Recently, three electric cars from the three well-known car brands mentioned above debuted at once. Each of them demonstrates their vision of the idea of combining “premium” and “electric”, but all of them are the pinnacle of the automotive world, demonstrating the best efforts of their own companies to date. Let’s take a closer look at what they offer.
BMW i7 M70 xDrive
The BMW i7 M70 xDrive electric sedan is “the best of the best” in several categories at once. For example, this is the most powerful version of the BMW 7-series of the current generation. And at the same time, this is the most powerful M electric car. Even in the details, the BMW i7 M70 xDrive electric sedan is as original as possible: two-tone body painting, proprietary wheels, the combination of the Iconic Glow decorative grille (this is the one that lights up) with the M Performance package is also a first.
And the equipment matches. The BMW i7 M70 xDrive electric car has all-wheel drive and two electric motors producing a total power of up to 485 kW or 660 hp and a torque of 1015 Nm. Moreover, in the M Launch Control or M Sport Boost modes, the torque can be increased to 1100 Nm.
These indicators guarantee acceleration to a hundred km in 3.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The specified speed parameters are matched by the sports M-suspension and powerful M-brakes. Using a battery with a useful capacity of 101.7 kWh promises us a fairly good range – up to 488-560 km, depending on the selected driving mode. By the way, in addition to all kinds of “sport-racing” modes, there is also a MAX RANGE setting to achieve maximum mileage: turning off all secondary energy consumers and limiting the speed to 90 km/h.
As for the chargers, the BMW i7 M70 xDrive electric car is ready to receive power up to 195 kW: again the “best of the best” for BMW!
Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV
If the example above is about dynamics and power, then the example of the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV is about luxury, originality, and noticeable differences. For example, the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV electric crossover differs from the regular EQS SUV with its wheels and decorative grille, added chrome trim, and numerous “M” logos (but now it’s a Maybach). However, the main differences are hidden inside.
The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV electric car received two separate seats in the back row, which are installed “deeper” in the interior. Improved sound insulation and additional background lighting are built around them. And the seats themselves can offer many comfort functions: heating (even in the shoulder and neck area), ventilation, and massage. 11.6-inch displays and a mini-fridge are also offered.
By the way, the issue of improving dynamics and power was also not done here. The Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV electric crossover has an all-wheel drive and two electric motors of 484 kW or 658 hp power and 950 Nm of torque. The maximum speed reaches 210 km/h, and acceleration to a hundred km takes 4.4 seconds. Thanks to the large 107.8 kWh battery, this electric car can cover up to 600 km.
It is interesting that at high speed, the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV crossover can switch to 4×2 mode and move only in rear-wheel drive. Other interesting features include air suspension and the ability to turn the rear wheels.
Maserati Grecale Folgore
Finally, Maserati Grecale Folgore is an example of the combination of the first (power) and the second (luxury). For example, the Maserati Grecale Folgore electric car offers four-wheel drive and two electric motors of 410 kW or 557 hp and 800 Nm of torque. Such specifications provide acceleration to a hundred km in 4.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 220 km/h.
At the same time, the Maserati Grecale Folgore electric car is distinguished by original details on the outside (wheel rims, logos, decorative grille) and a luxurious interior inside. And a 105 kWh battery is hidden inside, thanks to which the Maserati Grecale Folgore electric car can travel up to 500 km.
It is interesting that the name Folgore is already becoming key for the Maserati company – this is the name of the already available electric versions of the Grecale and GranTurismo models. By the way, the Maserati MC20 Folgore electric car should also appear in the future: that is, we expect an electric supercar from Maserati.
So: the pinnacles of “premium” and “electro” – what are they?
Three different examples from the world at the intersection of “premium” and “electric”, but they have something in common besides this intersection itself. All three electric vehicles offer 100+ kWh batteries, respectively, and all three electric cars offer a range of about 500 km or more. All three electric cars offer four-wheel drive and two electric motors – respectively, this provides not only high power and dynamics but also the possibility of more flexible control of the four-wheel drive. Thus, they not only embody new achievements from the world of “premium” and “electric”, but also serve as certain benchmarks for other manufacturers and our expectations.