Lightweight materials, plug-in hybrid and interior innovation for new BMW 7 Series
New powertrains, including plug-in hybrids and increased use of lightweight composites materials are among the highlights of BMW’s all-new 7-series.
The new cars also incorporate advanced connectivity and some nice touches to improve interior ambience.
The design is classical rather than radical, and as before, the car comes in standard and extended wheelbases. Cars can be personalised through an M Sport package, a Pure Excellence package and a BMW Individual Design Composition, which will be available for the new 7-Series from launch.
Use of Carbon Core composites parts help reduce weight by as much as 130 kilograms. This technology features heavily in BMW’s electric and hybrid i8 and i3 models, and the 7-series is the first regular BMW to combine this composite structure with steel and aluminium. This also increases the strength and rigidity of the passenger cell.
The new BMW 7 Series is available with an extensively updated V8 engine and six-cylinder in-line variants from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units. All the engines are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system can be specified as an option.
The plug-in hybrid model, which will be launched in long-wheelbase BMW 740Le form and bear the BMW 740Le xDrive badge when specified with intelligent all-wheel drive, is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, which together generate total system output of 326hp. The BMW 740e records combined fuel consumption of 134.5 mpg and CO2 emissions of 49g/km. The BMW eDrive technology enables all-electric driving at speeds of up to 75mph and an al-electric range of up to 25 miles.
The BMW 750Li xDrive, BMW 740Li, BMW 730Ld and BMW 730Ld xDrive models can be specified with the optional Executive Lounge, which offers high levels of comfort. This equipment package includes automatic air conditioning with 4-zone control, electrically adjustable comfort seats with massage function in the rear and active seat ventilation for all seats, plus the optional Executive Lounge Seating, Executive Lounge rear console and Rear-seat entertainment Experience with BMW Touch Command.
The Executive Lounge Seating option increases comfort in the rear seat behind the front passenger seat, which can slide forward by an additional 90mm and has an electrically extendable footrest integrated into its backrest.
The Executive Lounge rear console houses a fold-out table, additional cupholders and the Touch Command system. This removable 7-inch tablet computer allows the user to control the infotainment and comfort functions available in the rear of the new BMW 7 Series and can also be used to play back external audio and video files, as a games console or to surf the internet.
Ambient lighting in the rear of LWB versions combines with a “Sky Lounge Panorama” glass roof. When it gets dark, the light emitted from side-mounted LED modules is directed evenly on to the glass surface, where it hits an imprinted graphic resembling a starry sky.
The new BMW 7 Series is also the world’s first series-produced car that owners will be able to manoeuvre in or out of forward-parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. The Remote Control Parking option allows drivers to access tight parking spaces with ease using the BMW Display Key.