BMW 7-series premiered in China: We find out:
BMW premiered their flagship 7-series in Shanghai Chain earlier this month. The choice of venue was only fitting as almost 44% of global BMW sales are charted from the country. China has been one of the biggest manufacturer of BMW and the 7-series will be 100% localized in Asia from their Chinese manufacturing hub.
Now that a little backgrounder is set, let’s look at the car in flesh and discuss the car in talks. Let’s not go wow yet, as this is a face-lift and not a restructured model. Due to it being a face-lifted, the car retains most of its dynamics and characteristics. One thing which we have come to accept is that the new 7-series will feature a rather massive front grille as it has on most of its face-lifts past year.
BMW is now offering an optional LaserLight instead of its stock LED headlights. At the rear, the tail lights have been angled so as to project a 3D effect and have been reduce 35-millimetre.
The interiors are as luxurious as ever, display job is done by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25 – inch Control display on centre. There is an overall leathery feel to the cabin, with steering wheel wrapped with leather. The 7 Series now gets Bowers and Wilkins Diamond 3D surround system as an optional feature. Rear passengers get a full-HD touchscreen display for enhanced viewing experience.
In terms of variants, engines and powertrain offered in India and launch date, BMW has not officially revealed anything yet. However, the variants showcased were:
1. Top of the line V 12 engine - BMW M760Li xDrive
2. V 8 engine which gets a generous 50PS boost from it predecessor- BMW 750i xDrive
3. 3 diesel engines with turbo chargers ranging max power from 265PS – 400PS
4. Additionally, BMW is also offering plug-in hybrid variants of the new 7 Series with specially adapted six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and upgraded high-voltage battery with max power of 394PS
Adaptive suspension and two-axle air suspension Integral Active Steering and Executive Drive Pro with active roll stabilisation (not available for plug-in hybrid models) BMW M760Li xDrive and plug-in hybrid variants with model-specific chassis tuning will also be on offered
It is estimated that the base model will start from Rs 1.2 crore ex-showroom India however BMW was not available for comments on the price range.
The 7-series will remain the flagship model for BMW as its the perfect amalgamation of luxury, comfort and performance. While, the 7-series has only got a face-lift,it sure does feel lot sportier and premium than its predecessor. We would definitely want the 7-series to come to Indian shores, however with the same powertrain options available as premiered and not just the base or the mid model.