BMW will be launching its flagship luxury sedan, the BMW 7-Series in the UK on October 24. The 2016 range starts from the 730d that has been priced at GBP 64,530 (On the road).
The new 7-Series is the largest series-produced car by BMW and comes in two variants, Standard and Long Wheelbase. It has dimensions of 5,098 mm (5,238 mm for long wheelbase), 1,902 mm and 1,478 mm in length, width and height respectively. The car gets a big signature kidney grille upfront, optional BMW Laser light, long bonnet, short front overhang, set-back passenger compartment, sloping roofline, L-shaped LED tail lamps and chrome exhaust tips.
The luxury limousine is based on the RWD CLAR modular platform which is one of the biggest innovations in the new offering. It marks the integration of industrially manufactured CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) with materials such as steel, plastic and aluminium. BMW calls this technology ‘Carbon Core’ and the result is drop in weight by 130 kg over the outgoing model.
The interior gets a flowing dashboard design with better fit and finish. It is adorned with two-tone leather and embellished with wood and chrome accents. The three-spoke multi-function steering wheel is wrapped in leather and sits in front of the 12.3-inch instrument cluster. Mounted on the dashboard is the new iDrive 5.0 touchscreen infotainment screen that for the first time also supports gesture recognition, though it can still be controlled by the traditional rotary controller. The center console gets a smartphone holder that also features inductive charging. BMW says that the Head-Up display has a 75% larger projection area with the display quality improved and in full colour.
The rear seats can be power adjusted individually and can be opted with the optional infotainment screen behind the front seats. The long wheelbase will also offer the SkyLounge panoramic glass roof for a more airy feeling. The 7-Series has ambient lighting which can be customized in different colours and brightness levels.
Coming to the engines, the 740Li is powered by the 3.0-liter inline six with TwinPower Turbo technology that generates an output of 326 hp, an increase of 7 hp over the previous engine. The diesel engine found under the hood of the 730d and 730Ld is the 3.0-liter inline six producing 265 hp (also 7 hp more) and an enormous 620 Nm of peak pulling power.
The lineup sees the addition of two plug-in hybrid models in the form of the 740e and the 740Le xDrive (xDrive is for all-wheel drive). These source power from a 2.0-liter TwinPower turbo four-cylinder engine that works in tandem with an electric motor. This setup has a total power output of 326 hp and gives the 740e a claimed combined fuel consumption of 134.5 mpg (57.18 km/l) with carbon emissions said to be at 49 g/km. Top speed is restricted to 75 mph (120 km/h) in electric-only mode with a range of 25 miles (40.23 km) for rear-wheel drive and 23 miles (37 km) for all-wheel drive xDrive variant. All variants are married to the 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
BMW plans to sell a total of 1,400 7-Series in the first year. The complete price list is attached below.
|0 – 62mph
(Electric only: 75)
*All versions electronically limited