Australian pricing and specifications have been revealed for the new 2017 BMW 740e iPerformance today, ahead of a late 2016 market launch.
Revealed at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, the 740e iPerformance succeeds the old ActiveHybrid 7 and debuts as BMW’s assault on the Mercedes-Benz S500e.
But, while the ActiveHybrid 7 was a relatively conventional example of the petrol-electric partnership, the 740e lobs as a more advanced plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
No surprise, then, that the 740e is pricier than its predecessor, but only by about $6000. And, at $229,000 plus on-road costs, the 740e is notably more affordable – if less spacious – than the long-wheelbase $319,715 Mercedes-Benz S500e that launched here in July.
The 740e’s pricing places it above the entry-level $217,455 730d inline-six diesel, but well below the $289,315 750i V8 petrol. Other models include the $224,155 740i and the stretched $237,955 740Li and $312,415 750Li variants.
Driving the rear-wheel-drive 740e is a 190kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine matched to an 83kW/250Nm electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Total system output is rated at 240kW of power and 500Nm of torque, and BMW claims fuel consumption figures of just 2.2L/100km on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions listed at 50g/km.
Energy to the electric drive system is provided by a 9.2kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted beneath the rear seat, cutting rear storage space from 515 to 420 litres. The battery is topped up through regenerative braking and can be fully recharged within four hours from a 240V mains power outlet.
BMW says that, “depending on vehicle load, battery charge and prevailing conditions”, the 740e iPerformance can be driven in electric-only mode at speeds up to 140km/h, for up to 48 kilometres.
The 740e iPerformance offers three drive modes. In Auto eDrive, the petrol engine is typically only engaged under heavy acceleration or when the car’s speed exceeds 80km/h.
In Max eDrive, the system prioritises pure electric operation. Although the petrol engine may still be called upon in more intensive situations, the car will otherwise work to stay in electric-only mode at up to 140km/h.
In Battery Control mode, the driver sets a target battery charge, which will then preserved for later EV driving.
There’s also a Driving Experience Control switch, which allows the driver to choose between Adaptive, Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport modes.
Standard features for the 740e are mostly in-line with the 740i, including:
Hybrid-specific features include:
Local deliveries of the 740e iPerformance will begin later this year.