The BMW i7: New Generation of High-Security Vehicles – Including, an all-Electric ModelBlog Nov 10th, 2022
Munich . The heads of state and government from the world’s most important industrialised nations convened at Schloss Elmau in Upper Bavaria on 26 – 28 June 2022 for the latest G7 summit. The BMW Group provided a shuttle service for the event, which was initiated by the German government. As well as the latest series-production models, the fleet of shuttles also featured three examples of the brand new BMW i7 xDrive60 (electric power consumption combined in WLTP cycle: 19.6 – 18.4 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; figures in NEDC cycle: – ), which was unveiled just a few weeks ago. The presence of the BMW i7 in the fleet gave the assembled dignitaries the opportunity to experience the immense driving comfort and futuristic ambience of the electrically powered sedan a full five months before its global launch gets underway. A high-security vehicle based on the new BMW 7 Series will be added to the line-up during the course of 2023. The BMW Group’s Protection Vehicles are tailored to individuals requiring special protection, and examples with an all-electric drive system will now be available for the first time.
Over more than 40 years, the BMW Group has amassed exceptional expertise and experience in the development and manufacture of vehicles designed specially for the specific requirements of authorities and public representatives. “We will continue this tradition in 2023 with a high-security vehicle combining the dynamic prowess, ride comfort and interior comfort of the new BMW 7 Series with an integrated protection concept that is unique in this segment,” says Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “And we will also introduce an all-electric high-security vehicle for the first time – with no comprises when it comes to the standard of protection for our customers. It will be based on the BMW i7, demonstrating how sustainability and security can go hand in hand.”
The vehicle architecture of the new 7 Series range was devised from the outset for both internal combustion engines and electrified drive systems. The production development process for the luxury sedan already made allowance for the next-generation high-security vehicle’s new and innovative protection concept.
This integrated security concept, together with the “craft manufacturing” process at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, ensures that the electric variant of the new high-security vehicle also boasts an unrivalled combination of protection, poise & assurance, spaciousness and sustainability. “The new BMW i7 brings together a unique, all-electric driving experience with the most advanced package of technologies anywhere in the industry,” says Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Development. “So using this high-tech product as a platform for a top-class high-security vehicle seemed to us like the obvious thing to do.”
The BMW Group presented a concept vehicle demonstrating the compatibility of increased protection levels and sustainable mobility back at the IAA Mobility 2021 event. The BMW Concept iX5 Hydrogen Protection VR6 was equipped with a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell drive system, making it the first ever concept for a high-security vehicle from a large-scale carmaker worldwide to offer zero tailpipe emissions and certified class VR6 protection.
The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, electric power consumption and operating range figures are determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable. They refer to vehicles in the German market. Where a range is shown, the figures take into account the impact of any optional extras.