BMW India has just launched the new fifth-generation 7-Series in four new variants, with prices starting at Rs 92.90 lakh for the base BMW 730Ld going up to Rs. 1.73 crore for the top-of-the-line BMW 760Li. The car is the ultimate in motoring luxury in the BMW line up of cars.
Here’s look at what’s new with the fifth-generation BMW 7-Series luxury sedan.
Prices and variants
BMW 730Ld: Rs. 92,90,000
BMW 740Li: Rs. 1,12,70,000
BMW 750Li: Rs. 1,29,10,000
BMW 760Li: Rs. 1,73,00,000
These prices are ex-showroom, all-India. The car is available in 10 colours with an option of interior trims as well, with different leather and wood finish choices. Deliveries with start from May 1, 2013. Also read: BMW launches new X1 at 27.90 lakh
Among the four variants of the BMW 7-Series, the BMW 730Ld will be locally assembled at the company’s plant in Chennai (and hence the lower price tag as it attracts only 30% duty), while the other three variants will be imported as completely built units. The BMW 730Ld is also the only diesel variant in the line up, while the other three are petrol.
What’s new with the BMW 7-Series?
The first noticeable change is the sleeker design of the new BMW 7-Series, with the traditional kidney-grille, with an entirely new concept to the headlamps. The headlights are now fully LED adaptive units (probably to match what rival Audi offers), which can raise or lower themselves based on the speed and direction of the car. The rear of the car has very subtle changes to the tail-lamp design and boot profile. The electrically foldable mirrors also get integrated turn indicators.
The interiors of the BMW 7-Series in typical BMW driver oriented style, gets an angled dashboard that puts all controls within easy reach of the driver. BMW has worked on the NVH padding around the car, and it is completely silent in the cabin. It also has selectable ambient lighting to match your mood in the car.
The trademark BMW i-Drive system provides infotainment and driver information. It comes with an integrated hard disk to store data on-board. It has a 10-inch display screen in the dash for all the information, while the rear seat headrests get 9-inch monitors with their own i-Drive controller as well. Also read: BMW 3-Series road test and review
Power and performance
The BMW 730Ld comes with a twin-power turbo six-cylinder in-line common-rail diesel engine producing 258 bhp of power and 560 Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The car can apparently do 0-100 kmph in 6.2 seconds and hit a top-speed of 250 kmph. The driver also has the option of choosing what mode he wants to drive the car in – choosing between EcoPro (for fuel efficiency), Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Changing these modes not only alters the engine’s power characteristics and transmission shift points, it also alters the suspension set up to suit the driving style. Also read: BMW 640D Gran Coupe launched
BMW has also taken a leaf out of Mercedes’ safety package and included an Attention Assist function that detects if the driver is drowsy or distracted, and alerts the driver. Besides that the car has eight airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and can even close the windows and sunroof if it detects a likely collision.
Other goodies in the BMW 7-Series include regenerative braking (to charge the battery) and auto-start stop. It also features a chiller box to keep drinks cold, four zone automatic climate control, folding tables behind the front seats and massage function in the rear seat backrests. Also read: BMW X6 launched at Rs. 78.9 lakh