740e to make room for punchier 745e
BMW is preparing an uprated plug-in hybrid version of its 7 Series as part of the car’s mid-life update, according to a new report out of the UK.
Autocar claims the current 740e iPerformance PHEV will be replaced by a more powerful ‘745e’ with the upcoming ‘LCI’ facelift, reportedly due for release in 2019.
Currently, the 740e makes a combined 240kW of power and 500Nm of torque from its plug-in hybrid system, which pairs a 190kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo four with an 83kW/250Nm electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission.
According to the British publication, the forthcoming update will bring a more powerful electric motor and a higher-density battery pack to lift system power to around the 400bhp (298kW) mark.
The upgraded battery will also bring improvements to all-electric range – currently the 740e claims up to 48km of zero-emissions driving from its 9.2kWh pack.
Meanwhile, the wider 7 Series LCI range will get improvements too, with Autocar expecting power bumps and improved efficiency from the various turbocharged petrol and diesel engines currently offered.