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BMW 745e Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid

EV=17mi
Total=290mi
Range

Seats 5

14.8ft3 Cargo

L=207.4
W=74.9
H=58.2

12.0kWh Battery

The BMW 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan which has been produced by the German automaker since 1977. The Rear-Wheel Drive “saloon” car is BMW’s flagship and is only available in a sedan body style, which includes long wheelbase and limousine models. In the past, BMW often introduced exterior design themes and new technologies into its 7 series first, before passing them down to the other models in the lineup. Though it was once the king of luxury saloons, it has lost market share to the wide variety of luxury sedans that have proliferated the car world in the last 6 to 8 years, and to the widening popularity of SUVs and hatchbacks, which offer customers far more practicality.

To attract new customers, BMW has been offering plug-in hybrid versions of all of its models. They added an integrated electric motor to the 745’s 6-cylinder combustion engine a year ago, creating the 745e xDrive Plug-In Hybrid. The 2021 model retains all the features of the 2020 model. This is understandable, as last year’s model was significantly updated with a more powerful engine and a bigger electric motor than its predecessor.

The 2021 BMW 745e uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine that produces 280 hp and an electric eDrive motor that adds 113 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Together, they create 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which is supervised by an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission which provides silky-smooth shifting. Top speed is 130mph. With high performance tires added, the limit moves up to 155mph. The hybrid achieves 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds.

The car’s Driving Dynamics Control offers Adaptive, Sport, Hybrid and Electric modes. The 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes use an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Brake Energy Regeneration to charge the e-battery.

With almost all the regular 745’s exterior design characteristics carrying over to the 745e, the exterior offers few signs the car is a plug-in, save for the plug point door on the driver’s side fender and a subtle badge on the trunk lid. The PHEV’s exterior retains the regular 745’s Adaptive LED headlights with Adaptive LED brake lights, enormous front grilles and massive dual-exit exhaust outlets, a panoramic sunroof, fender vents and standard 18” wheels.

The plug-in achieves an EPA-estimated 22mpg. With the hybrid system of gas engine and electric motor activated, the car gets an EPA-estimated 56MPGe. Using electric power only, the car will take you 16 miles before the 12.0kWh Lithium-ion battery needs to be recharged. A Level 1 wall socket replenishes the battery in around 10 hours. Using a Level 2 charger, you’ll replenish the battery in 3 hours. The EPA-estimated Annual Fuel cost for the 745e is $1,650 (www.fueleconomy.gov)

The BMW 7 Series will seat 5 adults, but all its models have really been designed to be occupied by no more than 2 passengers in the back, with the center back seat being fairly small. As a general rule, saloon car passengers experience more comfort in the back seats, but the 745e’s front seats are impressive as well, boasting 20-way power adjustments. Legroom in the front and back is spacious.

Because it’s a flagship luxury sedan, the 745e comes with a prodigious list of standard features, including: push-button start, keyless entry, remote start, an automatic stop/start system, adaptive dampers, self-leveling air suspension, heated power wing mirrors, a 12.3-inch driver info display, dynamic cruise control, and a hands-free trunk. Heated front seats and armrests and a heated steering wheel, along with a panoramic sunroof, soft-close doors, quad-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, extended ambient lighting, and a power rear sunshade are standard. These features get added as well: wireless smartphone charging, automatic high beams, adaptive LED brake lights, a collision preparation system with post-collision braking, a driver condition monitor, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, a surround-view camera, parking sensors, and a drive recorder. Want more “stuff”? The options list includes: a head-up display, rear side power sunshades, a "Sky Lounge" LED roof-lighting arrangement, traffic jam assist, lane keep assist, and heated, ventilated, and massaging seats, in both front and rear.

The car’s infotainment system is BMW's iDrive 7.0. It uses a 10.25-inch dash-mounted touchscreen display. The system can also be operated with steering wheel controls, a rotary iDrive controller, voice control, and gesture control. iDrive 7.0 contains a Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, and a pair of USB ports, but no Android Auto, which will likely be added next year. A 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system is standard. It can be upgraded to an optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system. Also available is a rear-seat entertainment system with its own iDrive controller and two rear screens. If you enjoy playing books-on-tape or music CDs, you’re out of luck. BMW has removed the in-dash CD player.

With a massive length (207.4”), a long wheelbase (126.4” and a curbweight of 4,848 lbs, this is a bulky luxury sedan. Despite its weight, it gets great speed and has wonderful handling. But parallel-parking-wise, its length can make finding an accommodating spot challenging.

Car and Driver reviewers say of the 2021 BMW 7-Series cars in general: “Classy exterior styling, smooth-running powertrains, serene cabin. While it’s not as much fun to drive as we expect a BMW to be, the 7-series has the comfort part of the luxury car equation down pat.”

Bottom line: this is a plug-in hybrid for drivers who want to say “I own a plug-in hybrid,” without worrying about loss of luxury creature comforts or low all-electric range.

The 745e xDrive’s starting MSRP is $95,900. A Federal Tax Credit will knock off $5,836.

Specs

Performance:

  • 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, 24-valve, 280hp engine. Combines a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic), high-precision direct injection and eDrive 111-hp electric motor (389 hp total power output)
  • eDrive Torque: 77lb-ft
  • Combined HP: 389
  • Combined Torque: 443
  • 0-60mph: 4.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 130
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Auto Start-Stop function
  • Air Curtains and Air Breather system
  • Electronically controlled engine cooling (map cooling)
  • Active kidney grille
  • Brake Energy Regeneration
  • Driving Dynamics Control with ADAPTIVE, SPORT, HYBRID, and ELECTRIC modes
  • 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission
  • Occasional Use Charging Cable
  • J1772 AC Charging (3.7 kW)
  • High-voltage lithium-ion battery pack
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), composite front rotors and Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), brake-pad wear indicators and Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features; with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • Double-wishbone multi-link aluminum front suspension
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Integral-V multi-link aluminum rear suspension
  • Aluminum front and rear subframes
  • Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers
  • Carbon Core construction (includes carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, aluminum, steel and magnesium body structure components)
  • Servotronic power-steering assist
  • 2-axle self-leveling air suspension
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • xDrive all-wheel-drive system
  • 3 Maintenance Years / 36,000 miles
  • 4-year / 50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty
  • 4-year Drivetrain Warranty
  • 12-year Unlimited Mileage Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
  • 4-year Unlimited Mileage Roadside Assistance Program
  • 8-year / 80,000-mile High-Voltage Battery Warranty

Interior:

  • Live Cockpit Professional features a 12.3" digital instrument cluster and 10.25" central information display. The multi-input iDrive 7.0 system is operated by voice, touchscreen, and iDrive touchpad Controller. Navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, 8 freely programmable bookmarks, and Over-the-Air (OTA) updates for map data up to 4 times annually are also included
  • Power telescopic, leather-wrapped, multi-function sport steering wheel
  • Drive Recorder
  • Gesture Control
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Condition-Based Service display with additional functions accessible through iDrive system
  • Expanded Check Control vehicle monitor system
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Anti-theft AM/FM in-dash stereo with Radio Data System (RDS)
  • Harman Kardon® Surround Sound Audio System with 464-watt amplifier and 16 speakers
  • HD Radio™ with "multicast" FM station reception
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 1-year All Access subscription
  • Dakota Leather upholstery
  • Fineline High Gloss Wood trim
  • Black panel center console with brushed aluminum, touch-sensitive controls
  • Floormats
  • Heated Front Seats, Armrests & Steering Wheel
  • Engine Start/Stop button
  • Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory includes most recently used climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings; exterior mirror and power seat settings; audio tone settings and radio presets; central-locking preferences; and lighting preferences
  • Comfort Access keyless entry with hands-free trunk-lid opening
  • 20-way power Multi-contour front seats including standard 16-way power seat functions and 4-way lumbar support, with power adjustment functions for shoulder support and thigh support, 2-way manual lateral adjustment for comfort headrest, and seat position memory system for driver and front passenger
  • Through-loading System
  • Soft-close automatic door operation
  • Power rear-window sunshade
  • Automatic 4-zone climate control
  • Micro-filter ventilation system with replaceable active-charcoal filters
  • Automatic tilt-down of passenger's side-view mirror (when car is shifted into reverse gear)
  • Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic, 2-piece glass panel, power slide and lift control, wind deflector, and power interior sunshade
  • Power windows with key-off and "one touch" up and down operation both front and rear, anti-trapping feature, opening from remote, and closing from exterior lock
  • Automatic-dimming interior rear-view mirror and driver's-side exterior mirror
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control
  • Ground-illuminating lights in exterior door handles
  • LED Light Carpet
  • Interior courtesy lights with automatic-dimming function
  • Extended Ambient Lighting
  • Front map lights and rear reading lights with separate controls for the left and right
  • Dual front sun visors with illuminated mirrors
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors integrated into rear-cabin headliner
  • Dual cupholders in front and rear
  • Fold-up rear-seat center armrest
  • Open storage compartments in all doors and front-seatback storage
  • Fully finished trunk with interior and remote trunk release
  • Locking glovebox
  • Universal garage-door opener
  • Power outlets in front passenger's footwell, back of center console, and in trunk
  • Wireless charging (Qi charging standard)
  • 2x USB ports with 2.1A charging
  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • BMW's Active Protection System detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pretensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof, and activating post-crash braking; includes Fatigue and Focus Alert
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Active Front Headrests
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • 3-point safety belts with force limiters and head restraints at all seating positions
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Acoustic safety-belt warning
  • Acoustic pedestrian protection
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Active Driving Assistant, includes Frontal Collision Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit Info
  • Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View Cameras with 3-D view and Active Park Distance Control
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Coded Driveaway Protection
  • Pathway Lighting feature, programmable via Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Rear-view camera

Exterior:

  • 18" V-Spoke wheels, style 642 with all-season run-flat tires
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Chrome accent finishes (front air intakes, rocker panel strips, rear trunk strip)
  • Non-metallic or Metallic paint (excluding BMW Individual exterior paints)
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Icon Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Automatic high beams
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