Bavarian Motor Works has unveiled its leader series – The 7-Series and has given it a striking new look which according to a new brand strategy announced by chairman Harald Krüger in 2017, is to move towards indulging the car exterior nature into more Corporate like world with emphasis on interior luxury.
Talking of the new corporate look, one cannot miss the new very prominent kidney grill on the front which is 40% bigger than the outgoing model. It gives the long sedan a proud and arrogant(not in a negative way) stance, the newly styled front bumper that houses air ducts with beautiful chrome treatment, gets thick 5.1mm side glass to keep cabin noise at bare minimum and reduce buffeting at higher speeds. At the rear, there are some extra minor visual changes but tail-lights get heavily structured OLED with lens graphics. These are associated by a full-width LED light band that also blends in with the DRLs. It also gets an updated parking assistance system in which car traces back up to 50m on the same course it drove on. Dimension wise, BMW has stretched the wheelbase by 22mm on both standard model as well as the long-wheelbase model.
7-Series will come in three powertrain options:
- Petrol: a 4.4-litre V8 that produces 530 horses and 750Nm of torque in the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive. In M760Li xDrive, a 6.6-litre V12 engine is employed that produces 585 horses and 849Nm of torque. This is enough to propel the 2,000kg BMW from 0-100kph in 4.1 seconds and reach a 249kmph of top speed.
- Diesel: uses the same 3.0-litre in-line 6-cylinder engine across the diesel offering but with different number of turbochargers and state of tune. With single turbocharger, the 3.0-Litre produces 264 horses and 620 Nm of torque and with twin turbo-chargers, it produces 320 horses and 679 Nm of torque and with quad-turbo-chargers it produces 398 horses and 759 Nm of torque.
- Plug-in Hybrid: uses a 3.0-litre in-line 6-cylinder petrol mill working with an electric motor that provides an electric range of 58 Km and total system output of 393 horses and 599 Nm of torque. This setup takes BMW 0-100kmph mark in 5.2 seconds.
We expect to see the 7-series and X7 to launch in India this year around September.