2019 BMW 7 Series To Get 390 HP Plug-In Hybrid Variant

JAN 13 2018 BY CHRIS BRUCE 16

BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance

Look for a digital instrument panel inside, too.

BMW will reportedly give the 740e plug-in hybrid a big powertrain update for the 2019 model year that will possibly prompt a name change to the 745e. A more powerful electric motor and higher capacity batteries will mean a higher output and a longer electric range, according to BMW Blog citing anonymous sources from BMW in Munich, Germany.

2017 BMW 740e

The upgraded plug-in 7 Series would use the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but the more potent electric motor would reportedly push the total output to 390 horsepower (291 kilowatts) from the current 322 hp (240 kW). The existing 740e can reach 60 mph (96 kph) in 5.1 seconds, so the extra power might be enough to push that figure into a high four-second range.

The higher-capacity batteries will be the same physical size but with an improved energy density over the current 9.2-kilowatt-hours. If the density gains are similar to what is planned elsewhere in the lineup, the current 14-mile (23-kilometer) range could get boosted north of 20 miles (32 km).  According to BMW Blog, the EV system upgrade would also allow for wireless charging.

In addition to the powertrain improvements, the 7 Series would allegedly follow the current trend for vehicle interiors by switching to a fully digital instrument panel.

Senior Editor Jake Holmes reviewed the existing 740e and came away generally impressed. He praised the powertrain by saying: “Strong acceleration and smooth operation belie any indication that the powertrain is a non-traditional setup. There’s little noise or vibration to announce when the gas engine turns on or off.”

However, he found the lack of a digital instrument panel to be a weakness by writing: “BMW’s color display doesn’t provide much more than fuel economy or adaptive-cruise information.”

If you want the efficiency of a PHEV but would prefer a more aggressive look, BMW has M Performance accessories for the 740e.  They give the model a sporty look without sacrificing its economy.

Source: BMW Blog

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16 Comments on "2019 BMW 7 Series To Get 390 HP Plug-In Hybrid Variant"

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ggpa
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ggpa

PHEV with only 20 mile EV range for 2019? Is that all?

This happens because Fed/California incentives did not adjust with battery improvements. The bar must be rained for subsidies and HOV decals must be made

ggpa
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ggpa

Typos – accidentally submitted — sorry

“bar must be raised”
“HOV decals must be made to match Volt-like specs”

Dan
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Dan

I know that Californians think everything that happens is about them. The US accounts for 15% of BMW’s global sales and California sales would be a small fraction of that.

If BMW is really “complying” with any standards, it will be China’s (its largest market) and not any in the US.

menorman
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menorman

That’s 20 more miles than a non-PHEV version gets, so it’s a step forward still. Not everyone wants to or can put up with the inconvenience that comes with owning an EV, so this is an option for them. Also, California already has a minimum AER requirement for a vehicle to qualify under the CVRP, so anything that doesn’t meet it can’t get a rebate, though they might still be able to get the sticker. But I think they’ll probably end the PHEV program soon anyway as the carpool lanes are getting even more clogged.

PHEVfan
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PHEVfan

Current CA HOV stickers expire 1/1/2019. Highly likely only EV stickers will be renewed, though if Tesla M3 reaches full production even that is in jeopardy.

pjwood1
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pjwood1

It’s a step forward for BMW, but again proves that as you pay more for the current crop of hybrid electric vehicles, you get less (going from GM, Chrysler, @17-18KWh, to Porshce BMW at 9-14KWh, or $30-45k to 60-150k).

There is no shame in expecting bigger batteries, as you pay sums like 80k. It’s batteries that vastly improve urban driving, not gas. Fine, if you want a small engine to bail yourself out. Whatever, people should see value in battery size and not get caught up in BMW’s use of decimals, for example.

CarGuy
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CarGuy

The problem with short range PHEVs is many people in Cali buy them just to use the HOV lanes and never plug the cars in. Cali needs to stop handing out stickers for cars with less than a 50 mile EPA range. Cali, if it was a country, would be the 6th largest economy in the world, so yes it matters what Cali does.

John
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John

California the state of fruits and nuts .lol one of the most in debt state in the country .

Merv
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Merv

California is actually #33 in state debt as a percentage of GDP at 5.14%. The average is 5.91%.

Dan Hue
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Dan Hue

Have there been studies about people not plugging their PHEVs? People say that but never back it up with data. I know it was an issue with some GE Volts, whereby GE would pay for the gas but not the electricity. Absent that shortsightedness though, it does not seem to make much sense, given how more pleasurable driving on the battery is, not to mention the benefit of delaying trips to the gas station.

PHEVfan
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PHEVfan

This is what they call an ‘urban legend’. Repeated so often that it is assumed to be true. No proof offered.

At my work out of ~80 employees over a dozen people have Plug-in cars (mostly PHEVs), and there is hardly enough time in the day to charge them all on 4 chargers. Nobody is avoiding the plug and just driving gas.

John
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John

IIRC it was on Insideevs some years ago. Only few plugs their plug-ins in.

mx
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mx

There was one city with Gov. workers who didn’t plug them in.
The city didn’t give them home chargers or something.
You can’t extrapolate from just that one report to people who specifically picked a plugin hybrid of a lot and bought it.

These people want the Quietness of the EV mode, along with the lower pollution, but also the added, instant torque when they want it.

Merv
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Merv

I recall something similar with company cars in Europe with PHEV company cars. Company reimbursed only for gasoline, not for home charging, so workers didn’t charge at home.

Elbonian Engineer
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Elbonian Engineer

PHEVs never plug in?
Rumor or do you have numbers?

Greg Fellner
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Greg Fellner

I thought it was settled in the 1990s that electric cars do not reduce any harm to the environment they only shift the pollution from coming out of your tailpipe to coming out at the electric power plant.