2022 BMW 7 Series will be offered with an electric variant.

2022 BMW 7 Series will be offered with an electric variant.

The next-generation version of the luxury saloon is set to arrive in 2022.

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.

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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.

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