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BMW 7 Series will get a dedicated electric variant

The luxury sedan will be available with four powertrain options, including the EV variant.

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While the grille is stupendously large, the rest of the 2020 7 Series' body is quite fetching.

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As social distancing becomes a new normal around the world, German automaker delivered its Annual Accounts Press Conference digitally on Wednesday. BMW Chairman Oliver Zipse delivered some news on the product front: We're in for an all-electric BMW 7 Series.

In a transcript of the speech, Zipse says the next 7 Series will come with four available powertrain options. The big news is the battery-electric version, but the world will also see a gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid version. Zipse also mentioned that the 7 Series' platform will support each powertrain on a single architecture, rather than stuffing a battery into an architecture meant for an engine up front.

The chairman didn't provide any other details on what to expect from the 7 Series, or when we'll see the next-gen sedan debut, but electric cars will remain a major priority at BMW. Well, it doesn't really have a choice. European regulations, as they stand, will require 40% of vehicles sold to feature an electrified powertrain. Keep in mind, "electrified" can also include something as simple as a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and doesn't necessarily mean 40% of BMWs sold will be purely electric.

In the US, we know BMW has at least two new EVs slated for launch. The iNext concept will come to America in its production form as a range-topping luxury SUV. Then, we'll see the BMW i4. The BMW iX3, meanwhile, has been canceled for the US due to low EV demand in this country.

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Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
Sean Szymkowski
It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.

Article updated on March 18, 2020 at 1:14 PM PDT

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