BMW has launched the 2019 7-Series luxury sedan in the Indian market today. The flagship sedan gets a range of updates and will be available in multiple variants. The most affordable variant of the BMW 7-Series is priced at Rs 1.22 crore, ex-showroom while the most-expensive version is priced at Rs 2.43 crore. There are six-variants in total.
The most interesting version of the 2019 BMW 7-Series is the BMW 745Le xDrive, which is the plug-in hybrid model. It is a fully-imported Completely Built Unit (CBU) in the Indian market and is priced at Rs 1.65 crore. Why is this version interesting? Well, the plug-in hybrid BMW 7-Series 745Le xDrive gets an electric motor alongside the regular petrol engine. It also gets new lithium-ion battery cell technology that offers increased capacity. The electric motor of the BMW 745Le produces a maximum power of 108 Bhp and 265 Nm. There is also a 3.0-litre, inline-six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged petrol engine that produces a maximum power of 286 Bhp and peak torque of 450. Combined, the electric motor and the petrol engine produces a maximum of 384 Bhp and 600 Nm!
Now comes the interesting part. BMW claims that the 745Le xDrive returns a maximum fuel efficiency of whopping 39.5 km/l, which makes it the most fuel-efficient sedan in India. It can do 0-100 km/h run in just 5.3 seconds and the top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h. The sedan can also run on pure electric mode for a claimed 53 km. However, in real-world conditions, this range can come down. In electric mode, the top-speed is reduced to 140 km/h. It can be charged using a regular 220V socket and it takes 8-12 hours depending on the conditions to charge completely. Using a BMW wallbox charger brings down the total charging time to 4-5 hours. The batteries are also charged using the energy from braking and deceleration.
The entry-level variant – 730Ld DPE is powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 265 Bhp and torque peaks at 620 Nm. It can do 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. This very engine also powers the other diesel variants too – 730Ld DPE Signature and 730Ld M Sport. The petrol variant – 740Li of the car is powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 340 Bhp and peak torque of 450 Nm. It can do 0-100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds.
The most powerful version, which is also the most costly variant of the 7-Series is the M760i xDrive. The car comes powered by a massive 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine that generates a maximum power of 609 Bhp and peak torque of 850 Nm. It can hit the 100 km/h mark in just 3.8 seconds.
The luxury car gets features like a four-zone climate control system, electrically adjustable and massage function, seat ventilation, leather upholstery, air-suspension, panoramic glass roof, 10.2-inch rear-seat entertainment system. All the functions in the car can also be controlled by a 7-inch touchscreen tablet, which is integrated to the rear seat armrest of the car.