Nope, a BMW iX7 isn’t happening anytime soon [Update]

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 at the moment, as per a report the reliable Autombilwoche published last month.

The German report 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’s no plan 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 to pick up for large electric SUVs to approve new cars. The Die Neue Klasse announcement suggests that it is getting closer to that stage.

Die Neue Klasse platform to underpin BMWs from 2025

Last week, BMW Group announced a new ‘Die Neue Klasse’ platform that would 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).

Die Neue Klasse is a combination of 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 those of 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 upcoming BMW X8 then. The middle of this decade is the period when the BMW X7 is due for a full model change. The full-size three-row SUV was not expected to get a pure electric variant in the current generation.

BMW Die Neue Klasse teaser
BMW would employ the ‘Die Neue Klasse’ platform for next-gen electric vehicles as conversions of ICE cars into EVs have severe limitations. All BMW competitors have announced dedicated electric architectures. Image: BMW

Last year, a rendering from insideevs.com imagined the iX7 as a conversion of the BMW X7. While an all-electric BMW X7 is inevitable in the long-run, whether it will be an ICE conversion or a dedicated EV is not even a worthy subject of speculation at this point. Regardless, seeing the approach it is taking for the BMW X5-class EV – building a dedicated EV – an ICE conversion for a BMW X7-class EV would be an odd choice. Even the competition (Mercedes-Benz) is going for a standalone model in that segment (Mercedes EQS SUV).

Placing these possibilities aside, the BMW iX7 in the rendering is probably the only pictorial reference on the web at the moment. A converted X7 could feature modified front/rear apron, enclosed kidney grille, more aerodynamic wheels and blue accents all around for a distinctive identity. The interior would have even fewer changes. The expectation of customers in this class are much higher, and may necessitate a model developed from the ground up.

BMW Group predicts BEVs to account for a third of annual sales by the year 2025. Achieving such levels of growth require it to sell EVs even the large SUV segment.

An autocar.co.uk report had said last year 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 indicate that the BMW Group has worked on some designs for its largest all-electric SUV. Its report concluded that should the project get management approval, the launch would happen around 2025.

Currently, BMW Group’s BEVs are visually altered ICE models, fitted with batteries and motors. This applies to the MINI Electric and the BMW iX3, and it is the case for the BMW iX1 and the BMW 3 Series Electric arriving in 2022. By 2025, BMW will change its design approach to unique BEVs at least in the high-end segment.

In calendar year 2025, solid-state batteries enter the picture, and some would think of it as the perfect technology for premium battery electric vehicles. However, BMW Group doesn’t expect solid-state batteries to be ready for use until 2027, bmwblog.com had reported in April 2020. Regardless of the technology deployed, a 800 km (497 miles) range would be targeted, as that is likely to be the new normal for upper-end luxury SUVs mid-decade.

BMW iX7 FAQs

What is the BMW iX7 release date?

Unrealistic to expect the iX7 before 2025. When it arrives during the second generation, it should use the Die Neue Klasse platform.

What is the BMW iX7 expected price?

The BMW iX7’s prices could start at around $85,000 in the U.S. market.

Which electric SUVs will the BMW iX7 contend with?