BMW Introduces Plug-In 740e, 740Le And 740Le xDrive – Specs

JUL 16 2016 BY MARK KANE 27

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW is introducing its plug-in hybrid drive system to the 7 Series (on top of the previously offered X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 225xe).

There are three versions of the electrified 740:

  • BMW 740e iPerformance (standard wheelbase)
  • BMW 740Le iPerformance (long wheelbase)
  • BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance (long wheelbase, all-wheel drive)

The first two are rear-wheel drive, while the top of the line xDrive is all-wheel drive.

Regardless of the version, the same engine is utilized – in this case the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever fitted in a series-produced BMW – putting out 258 hp/400Nm, along with a 83 kW electric motor (113hp/25- Nm) coupled to a 8-speed automatic transmission.

The e-drivetrain portion of the BMW is motivated by a 9.2 kWh battery (with 7.4 kWh usable capacity), which offers up to 44–48 km (27-30 miles) of all-electric range (little less in the xDrive/AWD version). Once again we will note is is a NEDC range estimate, so it is more than a little high, we imagine a realistic real world/EPA rating would be for something around 26km/16 miles, given the X5 plug-in nets 23 km/14 miles in a less aerodynamic package.

No final pricing/release date has yet been announced, but we expect a starting price around $90,000 in the US, € 95,000 in Europe, and for the plug-in 7 series to arrive by October.

Quicks Specs – BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance:

  • four-cylinder petrol engine (190 kW/258 hp and 400 Nm) combined with permanently excited synchronous motor (83 kW/113 hp, 250 Nm) integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission for total system output of 240 kW/326 hp and 500 Nm)
  • RWD
  • acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 5.4 seconds (740e iPerformance) or 5.5 seconds (740Le iPerformance)
  • 9.2 kWh (net capacity of 7.4 kWh)
  • all-electric range (NEDC) up to 44–48 kilometres (27–30 miles)
BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

Quick Specs – BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance:

  • four-cylinder petrol engine (190 kW/258 hp and 400 Nm) combined with permanently excited synchronous motor (83 kW/113 hp, 250 Nm) integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission for total system output of 240 kW/326 hp and 500 Nm)
  • AWD
  • acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 5.3 seconds
  • 9.2 kWh (net capacity of 7.4 kWh)
  • all-electric range (NEDC) up to 41–45 kilometres (25–28 miles)

BMW Press blast …be warned, it is Audi-like in length:

The new BMW 740e iPerformance, the new BMW 740Le iPerformance, the new BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance.

The BMW eDrive drive system technology developed for BMW i cars has arrived in the new BMW 7 Series model range in the shape of three plug-in hybrid luxury sedans. The trio source their power from the myriad talents of a latest-generation four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor. Together, they deliver a system output of 240 kW/326 hp. The new BMW 740e iPerformance with standard wheelbase and the new BMW 740Le iPerformance with long wheelbase capture the imagination with supreme dynamics, yet also record average petrol consumption of 2.2 – 2.0 litres per 100 kilometres / 128.4 – 141.2 mpg imp and CO2 emissions of 50 – 45 grams per kilometre (BMW 740Le iPerformance: 51 – 45 g/km). In the new BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance (petrol consumption combined:
2.5 – 2.1 l/100 km [113 – 134.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 56 –49 g/km), intelligent all-wheel drive distributes the combined power of the combustion engine and electric motor permanently and as required between the front and rear wheels.

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

The plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 7 Series allow top-level driving pleasure, long-distance comfort and luxury to be experienced in combination with all-electric, locally emission-free mobility as well. The BMW iPerformance Automobiles represent the most rigorous implementation yet of Efficient Dynamics in vehicles from the BMW brand. Both BMW eDrive and the body structure with Carbon Core are rooted in know-how from BMW i. When it comes to charging the high-voltage battery, customers benefit from innovative products and services originally developed for BMW i. The BMW 740e iPerformance, BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance can also be specified as an option with anti-dazzle BMW Laserlight, which celebrated its world premiere in the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.

Intelligent energy management optimises the interplay of the combustion engine and electric motor. The electric boost function provides a noticeable increase in dynamic vigour – expressed most prominently by the powertrain’s instantaneous responses – and combines with enhanced efficiency courtesy of the electric assist function and the opportunity to drive through town and cross-country on electric power only to create a unique symbiosis of driving pleasure and sustainability. The maximum electric range, as per the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, is 44 – 48 kilometres / 27 – 30 miles for the BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance, or 41 – 45 kilometres / 25 – 28 miles for the BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance (figures may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

The best of two worlds: BMW eDrive and BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
The combustion engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology employed by the plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 7 Series is a member of the new Efficient Dynamics engine family. Developing maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp, it is the most powerful four-cylinder engine ever fitted in a series-produced BMW. Instantaneous power delivery and peak torque of 400 Newton metres (295 lb-ft) – on tap across a wide rev range (1,550 – 4,400 rpm) – imbue the 2.0-litre unit with vivaciously sporty yet also poised and authoritative performance. In addition, the new engine displays outstanding refinement.

The electric drive system, based on the principle of a permanently excited synchronous motor, boasts exceptionally high power density with a maximum output of 83 kW/113 hp. As is characteristic for electric drive systems, it serves up its peak torque of 250 Newton metres (184 lb-ft) from the word go. The boost effect for the combustion engine provides the driver with thrillingly instantaneous responses. Furthermore, the electric motor takes on the role of a generator which – depending on the hybrid function selected – is powered either by recuperating braking energy or by efficiently raising the engine’s load points. It then feeds the energy it generates into the high-voltage battery.

The electric motor is fully integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. This ensures that pure-electric driving, the dynamics-enhancing electric boost function and the recuperation of braking energy are all extremely efficient. The eight-speed Steptronic transmission has outstanding internal efficiency, top-class shift dynamics and shift comfort, and a compact construction. Gearshift paddles on the steering wheel are available as an option, enabling the driver to make manual gear selections with exceptional swiftness and the greatest of ease.

Working together intelligently, the combustion engine and electric drive system bring a system output of 240 kW/326 hp and a combined peak torque of 500 Newton metres (369 lb-ft) to the table. Immediate response to every movement of the accelerator and sustained delivery of dynamic power allow the BMW 740e iPerformance to dash from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.4 seconds and the BMW 740Le iPerformance to complete the same sprint in 5.5 seconds.

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

The cars’ sporty driving characteristics are accompanied by extraordinarily low petrol consumption and emissions. The BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance both record combined petrol consumption of 2.2 – 2.0 litres per 100 kilometres (128.4 – 141.2 mpg imp). The CO2 emissions associated with petrol consumption are 50 – 45 grams per kilometre (figures as calculated in the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tyre format specified). The exceptional efficiency of the BMW eDrive technology developed using know-how from BMW i is revealed once again in all-electric, locally emission-free driving. The electric power consumption of the plug-in hybrid luxury sedans, as calculated in the EU test cycle, stands at 13.3 – 12.5 kWh per 100 kilometres for the BMW 740e iPerformance and 13.3 – 12.6 kWh per 100 kilometres for the BMW 740Le iPerformance (figures may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance: permanent all-wheel drive also applies to all-electric driving.
The BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance follows in the tyre tracks of the BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance Sports Activity Vehicle as the brand’s second model to distribute its power permanently to all four wheels in pure-electric driving, when the combustion engine cuts in and when both drive systems are in use at the same time. The intelligent all-wheel-drive system ensures supreme traction, optimised directional stability and enhanced agility through enthusiastically taken corners in all weather and road conditions.

Perfectly executed power distribution between the front and rear wheels gives the BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance extremely dynamic accelerative ability, with the journey from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) completed in 5.3 seconds. Yet the petrol consumption of the BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance is just 2.5 – 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres (113 – 134.5 mpg imp) combined, while the associated CO2 emissions are 56 – 49 grams per kilometre (figures as calculated in the EU test cycle for plug-in hybrid vehicles, may vary depending on the tyre format specified). The combined electric power consumption of the BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance in the EU test cycle comes in at between 13.9 and 13.2 kWh per 100 kilometres (figures may vary depending on the tyre format specified).

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

eDrive button allows powertrain control to be configured as desired.
The driver can use the eDrive button on the centre console to change how the plug-in hybrid drive system operates. In the AUTO eDRIVE hybrid function, intelligent energy management ensures the combustion engine and electric motor work together with maximum efficiency and to dynamically optimised effect. The operating strategy defaults to all-electric mode at low and moderate speeds to utilise the advantages of locally emission-free mobility as widely as possible. The combustion engine only joins the fray at a speed of around 80 km/h (50 mph) or under heavy throttle applications.

The driver can switch to the MAX eDRIVE pure-electric mode at the touch of a button. In this setting the car is powered exclusively by the electric motor, although the combustion engine can be brought into play at any time by pushing the accelerator into kickdown. In the MAX eDRIVE setting, the BMW iPerformance variants of the new BMW 7 Series have a pure-electric top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph).

The Battery Control setting allows the charge of the high-voltage battery to be set manually. The driver can input a target value between 30 and 100 per cent of maximum charge, which is then available for pure-electric driving later in the journey. For example, electric power can be held back or even increased while on the motorway so it can be used subsequently for locally emission-free driving in town.

Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode, clearly noticeable differentiation between SPORT, COMFORT and ECO PRO mode.
The plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 7 Series are also equipped as standard with the newly designed Driving Experience Control switch on the centre console. At the touch of a button, the driver can activate a vehicle setting that optimises dynamics, comfort or efficiency. The range of characters encompassed by ECO PRO, COMFORT and SPORT modes are even more clearly defined than with conventionally powered vehicles.

Beyond this, the Driving Experience Control switch offers the option of selecting ADAPTIVE mode. In this setting, the car’s responses adapt noticeably to the driver’s style and route profile.

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

High-voltage lithium-ion battery: developed specifically for the models at hand, integrated with space-saving skill.
The high-voltage lithium-ion battery has a gross capacity of 9.2 kWh and net capacity of 7.4 kWh. It is accommodated underneath the rear seat bench in a space-saving position that also provides optimum crash safety. The BMW iPerformance variants of the new BMW 7 Series therefore also benefit from a level surface in the luggage compartment, which offers a capacity of 420 litres. The stowage volume and practicality of the load area set the benchmark in the luxury plug-in hybrid sedan segment.

The energy flow between the high-voltage battery, electric motor and charger is controlled by power electronics likewise developed specifically for these models. The power electronics also regulate the supply of energy from the high-voltage battery to the 12V onboard electrical system via a voltage transformer.

Simple, hassle-free and flexible charging thanks to innovative products and services von BMW 360° ELECTRIC.
The high-voltage battery can be topped up with energy from any domestic power socket, a Wallbox designed for higher currents or public charging stations. The battery can be fully charged in under four hours from a domestic power socket and in under three hours from a BMW i Wallbox. Added to which, BMW 360° ELECTRIC includes the ChargeNow service, which grants straightforward access to partner charging stations and can also be used for the convenient billing of monthly energy costs.

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

Standard specification includes auxiliary air conditioning.
The high level of standard specification for the BMW 740e iPerformance, BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance includes LED headlights, the BMW Display Key, the ConnectedDrive navigation package, smartphone integration with inductive charging facility for the phone battery, and an iDrive operating system expanded to include a touchscreen function for the Control Display and the globally unique BMW gesture control feature. Customers can also look forward to auxiliary heating and air conditioning, which allow them to prepare the car’s interior temperature in advance. The heating and air conditioning system of the plug-in hybrid models is supplied with energy from the high-voltage battery. When the car’s battery is being charged, the auxiliary air conditioning function is powered by the mains supply.

The charger connection for the high-voltage battery can be found under the flap in the left-hand front side panel. The high-set position of the connection makes the charging process easier. Standard equipment includes a charging cable for use with a domestic power socket, which can be stored in a bag in the boot area to save space. Inside the BMW 740e iPerformance, BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance, the most prominent hybrid-specific features include – in addition to the eDrive button – special graphic displays in the instrument cluster and Control Display. On the outside, the transfer of technology from BMW i is flagged up by “eDrive” badges on the C-pillars, the BMW i logo on the front side panels (left and right), BMW kidney grille bars in BMW i Blue and blue hub covers.

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

Exceptional efficiency coupled with driving pleasure, long-distance comfort and made-to-measure luxury.
The iPerformance variants of the BMW 7 Series model range bring together exceptional efficiency and a form of luxurious driving pleasure and long-distance comfort that speaks to both the present and the future. Both the front and rear seats can be specified as an option with comfort seats, active seat ventilation, a massage function with Vitality Programme and the Heat Comfort package. Maximising personal wellbeing in the rear compartment of the BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance, meanwhile, is the Executive Lounge option. Moreover, the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof is also available for these models.

The selection of driver assistance systems includes the new-generation BMW Head-Up Display as well as the Parking Assistant, Driving Assistant, Driving Assistant Plus and Surround View systems. The iPerformance variants of the new BMW 7 Series can also be ordered as an option with the M Sport package, Pure Excellence exterior design and interior design packages and BMW Individual Design Composition.

Flexible and efficient production of electric drive systems in model-specific configurations.
The BMW Group uses the knowledge gained in the development of BMW i cars for the production of its own electric motors and high-voltage batteries. BMW eDrive technology is also employed in the BMW iPerformance models. The company’s stand-out expertise in the field of electric drive systems is reflected not only in the exceptional performance of the electric motors and high-voltage batteries, but also in efficient production methods. An intelligent modular system for eDrive technology and a flexible production concept enable the BMW Group to respond quickly and precisely to customer requirements the world over.

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance

BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance

BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance

BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance

BMW 740e iPerformance and BMW 740Le iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance

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27 Comments on "BMW Introduces Plug-In 740e, 740Le And 740Le xDrive – Specs"

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Not enough, I need more range,come on BMW, USA( Tesla,gm bolt) is schooling you.

Well only the BMW and Volt can go on a 300 mile highway trip without recharging, and with 300+ HP the BMW would school the Volt in acceleration, around a track, in interior space, and beat all the aforementioned cars in creature comfort. Which is what people in that segment want. Look at the center console and door panel quality compared to a Tesla. And you should look at the upper trim option 7 series interior. It’s far morr luxurious than these pics.

A lot of people have this tendency to equate ‘busyness’ to quality. Is the assumption that Tesla’s door panels aren’t of high quality? What would be the measurement criteria of that quality? The type of leather used? The amount of chrome??

Wish I could post some pictures.. but yes, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes interiors are a whole class above the Tesla. Many professional reviewers confirm this. Nothing, new there. Just mounting a big ipod in the dash (like the new Prius) does not make the interior more luxurious. Just look at what the German competitor’scompetitor’s seats can do, and the engineering behind them, it’s no contest.

Sidenote: You can post pictures…just drop the addresses in the comment section and they will convert to embed pictures (takes a few mins to pass thru the filter/moderation). Only caveat is that the max width has to be 750 pcx

The 7 series rear seating area.
Look a the detail in the leather work. The design of overlapping surface materials, etc.

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The Model S rear seat area
Just compare the Tesla door panels and seat backs, and the fact the BMW comes with a trick rear center armrest.

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the thing is that those luxury seats can literally weigh hundreds of pounds. the bentley continental gt has a variation in which the rear seats are removed. this reduces the weight of the vehicle by about 250 lbs.

tesla has made the correct decision in going light on the plushness in the interest of extending vehicle range; especially since it takes a lot longer to recharge a tesla than it takes to refill a benz-o or a bentley.

But the BMW is a gas car and the Volt is an EV.

Correction: the Volt is an ICE car.

(I know, it’s a hybrid. It is 100% as accurate to describe it as an ICE as to describe it as an EV. Why not simply be honest and describe it as a hybrid?)

in the volt, you always have to use the traction motor, and you always have to have a working battery. if the battery or traction motor fails, you can’t operate the volt on the engine only.

but if you insist on using the term “hybrid”, the more proper term would be to call it a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, because the volt is an electric vehicle first and a hybrid second.

Terawatt, The reason we can describe the Volt as an EV is because it behaves as one (all-electric performance envelope). -For >50 miles. The BMW can barely get out its own way, and its engine is coming on soon, anyway. Yup, this BMW can’t touch the electric-only performance of the Chevrolet Volt. It does have a buzzy 4-cylinder engine, for all those times you’d need it, though. We can’t look at a product like this as ahead in engine plus battery tech, because that objectively goes to GM. There is no need for false hope the Germans will come up with a good EREV, or REx, recipe, that mates “engine as backup” to an awesomely smooth, single-geared, torque-loaded, luxury ride. BMW’s board is more important than their customer. That is what we are seeing. We can fault GM for putting the wrong badge on the Volt, and not pushing it or giving it enough space, but their product is here. Remember, 7kwh usable. This car is more suited for a poster named “Brent Crude”. I’ve driven behind 7-series on race tracks. Why? For the street? Just get a Tesla, if considering this kind of money. Skip the flogged 4-banger.

The reason people think it is an EV is by the stupid name, and also because people like you are not sure what It is, and call it an EV out of confusion.

Aggressive move by BMW – they must be targeting all ten customers who bought an S550e.

mercedes-benz has been eating bmw’s lunch at the luxury end. the w222 benz-o has seen sales increases while bmw 7-series sales have fallen.

And Tesla has been eating both of their lunches…

you statement is not true at all. as i stated, sales of the w222 benz-o have seen a strong increase (as i recall, s-class sales about doubled after the introduction of the w222). given that the benz s-class is in the same category as the bmw 7-series, my suspicion is that a big part of benz-o sales growth came from people who chose the benz-o over the 7-series bm.

Targeting China with that long wheelbase.

9kWh? Fisker has 20kWh and was released 5 years ago…

I am impressed with the way BMW could confidently install a 4 cylinder engine to power such a big luxury sedan. This may have 50% higher electric range than its cousin Benz S550e and is priced few 1,000 $ cheaper than it and so it will sell somewhat higher than that car.

By any chance, I will advice someone who buys a Hybrid like Lexus LS600h which costs $120,000 to buy this type of plugin if luxury is their main idea.

If anyone is not worried about the range, then go for Tesla Model-S which offers 90D with 90 KWh for this price and that can offer much smoother drive and also get the return on investment much faster.

These cars will be a good leap from “stop/start”, and will raise convenience factor if free inductive charging pads can get folks out of having to plug in.

It’s a pity they get away with doing so little. Given the engineering effort is pretty much the same it would have made far more sense if an EPA range of 50 miles was required to get PHEV status.

Consider how pathetic it’ll be ten years from now – when it still has half its life left. Having been cycled at LEAST daily it’ll have a remaining range of a whopping 10 km/6 miles if we’re lucky, and won’t be legal to drive in cities except in its crippled all-electric mode.

Let’s hope BMW will offer battery upgrades to their PHEVs as well…

But but but it obly has 4 cyl. 2000cm3 engine. No premium car can be sold with such an inferior engine, blablabla.
Ar least that was what i heard a lot when volvo devided to go 4 cyl only. And even calling it a T6, T8.
And now bmw puts a T5 (volvospeak) into a 740L, plus hybrid is less than the T8 in the volvo.
Hell IS freezing over!

Looking forward to comparisons between the new plugin BMWs with the upcoming Cadillac CT6 Plugin. Based on data released so far the Cadillac will also use a 2 liter ICE. The difference is in the electric propulsion where the Cadillac will,I believe, be much more sophisticated and refined using the larger battery from tbe Volt and a RWD version of the Voltec transmission. Total combined output of the two cars are similar as is the 0-60 times. However, the Cadillac will have better all electric performance. It should be able to go further on the battery, have better all electric acceleration and be able to operate all electric to much higher speeds.

Seems like another ‘me too’ offering… Competition for the Prius Prime, at $30,000 more.

Never been a big ‘bimmer’ fan, and these cars prove it.

Seems like the total emphasis on Autonomous Driving, to the extent of EV ‘s being put on the back burner, inview of Tesla’s upcoming legal troubles, seems a bit ill – advised.

Its amazing those multi-million dollar CEO’s can’t figure this out for themselves.

how are they charging a 7.4 kwh battery ‘under four hours from a household wall socket’ in the US???

Also, why are all BMW PHEVs have EV range of only half the typical daily driving. It does not make any sense. Especially in a $100,000+ car like this (where cost is not an issue)

Euro release of the data…so I suspect that will be restated whenever BMW gets around to writing a NA-specific blast on the 740e.

As to your second question? Who knows why it doesn’t have longer range…if I had to guess, I’d suggest battery housing capacity issues. Probably they will switch chem/densities in the future to up ranges ~50% (ala what Mercedes is currently planning).

Val, Tom M did say that BMW EV’s in general can charge at a 16 (or in certain models, more than 16) amps at 120 volts.

To do this at home, you’d need Clipper Creek’s 20 amp 120 volt EVSE, and a 20 ampere 120 volt outlet. Since I have these outlets in my garage (and most commercial buildings – to run the large floor polishers), they can be considered ‘normal household outlets’ , albeit, not the absolute most common. (NEMA 5-20R vs. 5-15R).

So 1.9 kw can probably charge up the battery pretty good in around 4 hours if the feed to the outlet can maintain around 120 volts (rather stout), and the car isn’t absolutely dead, and it isn’t too hot in the garage.

Then again, BMW brouchure information in the past has sometimes confused the 10 amp 230 volt outlet common in Europe with what is commonly available in North America.