BMW has confirmed that the next-generation version of its flagship 7 Series saloon will be available with an all-electric variant.
Revealed in the brand’s annual press conference that detailed the firm’s financial results for 2019, BMW chairman Oliver Zipse confirmed that the next 7 Series will be available with petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and all-electric forms.
Zipse added that all 7 Series variants will be based on a single architecture, with the all-electric version set to sit at the top of the line-up.
That likely signifies that the current flagship M760Li variant, which features a 601bhp 6.6-litre V12 petrol engine, is likely to not be renewed once the current 7 Series bows out of production.
The next-generation 7 Series is due in 2022, though the petrol and diesel versions are likely to arrive before the EV.
Arriving before the electric 7 Series, though, will be battery-powered versions of the Mercedes S-Class (called the EQS) as well as the British-built Jaguar XJ – two models that will be key rivals to BMW’s new electric luxury saloon.See available 7 Series deals
The German manufacturer has already sold more than 500,000 electrified models, with the firm having one of the most comprehensive line-ups in this sector – predominantly from plug-in hybrids.