New BMW 7 Series PHEV Gets More Battery Capacity And Range

JAN 18 2019 BY MARK KANE 50

But isn’t the grill too small now?

BMW recently released its new 7-Series, which brings a significant upgrade rather than just a simple facelift.

The plug-in hybrid BMW 745e iPerformance will be available in three versions, which all get a 12.0 kWh battery (up from 9.2 kWh) and 83 kW electric motor. The range slightly improves, so we expect that in the real world (EPA) 18 miles (29 km) will be possible.

  • 745e
  • 745Le (longer)
  • 745Le xDrive (longer and all-wheel drive)

More on the general changes you can see below in images and the video overview:

BMW 745e Specs:

  • Max system output 290 kW / 394 hp and 600 Nm – six-cylinder in-line gasoline engine (210 kW / 286 hp) and 83 kW electric motor
  • 12.0 kWh battery for up to 54-58 km (33.5-36 miles) or all-electric range
  • Acceleration 0–100 km/h in 5.2 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h (155 miles)
  • Top speed (electric) 140 km/h (87 miles)
  • Charging time for 100% charge: 4.4 h at 3.7 kW (16 A / 230 V)

BMW 745Le Specs:

  • 12.0 kWh battery for up to 52-55 km (32-34 miles) or all-electric range
  • Acceleration 0–100 km/h in 5.3 seconds

BMW 745Le xDrive Specs:

  • 12.0 kWh battery for up to 50-54 km (31-33.5 miles) or all-electric range
  • Acceleration 0–100 km/h in 5.1 seconds

The new BMW 7 Series specs details here


  • World premiere for the new BMW 7 Series: Premium carmaker BMW sharpens the profile of its flagship luxury-class models. New exterior design exudes significantly greater presence and elegant precision. New interior appointments create refined, feel-good ambience and further enhance long-distance comfort.
  • New, striking and high-prestige appearance thanks to 50-millimetre taller front end. New BMW kidney grille with single-piece surround and surface area around 40 per cent larger. Slimmer headlight units, optionally with BMW Laserlight. Outer air intakes now with large, painted plates and eye-catching chrome trim strips.
  • Vertical Air Breathers in the front side panels bring extra precision, clarity and solidity to the car’s flanks. Side trim strips now extend into the rear apron.
  • Extensively re-designed rear end. Rear apron contours adopt the design language of the front air intake trim. Integral exhaust tailpipes with larger chrome surrounds. New, three-dimensional and 35-millimetre slimmer rear lights with red/black surfacing. Sharply defined, very slim light strip (six millimetres wide) below the chrome bar between the rear lights provides an extra stylistic flourish.
  • Expanded portfolio of exterior paint finishes and light-alloy wheels. Design Pure Excellence for the exterior and interior and M Sport package provide scope for individualisation. Extended BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line now available.
  • Stylish sophistication for the interior. Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery with extended quilting, new fine wood interior trim strips and Ambient highlight in smoked-glass look create harmoniously crafted luxury ambience. Leather steering wheel with optimised arrangement of multifunction buttons. Re-positioned tray for wireless charging of mobile phones. BMW Touch Command with upgraded hardware and software. Rear-seat entertainment system with full-HD touchscreen display.
  • Enhanced acoustic properties optimise long-distance travelling comfort: improved soundproofing around the rear wheel arches, B-pillars and seatbelt outlet covers in the rear, and for the side windows and rear window (acoustic glass).
  • Updated line-up of engines. All variants meet the Euro 6d-TEMP exhaust standard. V12 engine in the BMW M760Li xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 12.5 – 12.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 285 – 282 g/km) now with gasoline particulate filter. New V8 engine with maximum output raised by 60 kW/80 hp to 390 kW/530 hp for the BMW 750i xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 9.5 – 9.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 217 – 217 g/km) and BMW 750Li xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 9.6 – 9.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 218 – 218 g/km). Also available: three diesel engines with up to four turbochargers and outputs ranging from 195 kW/265 hp to 294 kW/400 hp.
  • Plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 7 Series now with specially adapted six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and upgraded high-voltage battery. System output in SPORT mode raised to a maximum 290 kW/394 hp. Electric range increased to 50 – 58 kilometres (31 – 36 miles).
  • Sophisticated chassis technology delivers exceptional balance between luxurious ride comfort and the dynamic flair for which BMW is renowned. Adaptive suspension and two-axle air suspension fitted as standard. Integral Active Steering and Executive Drive Pro with active roll stabilisation (not available for plug-in hybrid models) available as options. BMW M760Li xDrive and plug-in hybrid variants with model-specific chassis tuning.
  • Further progress towards automated driving. Exceptionally wide range of driver assistance systems. Driving Assistant Professional with Steering and lane control assistant. Standard-fitted Parking Assistant now also includes Reversing Assistant.
  • Standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional with Navigation system, fully digital, 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Control Display with consistent, modern graphics. New BMW Operating System 7.0 enables extremely fast access to settings and functions, customisable displays and multimodal operation via touchscreen display, iDrive Controller, steering wheel buttons, voice control and gesture control.
  • BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant acts as a digital co-driver and expert on the car. Controlled by natural voice commands. Vitality and relaxation programmes plus three Experience Modes with need-based compositions of lighting, air conditioning, fragrancing, seat massage, shading, seat heating and seat ventilation. Integration of Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business. Remote Software Upgrades for updating vehicle functions over the air.
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50 Comments on "New BMW 7 Series PHEV Gets More Battery Capacity And Range"

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If only the battery size would grow at the same rate as their kidney grill

When KWh run ~$200ea, BMW affords its ~$80,000 customers an extra 2.7. Maybe the board members chuckled, and decided to use the gallon number that fit in the i3’s tank. “Ha ha, joke’s on customer”.

Seems highly unlikely this will get more than about 25 mi. range by EPA and that is one ugly schnozz.

Dang, that is a next level burn.

18 miles….now that is impressive!!!
I hope it will still not qualify for CA credits.

18 miles electric range? Is this a joke? This is precisely what frustrates me about most automakers take on PHEVs. Please make it minimum of an average commute!

They should have offered at least 50km EV range. Double that would be really nice too.
Shrink the grill, so it matches more to the headlights.
Designers should not do drugs, and they should “test” the design with customers, before they make it.
The rest of the car looks really nice, and BMWs laserlight headlights are really effective. Never liked brown in the interior of a car.

The 18 miles are made up. BMW press release says 50-58km, which i guess is WLTP

Most likely NEDC, what China requires for new energy vehicles to be considered PHEVs.

Looked it up, you’re right. The fineprint says those are NEDC figures converted from WLTP.

That’s strange. My understanding was that car makers are required to use WLTP figures in customer information beginning this year?…

Quoting BMW’s brochure: “The values are already based on the new WLTP test cycle and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure comparability between the vehicles.”

In other words, it was done to enable people to see the benefit of the bigger battery. If they were using WLTP numbers, it would probably have ended up as more or less the same range as the old model’s NEDC number.

I’m not sure that is actually illegal in a press release. I’m very sure that this is very much not in the spirit of the law that made WLTP mandatory. Personally I think it’s dumb, but well, here’s the justification that BMW gives. *shrug*

Doesn’t China require 100 km NEDC now?…

For pure electric vehicles, yes. For PHEVs, it’s 50km. (Both using the NEDC cycle.)

All PHEVs will be this way, China requires 50 km range on NEDC. There is really no benefit to use larger batteries in terms of cost any more.

Still, even Mercedes managed to crank up the S-Class PHEV range up to almost 100km! I think it might even feature some kind of quick, if not fast, charging…

I don’t follow the MB releases much, that is great news. Maybe some competition will push them past 50 km range, especially on the more expensive models like the S class.

Could you provide a link for this statement that the s-class plug in can do 100kms? I think it is highly unlikely.I think it can do around 30-40, and the boot space is compromised too.

I distinctly remember reading about 100 km — but not yet. IIRC it is supposed to come a year after the other new models coming this year, which will be stuck at 50 km…

While the assumed 18 miles is still low, keep in mind that the point of a PHEV is not to displace all of the gas-only miles with electric. It’s to displace most of it. As such, around 30 might offer an ideal balance of electric driving, cost, and functionality for most people. Not knowing this might have contributed to Volt’s early demise.

the problem is again, if it doesn’t offer a decent EV range, people treat it as a hybrid. My friend bought a PHEV a year ago. He was excited at first about running his car on electricity. (He is a casual consumer with little knowledge about anything so consider him average person A)

After buying it, he learned it was only 14 miles electric range, after that he effectively stopped caring and never bothered to install a charger or plug it in. It simply wasn’t worth it for him.

So now he effectively has a non-plugin hybrid with an above average battery size.

That is what I wish to prevent.

Going by available statistics, 18 miles is not enough to displace most gas usage. There are just too many users who regularly drive more than that.

What’s worse, the underpowered motor confirms that this is not *meant* to be a car that works well in all-electric mode. It’s just another one of these German alibi-PHEVs that exist for the sole purpose of grabbing subsidies.

While I agree with you that 18 miles is still low, I think it might be sufficient for some people. No one car needs to suit everyone’s needs.

Not sure of the pricing with the very fancy “Executive ” options, but I’d imagine $100,000 at least. For the CEO’s car, along with the champagne cooler, it does seem they have thought of everything. Nice that it goes 18 miles on electricity. Hey, something is better than nothing. Now, HOME JAMES!

Few CEO’s would drive electrically otherwise.

PHEV systems like this are so pointless. And are the reason PHEVs have a bad name in the greener transportation community.

They don’t have a bad name. Where did you get that? Also, this PHEV is not ideal, sure, but is not pointless. Every mile of gasoline-powered mile displaced counts. Even with this, half of the drive may be electric and the other half benefits from improved fuel economy of hybrid powertrain.

Yes they do. More than one article has been written about how companies purchase these only to grab subsidies, with no intention of ever charging them. That’s why some countries have discontinued PHEV incentives altogether.

I would like to some hard statistical evidence rather than something anecdotal. Even with incentives, an equivalent hybrid that can’t plug in should be cheaper. Why would anyone pay more for a car and not take advantage of cheaper electric “fuel”?

a) They generate lots of profit. You are selling a $100,000 car. b) That rich dude was going to buy a $100,000 car without PHEV but now has one that uses half the gas. c) That dude was never and will never buy a Tesla or other EV. He’s buying status. d) That person is not and will not ever be willing to make any compromise at all on range or convenience or stopping some silly place to wait half an hour for some electrons. e) in 3-5 years after some experience with a PHEV, he may be willing to purchase a BMW 7 series (or perhaps Mercedes) that has 500 miles of range and can be refilled in a few minutes. The EV he may be willing to buy does not exist right now.

You are clearly behind the times. A lot of rich dudes are buying Teslas *because* of status. And such people would never bother to charge a PHEV anyway, even if they buy one.

Well 18 miles is pretty low bar. But on the bright side the major market for this will be Europe I assume and most daily driving distance would possible be on pure electrins. One thing that might psychologically help is presenting the EV range in KMs as it makes it sound longer so the people using them will be more likely to plug them in, as they would not want to waste the 40+ KM electric capability.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

I look forward to the day Chinese people decide that they hate grilles.

ya, that monstrous grill and these huge interior vents where the screen should be placed. Nein, das fail.

You’re bothered by silly things.

Basing my math off the way European testing usuallly compares to EPA…. and converting to miles, I get approximately 23 miles. So, perhaps they added some efficient improvements along with the larger battery? 23 miles approaches being useful.

Historically, PHEV seem to do even worse on EPA compared to NEDC than BEVs…

(No idea why — but that’s what the number say, from what I have seen.)

Why not get a model s 100D for about the same purchase price but nearly twenty times the ev range, more than double the quickness n efficiency with less than half the fue/maintenance costs?

BMW can only polish that fossil fuel terd so much

Massage seats? Door pockets? A HUD? A long wheelbase? Electric window shades? Reclining rear seats? Any one of the other innumerable features that this car has that the MS doesn’t?

Just look at the quality and the craftsmanship and leather on the door panels
, center console and seats there is no comparison with the budget interior Tesla. This is a luxury car with detailed HUD displays you cant even get on a Tesla. It will also cruise 150mph all day long.

Lame, with the sticker price of this car they can afford to put 16-24kwh in this PHEV and actually give it usable range. What a joke.

It’s not about the cost. It’s about fitting the battery, without putting any effort into redesigning the chassis…

Which can be done with current tech, you just have to design the chassis from the start to support it, they just don’t care to do it. Flat battery back under the passenger compartment.

Larger BMW badge is worth mentioning? BMW is in serious trouble.

I used to believe that plug-in hybrids were a sensible transition technology until I came to realise what complete assholes people are. I don’t believe anyone who buys this BMW is going to bother plugging it in.

What is even better is when I go to my DC quick charger only to find as Chevy Volt park there!


The 1989 Buick Reatta had a bigger screen. Why does BMW keep installing tiny, useless screens in their cars!?! I simply can’t believe they are still using that idiotic puck. BMW is stuck in 2003 with their user interface. The Chevy freakin Bolt blows their interface away. Ridiculous.

Owning this car instead of a Tesla is like buying a Vertu cellphone instead of an iPhone.

I dont know… It feels a bit “meh”…

It’s a compliance car : China 50km NEDC range, EU with WLTP measured mpg (CO2 emission per 100 km) based on a strange formula produced by lobbyist. So the 12 KWh battery will just fulfill both of those requirements to allow incentives or avoidance of penalties.

And as the BMW 7 limo is a typical company car for executives, the charge cable will most likely remain originally packed in the trunk like for most British PHEV because gasoline is paid by the corporation (fleet card) but the electric charge at home would have to be paid private.

why would 7er owner care about mpg??
they are rich enough to afford super premium gas.