New BMW 740e xDrive Plug-in Hybrid Taps Into i-Series Resources

BMW just launched a plug-in hybrid option in the BMW 7 Series, which taps into the body structure developed for the i-Series models.

The new 2017 BMW 740e xDrive iPerformance is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system with a four-cylinder gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology coupled with an electric motor. Its 8-speed Steptronic transmission helps the 740e reach a system output of 322 horsepower.

BMW has adopted lessons learned from its i-Series by bringing over what it calls “intelligent lightweight design” that uses carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). The BMW i technologies have also shaped what’s gone into the 740e’s electric motor, power electronics, and lithium-ion battery. Customers can tap into charging services created for the BMW i3 and i8, such as the BMW I Charging Station and ChargeNow service for charging at home or during a trip.

This model features BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system that distributes the combined power between the front and rear wheels. The 740e xDrive iPerformance can be driven in all-electric mode up to 75 mph. BMW says that its official EPA mileage rating is 64 MPGe combined, with an all-electric range of 14 miles. The BMW eDrive technology used in the new plug-in hybrid 740e has greenhouse gas emissions about 30 percent lower than that of the gasoline powered 740i over the full lifecycle of the car, according to BMW.

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The 2017 BMW 740e is already in production and will arrive at U.S. dealerships this month. The starting price is $89,100 plus $995 for destination and handling.

It’s part of BMW’s sustainability campaign to release electrified versions of its current models along with the i-Series lineup. The 2017 BMW 740e follows the BMW X5 xDrive40e Plug-In Hybrid that was launched in 2015. That model has done fairly well in sales. It was the 4th top-selling plug-in hybrid on HybridCar’s Dashboard listing for July 2016 with 649 units sold in the U.S.

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