Update: New render added and ‘Specifications’ section updated.
The BMW iX will remain the brand’s only electric SUV in the upper-class segments for the foreseeable future. There’s no plan to launch a BMW iX7, as per a report the reliable Automobilwoche published in February 2021.
The German publication said that the BMW iX is claimed to be as functional as the BMW X5, as dynamic as the BMW X6, and having the visual impact of the BMW X7, and so, there is no need for a BMW iX5, a BMW iX6, or a BMW iX7. BMW is waiting to get its hands on more efficient battery technology and the demand for large electric SUVs to pick up before approving new cars. The Neue Klasse announcement suggests that the next level of electrification is programmed starting in 2025.
TopElectricSUV.com’s rendition of the iX7 is imagined as a conversion of the 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) begins introducing fully-electrified large SUVs starting this year (Mercedes EQS SUV).
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. Customers’ expectations in this class are much higher and necessitate an EV developed from the ground up for the Germans to have any chance in the segment.
An autocar.co.uk report had said in 2020 that an all-electric BMW X7 alternative is under consideration, but that project is in the very early stages, far from the final design lock. The British website’s sources indicated that the BMW Group has worked on some designs for its largest all-electric SUV.
Neue Klasse platform is the super-platform for BMW
In March 2021, BMW Group announced the ‘Neue Klasse’ platform to underpin the next-gen BMW electric vehicles from 2025. This platform logically would be the basis of the first-ever BMW iX7 (BMW X7 electric).
Neue Klasse combines a newly developed IT and software architecture, an entirely new electric drivetrain and battery generation, and new types of sustainability initiatives. This platform would enable making EVs with a range and at costs that match BMW Group’s “state-of-the-art combustion-engine vehicles,” Oliver Zipse, the company’s CEO, said. It would be feasible to fully electrify super-sized SUVs like the BMW X7 and the BMW XM. The middle of this decade is when the BMW X7 is due for a full model change. The full-size three-row SUV is not expected to get a pure electric variant in the current generation.
The first Neue Klasse model will break cover and enter production in 2025, which could either be the next-gen 3 Series or next-gen X3. Whichcar.com.au claims that BMW NA5 and BMW NA0 are their codenames, respectively, and the first Neue Klass BMWs are mid-size cars that are popular in big markets, including the USA, Europe, and China.
According to the Australian publication, BMW Group will electrify all BMW X models, from the X1 to the X7, quicker than coupes and convertibles, which are losing popularity. An X7 electric or an iX7 should go on sale in the second half of the decade, then.
All but two (iX & i3) of BMW Group’s BEVs are visually altered ICE models fitted with batteries and motors. This applies to the MINI Electric, the BMW iX3, the BMW i4, and the BMW i7, and it will be the case for the BMW iX1 (2022) and the BMW i5 arriving in 2023. By 2025, BMW will take a more radical approach, using the Neue Klasse Platform to launch high-spec EVs that are not ‘converts,’ instead developed from Day 1 as electric vehicles.
Given that the BMW iX7 is still a few years away from dealers, it is safe to assume that it will be technologically superior to the BMW i7. The flagship electric sedan will be available in a standard i7 xDrive60 variant and, in the future, a sporty i7 M70 xDrive variant as well.
The i7 xDrive60 uses a 101.7 kWh battery pack, which could be suitable for the entry-level iX7. 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. Two motors spin the wheels, one at the front that generates 190 kW and 365 Nm and one at the rear that develops 230 kW and 380 Nm. A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 4.7 seconds, and 240 km/h is the top speed (electronically limited). BMW Group is expecting an EPA-est. range of 310 miles with this configuration.
BMW doesn’t expect solid-state batteries to be ready for use until 2027, bmwblog.com reported in April 2020. Regardless of the type and cell chemistry, customers would expect around 350 miles of EPA range from a family car like the BMW iX7, and that is likely to be the new normal for upper-end luxury SUVs this decade.
BMW iX7 FAQs
What is the BMW iX7 release date?
Expect the iX7, riding on the Neue Klasse platform, to launch in the second half of the decade.
What is the expected BMW iX7 price?
The BMW iX7’s prices could start at around $100,000 in the U.S. market.
Featured image: Rendering of the BMW iX7 by TopElectricSUV is only for illustration and doesn’t preview the actual design.