New BMW 7-Series unveiled; packed with some cool new gadgets
German luxury carmaker BMW has unveiled its new 7-Series flagship luxury saloon. The updated 7-Series is lighter than the outgoing model, gets new gadgetry and features cosmetic updates on the exterior and interior.
BMW has officially revealed the new 7-Series luxury sedan that is expected to be available for purchasing internationally by the end of this year. The flagship sedan now uses carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, aluminium and high-strength steel to make it lose around 130 kgs over its predecessor.
The vehicle is 5098 mm long, 1902 mm wide and 1478 mm tall, making it 19 mm longer and 7 mm higher than the current 7-Series model. For the long wheelbase variant, it is further 139 mm long, thereby making it 18 mm longer than the model it replaces, measuring in at 5238 mm. Both the normal and long wheelbase models have the same wheelbase as the current models at 3070 mm and 3210 mm respectively.
Changes on the exteriors includes a redesigned front bumper, larger signature kidney grille, LED headlights with an option of laser ones as well and LED fog lights. On the side, the vehicle’s prominent shoulder, bigger windows and a premium looking chrome lining that runs along the lower edge of the doors makes it look all the more elegant. The rear also features a tweaked bumper, taller boot and LED tail lamps that are connected by a chrome strip.
On the interior front, the dashboard has been completely redesigned featuring new controls for the audio unit and others, a redesigned multi-function steering wheel, updated digital instrument graphics that lights up in either white, blue or red colours depending on the driving mode, a glass roof that can be switched between six colours, night vision, a larger heads-up display unit and new front seats that get massage and ventilation functions. The surround sound music system is sourced from Bowers and Wilkins.
Special features include new iDrive control functions with both gesture and touch controls allowing the driver to give commands by just waving his hand, remote parking system with a camera and radar sensor allowing forward and reverse parking by just pushing a button.
Coming to the different models and their engines, the 730d is powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo diesel engine which generates 261 BHP, allowing it to hit 100km/hr from standstill in 5.8 seconds and reaching a top speed of 250 km/hr. The 740Li gets a new turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine offering 321 BHP. This variant goes from 0-100km/hr in 5.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km/hr. BMW will also launch a plug-in hybrid, petrol-electric system in a new 740e model in the first half of 2016 which is also found in the X5 xDrive40e. It will get the company’s new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor mounted within the gearbox, generating a combined power output of 321 BHP. It has a 0-100 km/hr time of 5.6 seconds and a 240 km/hr top speed in the hybrid mode.
BMW will further give the new 7-Series a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol motor in the 750i Xdrive and a 6.0-litre V12 twin turbo next year. The first generates 444 BHP, giving the luxury sedan a 0-100 km/hr sprint time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/hr. The set of V8 and V12 engines will also be used by Rolls-Royce in the future. A new M7 or M750i M Performance version of the luxury sedan is also being contemplated at the moment, which will get the M5’s 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing more than 600 BHP.
All the aforementioned engines comes with BMW’s Drive Experience Control function giving the car four driving modes – Comfort, Sport, Eco-Pro and a new adaptive mode that monitors driving style. The new range of 7-Series sedans come with a standard rear-wheel drive system and an optional four-wheel drive unit, thereby adding 70 kgs to the overall kerb weight.
Riding on a revamped suspension system, the ride height changes automatically depending on the driving and in order to save weight, the brake calliper housing, wheel carriers, rear transverse suspension arms and brake disc carriers are made from aluminium.