Following last weekend’s leak, BMW has officially unveiled the 2016 BMW 7 Series at the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany. The all-new full-size luxury saloon boasts a whole new design language, better performance, technologies, and a punch of extravagant luxury. The M Sport package, the Pure Excellence package and a BMW Individual Design Composition will be available at market launch for making the all-new 7er even more flamboyant. For the first time the flagship saloon’s family includes a plug-in hybrid variant too.
2016 BMW 7 Series standard wheelbase (G11)/long-wheelbase (G12) model range
- BMW 740i
- BMW 740Li
- BMW 750i
- BMW 750i xDrive
- BMW 750Li
- BMW 750Li xDrive
The 740i and 740Li models sport a 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 326 hp and 450 Nm of torque. The 750i, 750i xDrive, 750Li, and 750Li xDrive sport a a 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 450 hp and 650 Nm of torque. Both petrol engines come mated to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission irrespective of the variant. xDrive models are four-wheel drive, while the remaining are rear-wheel driven.
- BMW 740e
- BMW 740Le
- BMW 740Le xDrive
All three models feature a hybrid plug-in hybrid powertrain that comprises a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor that generates 95 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The eDrive system produces 326 hp and 500 Nm of torque. All models get the familiar 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. xDrive models are four-wheel drive, while the remaining are rear-wheel driven.
- BMW 730d
- BMW 730d xDrive
- BMW 730Ld
- BMW 730Ld xDrive
- BMW 740d xDrive
- BMW 740Ld xDrive
The 730d, 730d xDrive, 730Ld and 730Ld xDrive are powered by a 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 265 hp and 620 Nm of torque. The 740d xDrive and 740Ld xDrive are plonked with the same engine but in their case, the new inline-six unit produces 320 hp and 680 Nm of torque. The diesel engine comes mated to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission irrespective of the model. xDrive models are four-wheel drive, while the remaining are rear-wheel driven.
The interiors have been completely revamped. As seen with previous generation upgrades, this one also brings even better design, styling, fit and finish and more choices for customization. The iDrive infotainment system now comes with a touchscreen display and gesture control – both features being offered on a BMW for the first time. A new ‘Sky Lounge Panorama’ panoramic glass roof comes in the long-wheelbase version.
The all-new 7 Series also gets a host of new technologies and technological upgrades. First here is the BMW Laserlight, seen already on the i8 supercar. The new headlights can be specified with the dazzle-free BMW Selective Beam as an alternative to the standard full-LED headlights. The laser headlights throw a pure white light and provide a high-beam range of 600 m – twice that of the LED headlights.
The Remote Control Parking autonomous technology is premiering on a mass produced vehicle with the all-new 7er’s introduction. This is the world’s first mass-produced car that will allow its owners to manoeuvre in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without driving it. This feature will be aided by the BMW Display Key, available for the first time on a BMW (not counting the ‘i’ sub-brand).
The 2016 BMW 7 Series will go into production on 1 July at the company’s Dingolfing plant which has produced a total of more than 1.6 million BMW 7 Series vehicles since its introduction in 1977.