BMW has taken the covers off its new flagship, the sixth-generation 7 Series. As expected, the new BMW 7 Series has lost significant amount of weight (130 kgs of it) and gained many features. The overall shape hasn’t been tampered with but the new 7 looks more modern and updated with the latest family design. Focus has been given to lightweight design, powertrains, chassis, operating systems, intelligent connectivity and interior ambience. Key innovations include carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, new generation engines, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode and BMW Laserlight.
The sixth gen BMW 7 Series will be the first car to feature an Active Kidney Grille including visible air flap control while the headlight units now connect to the grille. The headlights and tail lights are fitted with LED units with Laser headlamps as optional. The L-shaped tail lamps are connected with a chrome bar across the full width of the trunk lid. The new 7 Series get 18-inch or 19-inch alloy wheels as standard according to the variant and you can opt for sizes up to 21-inch wheels.
The new BMW 7 series will be available with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 (445 hp) for the 750i, 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol (320 hp) for the 740i, 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel (261 hp) for the 730d while the 740e will come in the plug-in hybrid form powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine and an electric drive unit. All the variants will be fitted with an eight-speed Sport Automatic Steptronic transmission.
The all new BMW 7 Series also gets air suspension and dynamic damper control as standard. The suspension setup features double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension. An electrically powered compressor with pressure reservoir fills the suspension with air and even when the engine is switched off, the height of the vehicle body is adjusted to keep it at a constant level and air supply is controlled individually for each wheel according to weight load. While the ride height can be manually controlled to rise by 20mm, the level control automatically adjusts itself according to the speed.
Inside, the new 7 gets a 12.3-inch digital display for the instrument cluster that alters the graphics and colour scheme according to the drive mode, four-zone automatic climate control, heated front and rear armrests, hands-free phone system complete with Bluetooth audio streaming and wireless charging as standard.
With the Luxury Rear Seating Package, you get rear ventilated and comfort seats, heated front and rear armrests, 7 inch touch command tablet, massage function with a choice of eight programs, each with three different levels of intensity and optional rear- seat entertainment system screens.
For more rear comfort, the optional Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package offers more space and comfort for the rear seat behind the front passenger seat. The backrest can be reclined to an angle of up to 42.5 degrees and the front passenger seat can be slid forward by an extra 90 millimeters with its backrest tilted all the way forward and an electrically operated fold-out footrest can be found on the back of the front passenger seat. The Rear-seat entertainment system screen can also be electrically adjusted to the ideal viewing angle for the rear passenger. The Executive Lounge rear center console also features a fold-out table, two cupholders and a storage compartment, as well as the new BMW 7 inch Touch Command Tablet.
Other highlights include Executive Lounge feature with massage function and Vitality Programme, the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, the Welcome Light Carpet, the Ambient highlight, a smartphone holder with inductive charging station, new iDrive system with a touch display and BMW gesture control, as well as Touch Command, the new BMW Head-Up Display, crossing traffic warning, steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection, Surround View with 3D View and the Remote Control Parking system. Oh yes, you can park the new 7 Series with just the BMW Display Key.