The biggest BMW sedan you can buy today, at least in terms of size – the 7-Series – has now been significantly updated for the year 2013. This new 7-Series is more of a subtle evolution to the earlier model, not the big update everyone was expecting from BMW.
Using an eight-speed transmission throughout the range, the new models claim to have 20% better efficiency in the EU cycle. The 750i gets a 4.4-litre V8 with 45 more horsepower and can nail 0-100 kph in 4.7 seconds (claimed) while the 740i gets a 315 horsepower inline-six. The 740i and the 750i will also come with an ‘ECO PRO’ driving mode – like the new 3-Series – which helps and guides the driver to achieve better fuel economy.
Externally, there are subtle updates – the famous kidney grille has lesser vertical slats, there are horizontal chrome embellishments on the front bumper, lean new mirrors, refreshed taillights, slightly more aggressive-looking headlamps and on the 760i, BMW will also offer Adaptive LED headlights. They monitor the car’s direction and accordingly align themselves to illuminate objects around corners.
On the insides, the occupants are kept busy with new floating 9.2-inch LCD screens at the back, better soundproofing for lesser ambient noise, redesigned ambient lighting and an optional 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. The GPS navigation system has been significantly revamped with a dedicated 1.3 GHz processor and 3D map display capabilities. The trademark BMW iDrive also is now revamped with a ‘pie’ menu, split screen displays, voice control and dictation function.
With regards to technology, this Beemer comes with automatic parking assist which will park your vehicle in tight spots with accuracy, adaptive cruise control which can bring the car to a complete stop in an emergency, hands-free trunk opening and a driver fatigue monitoring system.
Expect BMW’s new 7 to make to our shores by end-2012 or early next year.