It was in February 2016 when we first saw the actual BMW 740e, and rumours quickly spread that it will have a short life cycle. But sources now say that the plug-in hybrid fullsize sedan will retire next year to give way to a new 745e. In fact, this model was just at the 2017 SEMA Show to display a wide range of M Performance parts. Hopefully, there will be a more powerful model and there will be an electric car with more range. However, so far there has been no confirmation.
Currently, the outgoing 740e comes with a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder engine that produces 255 horsepower. It is then paired with an electric motor with another 111 horsepower. Overall, the electrified 7 Series can carry out a total of 322 horsepower and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton metres) of torque. When combined with the engine, the 740e develops a peak torque at 1,250 rpm. In only 5.1 seconds, the 740e can accelerate to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) before hitting its maximum speed of 130 miles per hour (209 kilometers per hour).
While we don’t expect dramatic changes, we’re excited to see what the new 745e has to offer. But what we would really like to improve is the current electric range of just 14 miles provided by the 9.2 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery pack that is recharged via a standard J1772 3.7 kW plug. We anticipate that extending the range will really drum up sales for the series.
For comparison’s sake, BMW’s new plug-in hybrid, the X5 xDrive40e that we first saw in March 2015 had 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque from the same 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. Notably, this model takes a little longer when it comes to do the sprint, hitting 60 miles per hour is 6.5 seconds, before maxing out at 130 miles per hour. Just like the 745e, this plug-in hybrid SUV also makes use of a 9.2 kilowatt hour battery with the same range of 14 miles.
Having said all that, we are not likely to witness a huge jump in performance from the X5 xDrive45e, based on the current version’s specifications. In addition, the report does not also say whether the upgrades will mean an increase in price for the two plug-in hybrids. One can get the existing 740e in the United States from $90,700 MSRP. And for the X5 xDrive40e, it can be had for $63,500. Their successors are scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2018. Knowing this much, will the new and improved 7 Series and X5 Hybrid models be on your wish list?