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Having made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, new images of the BMW 740e iPerformance luxury plug-in hybrid have emerged. The plug-in hybrid 7 Series will be produced in three forms: the standard 740e, long wheelbase 740Le, and the all-wheel drive LWB 740Le xDrive.

The sedan’s petrol-electric powertrain comprises the marque’s 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine which produces 258 hp and 400 Nm of torque, paired with an electric motor producing 113 hp and 250 Nm of torque on its own, while transmission to the driven wheels (rear or all four, dependent on variant) is courtesy of the ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox. Total system output is 326 hp and 500 Nm.

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The 740Le xDrive variant is the quickest one off the line, capable of performing the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.5 seconds. The 740e completes the same feat in 5.6 seconds, while the 740Le gets it done in 5.7 seconds.

Electric drive runs on a 9.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located beneath the rear seats, is recharged either through regenerative braking, or from a 240 V electricity outlet. With the latter, a full charge can be attained in four hours. On the NEDC test cycle, the standard 740e will return 2.1 L per 100 km and 49 g of CO2 per km, while the long-wheelbase version does 2.3 L per 100 km and 53 g of CO2 per km.

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As in the X5 xDrive40e, AUTO eDrive mode automatically manages energy and power distribution. The mode defaults drive to pure electric under speeds of 80 km/h, but will fire up the petrol engine under higher loads. In MAX eDrive mode, the 7er maintains pure electric driving, offering a top speed of 140 km/h.

Exceeding this speed or fully depressing the throttle pedal sees the petrol engine fire up. Drivers may choose to reserve anything between 30 to 100% of electric power with the Battery Control feature – reserving energy for later.

No prices for the 740e have been revealed, but the plug-in hybrid can be expected to be positioned in the upper parts of the 7 Series range in most markets. Here, however, it remains to be seen if BMW Malaysia will decide to assemble it locally to take advantage of EEV tax breaks, like it does with the X5 xDrive40e. If it does, expect it to carry very attractive pricing, like the PHEV X5.