BMW Unveils First 4-Cylinder 7 Series: the 64 MPGe 2017 740e xDrive iPerformance

By Jesse Sokolow on 11 August 2016
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2016 BMW 7 Series

2016 BMW 7 Series

BMW of North America announced the introduction of the 2017 740e xDrive iPerformance. The new sedan is the first 7er in the U.S. market to come with a four-cylinder engine.

The 7er is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system that combines a BMW four-cylinder gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology with an electric motor with a combined system output of 322 horsepower. Maximum torque is 369 pound-feet and is available from 1250 to 4600 rpm.

The 96-cell high-voltage lithium-ion battery was specifically designed for this model and has a gross capacity of 9.2 kWh with a net capacity of 6.5 kWh. It has its own cooling system that is integrated into the interior’s climate control system.

The 740e xDrive can be driven in all-electric mode at speeds of up to 75 mph (121 km/h) and has an all-electric range of 14 miles (22.5 kilometers). The EPA combined fuel economy rating is 64 MPGe. It uses BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system to distribute power between front and rear via an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF.

It sports a newly-designed Driving Dynamics Control that supports Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport modes that BMW says are “even more clearly defined” than on conventionally powered vehicles.

Standard features include Ambiance Lighting, a Bowers and Wilkins sound system, the BMW Display Key, ConnectedDrive navi, smartphone integration with wireless charging, and the iDrive cockpit control system with Gesture Control. Drivers can use the standard auxiliary heating and cooling system to set the car’s temperature in advance of a trip.

The fuel-efficient Bimmer will start to arrive at U.S. BMW dealerships this month and carries an MSRP of $89,100 plus a $995 destination fee.

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