New BMW 7 Series world premiere in China
The BMW Group celebrated the world premiere of the new BMW 7 Series in Shanghai, China, that will be a key market for these luxury vehicles.
The BMW 7 Series will continue to be offered in two body variants standard and longer version. The latter has a wheelbase extended by 14 centimetres over the standard car and gives rear- seat passengers the extra space to match. The standard 7 Series (5,120 mm) and its long-wheelbase twin (5,260 mm) are both 22 millimetres longer than their predecessors. Width and height remain unchanged.
The dominant force of the front-end design is the kidney grille wich combines with the finest projectors, now framed by a single-piece surround whose surface area has grown by some 40 per cent. Standard equipment for the new 7 Series includes Adaptive LED Headlights; optional Laserlight spotlight with Selective Beam optimise the high beam function, whose range increases to a maximum 560 metres as a result. The outer air intakes are now overlaid with large air deflectors. These guide the onrushing air efficiently to the brake air ducts and the Air Curtains, which help to minimise turbulence around the wheel arches. The lines in the outer sections of the rear apron adopt the design language used for the air intake trim in the front apron. The three-dimensional rear lights are around 35 millimetres slimmer than on the outgoing car. Their light sources are all-LED and are positioned behind red and black surfaces arranged to emphasise the L-shaped contour of the rear lights. Other new features include a light strip which extends across the full width of the tailgate and connects the rear lights with each other.
At the interior the new 7 Series generous levels of space, choice materials, coordinated design details and exclusive workmanship combine to create a luxurious ambience that has been refined in every respect. A modified layout of the multifunction buttons are the defining features of the redesigned standard leather steering wheel. The standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional comprises a fully digital, high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches and a Control Display measuring 10.25 inches across. This package of equipment also features an adaptive navigation system and a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20 GB of memory. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional brings the new BMW Operating System 7.0. The operating system’s most recent incarnation boasts all-digital displays and is geared even more closely to the driver’s personal needs. Depending on the situation, the driver can choose from the familiar iDrive Controller, the steering wheel controls, touch control, voice control or gesture control.
Standard specification includes also the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, an intelligent digital helper who responds to the prompt “Hey BMW” and is an intrinsic element of the operating system. It marks the start of a new era in which drivers will increasingly be able to operate their car, access its functions and obtain information simply by speaking. He helps the driver, learns their preferences and is familiar with the settings they like to have. The Intelligent Personal Assistant even attends to the driver’s sense of wellbeing with his Caring Car function. This includes vitality and relaxation programmes and offers three different Experience Modes.
The new BMW 7 Series underlines its status as one of the luxury segment’s most innovative and progressive models with a comprehensive range of standard and optional driver assistance systems. The standard Parking Assistant helps the driver to exit parking spots or manoeuvre when space is limited. Another of the Parking Assistant’s features is the Reversing Assistant, able to reverse the vehicle for distances of up to 50 metres by steering it along exactly the same line it took when moving forward.
The new BMW 7 Series is available with petrol and Diesel engines using six, eight and twelve cylinders, as well as a new plug-in hybrid drive system. Spearheading the line-up of engines for the new BMW 7 Series is the twelve- cylinder petrol of 6.6 litres powering the M760Li xDrive, from which it extracts a maximum output of 585 and now is equipped with a gasoline particulate filter. The plug-in hybrid variants range take all of the luxury sedan’s sporty prowess, passenger comfort and feel-good ambience and combine them with exceptionally high efficiency and the ability to offer a virtually silent, all-electric driving experience with zero local emissions. The integration of a six-cylinder in-line engine into the plug-in hybrid system, a more advanced high-voltage battery, more power and torque, plus improved figures for electric range, consumption and CO2 emissions chart the progress that has been made compared with the outgoing models. With the Driving Experience Control switch set to Sport mode, the drive duo can unleash a combined output of 394 hp. The new plug-in hybrid drive technology enables the 745e, 745Le and 745Le xDrive models to achieve an electric range that varies between 50 and 58 kilometres.
All variants of the new BMW 7 Series feature, as standard, adaptive suspension including electronically controlled dampers and two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling.
Prices start from 96,200 euros for the 730d.