.3 to 2.2 litres per 100km and 2.6 to 2.3 litres per 100km for the 745e, 745Le and 745Le xDrive respectively.
The electric motor is integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission, it uses braking and coasting to generate and feed energy into the high-voltage battery. The battery is located under the rear seats with the 46-litre fuel tank positioned above the rear axle.
The range will feature a variety of driving modes including sport, adaptive, hybrid, electric and battery control which are displayed on the newly designed instrument panel.
Local specifications and pricing are yet to be announced. Stay tuned!
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