BMW has revealed the new 7 Series and all-electric i7 flagships, which will do battle against rival limousines such as the recently facelifted Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Mercedes-EQ EQS.
The 7 Series’ new split headlight design is clearly derived from the updated X7, while its large front grille is now illuminated. This style element is taken from the brand’s XM Concept.
Viewed from the side, the 7 Series is now looks monolithic. It features flush door handles, tall shoulder lines and sizeable rear doors, which should offer even better ingress/egress than before.
If you’ve opted for the all-electric i7, the limousine will have the distinct BMW i Blue accents.
Inside, the new 7 Series is also equipped with BMW’s Operating System 8. That means you get the Curved Display – which was first seen on the iX. The Curved Display combines the 12.3-inch information display (meters) and 14.9-inch infotainment screen.
There’s a new piece of kit here called the Interaction Bar. It’s made out of touch-sensitive panels that are used to adjust the climate, activate the hazard warning lights or open the glove box.
The bar also provides backlighting, which is displayed through its crystalline surface.
An even bigger stunner can be found in the backseat. Here, you will find the Theatre Screen, which was previewed at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show.
The Theatre Screen is a 31.3-inch 8K touchscreen that’s been merged with a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system for a more immersive audio-visual experience. Amazon’s Fire TV is even built in for convenience.
For comfort, the 7 Series backseats feature active seat ventilation and have massage functions (as expected). Owners seeking enhanced plushness can choose to have the seats upholstered in leather/Cashmere.
BMW 7 SERIES: POWERTRAINS AND VARIANTS
The top variant of the new 7 Series is the 760i xDrive, which is powered by a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8. This unit produces 537bhp and 750Nm of torque, allowing the luxury limo to crack the century sprint in just 4.2 seconds.
The 740i and 735i meanwhile, will utilise turbocharged 3-litre inline-6 engines. These will develop 375bhp and 282bhp respectively. All 7 Series offered with internal combustion engines will have 48-volt mild hybrid technology.
Those looking to get their hands on the all-electric i7 meanwhile, will be able to opt for the BMW i7 xDrive60.
It offers 537bhp and 745Nm, figures that enable it to go from rest to 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds. BMW claims it will have a maximum range of 625km (WLTP).
Two plug-in hybrid models will follow in 2023. The 750e xDrive offers a combined output of 483bhp and and electric-only range of 89km. Meanwhile, the M760e xDrive will offer a max output of 563bhp and peak torque of 800Nm, plus an electric-only range of 84km.
Buyers can expect the BMW 7 Series and i7 to arrive in Singapore in late 2022.