BMW iX7 (BMW X7 Electric) to be released in 2027: Report

  • X7 to remain BMW's sole offering in the full-size three-row SUV segment
  • First-ever BMW iX7 to be a conversion of the next-gen X7 & not a dedicated EV like the EQS SUV
  • Could debut in H1 2027 and start reaching dealers in H2 2027
  • BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the U.S. expected to make the all-electric X7

Update: ‘Interior’ section added.

The BMW iX will remain the brand’s only battery-electric SUV in the upper-class segments for the foreseeable future. While early info about the BMW iX6 and the BMW iX7 have emerged, they are not due until the second half of the decade.

BMW iX7 release date & production

According to a thread from BimmerPost forum member ynguldyn from September 2022, a BMW iX7 is part of the company’s long-term strategy. ynguldyn, who holds a good track record for revealing BMW’s internal plans, says that the iX7 will share the CLAR platform with the next-gen X7 (G67). Production will be alongside the gas-powered donor at the BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the U.S. from August 2027.

6 pure-electric BMWs allotted to the U.S. plant

BMW Group plans to manufacture no less than six all-electric models in the U.S. The company is investing USD 1 billion to prepare for EV production at the Spartanburg plant. The batteries for the EVs will come from a nearby battery assembly facility located in Woodruff. The cells will be BMW Group’s newly-developed round units, sourced from a 30 GWh factory owned by Envision AESC, also located in South Carolina.

Timing its launch

BMW seems to be biding its time, awaiting advancements in battery technology and an uptick in demand for large electric SUVs before launching the X5 Electric and X7 Electric models. However, that’s not to say that they’ve done nothing towards these launches. An autocar.co.uk report said in 2020 that an all-electric BMW X7 alternative was already under consideration and that the project was in the early stages, far from the final design lock. The British website’s sources had indicated that the BMW Group had worked on some designs for its largest all-electric SUV.

Design

BMW iX7 render front angle
An X7 electric or an iX7 (rendered) should go on sale in the second half of the decade as reported by BimmerPost forum member ynguldyn. It will target the U.S. market, similar to the gas-powered variant.

TopElectricSUV.com’s rendition of the iX7 is imagined as a conversion of the first-gen BMW X7. While an all-electric BMW X7 is inevitable in the long run, the company would play catch up as the competition (Mercedes, Cadillac, Jeep, Lucid, and Land Rover) has begun introducing fully-electrified large SUVs.

The BMW iX7 in the rendering is only a pictorial reference. A converted X7, it features modified front and rear aprons, an enclosed kidney grille, more aerodynamic wheels, and blue accents all around for a distinctive identity.

Interior & Features

The BMW iX7 should feature a lavish interior with an upscale design, expensive materials, and high-tech comfort and convenience features throughout the cabin. From glass applications to a high-tech ambient lighting system and a roof-mounted 8K rear entertainment display (BMW Theatre Screen), the iX7 should come with many of BMW’s recently introduced interior features.

The iX7 may flaunt BMW Panoramic Vision as well, the company’s upcoming next-gen head-up display that projects information across the entire width of the windscreen. This should be in addition to a conventional 3D head-up display. We expect it to feature the latest BMW iDrive with a parallelogram-shaped central display as well. Wireless smartphone charging pads with cooling, a big panoramic sunroof, massage seats, relaxing soundscapes, and a high-fidelity audio system should be among other noteworthy features of the iX7.

Specifications

Charging

Given that the BMW iX7 is years away from dealers, safely assume that it will be technologically superior to the BMW i7 or the BMW iX. For reference, in the i7 xDrive60, the onboard AC charger allows topping it up at up to 11 kW, while with a public DC charger, it’s possible to charge at 195 kW, figures that will improve with BMW’s future 800V architecture.

Cells

The iX7 will have a more advanced battery pack consisting of BMW Group’s newly-developed round battery cells. The sixth generation of the company’s lithium-ion cells will offer an improvement of over 20% in energy density, up to 30% in charging speed, and up to 30% in range, Frank Weber, the company’s R&D boss, has said.

The cylindrical cells can allow a 50% reduction in costs, compared to the currently used fifth-gen cells. The new cells are crucial for the company in realizing its goal of bringing the manufacturing costs of EVs to the same level as vehicles with internal combustion engines.

Range

Regardless of the battery type and cell chemistry, customers would expect 300-350 miles of EPA range from a family car like the BMW iX7, and that is likely to be the standard for upper-end luxury SUVs this decade.

TopElectricSUV says

2024 BMW X7 M60i side profile
The X7 (pictured) has been a big contributor to both the volume and profits of BMW’s American operations. That said, the all-electric version is expected to face its own set of challenges before it can reach an equal status.

As BMW’s first full-size, pure electric three-row SUV, the iX7 will have to compete with some familiar models, most of which would also be made-in-America vehicles. Like its gas-powered sibling, the all-electric X7 should focus on the U.S. market, where large SUVs have greater demand. It should appeal to BMW customers who prefer tough, boxy, and relatively conventional-looking SUVs.

BMW iX7 FAQs

What is the BMW iX7 release date?

The BMW iX7 will reportedly start arriving at U.S. dealers in 2027.

What is the expected BMW iX7 price?

The BMW iX7 could start at around $110,000 in the U.S. market.

Which electric SUVs will the BMW iX7 contend with?

Featured image: Rendering of the BMW iX7 by TopElectricSUV is only for illustration and doesn’t preview the actual design.