BMW 7 Series officially goes green with the 740e plug-in hybrid

Following the introduction of the X5 and 3 Series plug-in hybrids, BMW has unveiled the new plug-in hybrid version of the flagship 7 Series, dubbed the 740e.

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While it will be a few years until BMW has a fully-electric sedan that can compete with Tesla, BMW is electrifying most of its lineup with plug-in hybrid variants. Following the introduction of the X5 and 3 Series plug-in hybrids, BMW has unveiled the new plug-in hybrid version of the flagship 7 Series, dubbed the 740e.
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Rather than just introduce one version of the plug-in hybrid 7 Series, BMW has unveiled three versions: BMW 740e iPerformance, long-wheelbase BMW 740Le iPerformance and BMW 740Le xDrive iPerformance. All three versions are powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that’s mated to an electric motor to give the plug-in hybrid sedan a total 326 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque. On the EU test cycle, BMW estimates that the 740e iPerformance and 740Le iPerformance models have an electric driving range of 27-30 miles, while the all-wheel drive xDrive version can travel up to 28 miles in fully electric mode.

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The BMW 740e is definitely not a slouch with a 0-62 mph time of 5.4 seconds, while the long-wheelbase 740Le model is only 0.1 seconds slower.

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Pricing is expected to start around $90k when the 740e goes on sale in the U.S. later this year.

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Source: BMW