BMW 7 Series 2015
Launching 24th October 2015.
The sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series is a true flagship of the BMW range, blending comfort, style, dynamic ability and cutting edge technology in equal measure to create an inspiring mode of luxury transport.
Thanks to the intelligent use of multiple materials in the construction of the body, including carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the Carbon Core, the new BMW 7 Series is both stronger and up to 130kg lighter than its predecessor. This advanced construction is complemented by six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines taken from the latest generation of BMW power units.
With a wealth of interior comfort and driving features, from new ConnectedDrive technology to the sumptuous Executive Lounge feature, the new BMW 7 Series redefines luxury on the move.
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Exterior Design: presence and elegance in harmony
The design of the new BMW 7 Series is a thoroughly modern interpretation of luxury. Every detail has been executed with meticulous precision, clearly positioning the new BMW 7 Series as the flagship model of the current BMW range: a car of elegance, refinement, advanced technology and high quality workmanship.
Like its predecessor, the new BMW 7 Series is offered in two body variants. The wheelbase of the extended version is 14cm longer, at 3,210mm and offers extra rear space as a result. At 5,098mm in total length (long-wheelbase version: 5,238mm), 1,902mm in width and 1,478mm (1,485mm) in height, the new BMW 7 Series is the largest series-produced car the brand has ever built. Both body variants display familiar BMW proportions, characterised by a long bonnet, short front overhang, long wheelbase and a set-back passenger compartment. A smoothly downward-sloping roofline adds a hint of sportiness.
From the front, the new BMW 7 Series radiates a feeling of assured presence. It is the brand’s first car to feature visible air flap control, improving aerodynamics as well as making a strong visual statement. The headlight units extend up as far as the grille, while the light graphic of the familiar BMW twin circular headlights is levelled off at its upper and lower edges. The headlights have a precisely detailed design that portrays the sophisticated technology within both in standard full LED form and when optional BMW Laserlight is specified. The lower air intake stretched wide across the front end, the chrome bars in the outer edges of the intake and the horizontal contours of the LED fog lamps underline the car’s broad-set stance.
The interior design: a beautiful environment
The balance of dynamics and comfort so central to the new BMW 7 Series’ character is reflected in the design of the interior. Whether it’s the driving pleasure generated from behind the wheel, or the sublime sense of well-being when sat in the rear seats, the ambience of the new BMW 7 Series is both modern and luxurious. All the control and display elements share a new design that highlights their innovative functionality – such as the chrome buttons on the multifunctional steering wheel and centre console, and the touchscreen surface for the control panel of the Automatic air conditioning with four-zone control.
The controls on the centre console are – like the interior trim strip – framed by fine wood or aluminium surfaces. Both the trim strips and the instrument panel’s chrome surrounds which border them are made individually for each car; their dimensions are therefore matched to the nearest millimetre. The standard and optional equipment items are crafted from carefully selected materials and with the build quality expected of precision craftsmanship. Meanwhile, the generous levels of space on board are highlighted by a horizontal surface structure that extends through the door trim. Customers can choose from six colour variants for the standard Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery.
Engines: a new generation ‘sixes’
The six-cylinder in-line engines, with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, that are fitted in the new BMW 7 Series range stem from the BMW Group’s latest generation of engines. The 3.0-litre petrol unit under the bonnet of the BMW 740Li produces an output of 326hp, 7hp more than the engine it replaces. The new power unit’s crankcase, cylinder head and oil sump are all made from aluminium. The TwinScroll turbocharger features an indirect system of charge air-cooling that is incorporated into the intake manifold and works in unison with High Precision Direct Injection, the very latest version of VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. Not only has the efficiency of the new straight-six engine been increased, its response is even more spontaneous as well.
The diesel unit powering the BMW 730d and BMW 730Ld models has a 3.0-litre capacity and likewise boasts a 7hp increase in output, in this case to 265hp, combined with superior efficiency. Peak torque is now 620Nm , which translates into formidable pulling power. What’s more, fuel consumption and emissions are considerably lower as well thanks to a reduction in weight, improved thermodynamics for the turbocharging system with VNT technology and a new common-rail direct injection system with piezo injectors that now generate a maximum pressure of 2,500 bar. The new diesel models in the BMW 7 Series line-up are available with xDrive as an option.
There are also two new plug-in hybrid models: the BMW 740e, and the BMW 740Le xDrive – proof that it’s not just the Carbon Core that has been gleaned from the development of BMW i cars, but also BMW eDrive powertrain technology. The intelligently controlled interaction between a 2.0-litre petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric drive unit integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission endows the BMW 740e with dynamic acceleration yet very low consumption and emissions figures in everyday driving. While producing a total system output of 326hp, it returns a combined fuel consumption of 134.5mpg in the guise of the BMW 740e or a combined electric power consumption of 12.5 kWh. CO2 emissions are just 49g/km.
Interior comfort: the ultimate in style and comfort
The iDrive system’s operating concept has been expanded to include the method so familiar from consumer electronics devices: when combined with the standard Navigation system the iDrive operating system’s monitor comes in the form of a touch display for the first time. The system can furthermore be specified with the addition of BMW gesture control, which is also being premiered in the new BMW 7 Series. By making specific hand movements in the vicinity of the centre console - where a 3D sensor registers them - commonly used infotainment system functions can be controlled very intuitively and conveniently. The various gestures serve, for instance, to adjust the audio volume, control the 3D view display and accept or reject incoming phone calls.
The standard multifunctional instrument display with a 12.3-inch display area alters the graphics and colour scheme used for the cockpit gauges to match the mode selected with the Driving Experience Control switch.
The standard four-zone automatic air-conditioning features a separate control console in the rear is standard across all BMW 7 Series in the UK. The control panels feature a touch-sensitive surface for the first time: the intensity of the ventilation, the seat climate control functions as well as the fragrance system can all be controlled by touching on-screen buttons. Opting for the Heat Comfort package makes it possible to heat up the steering wheel rim and the armrests in both the doors and the front and rear centre consoles, in addition to the front and rear seats. The Extended rear air-conditioning option for the long-wheelbase BMW 740Li and BMW 730Ld models comprises two extra, individually adjustable air vents in the roof liner
The massage function for the standard comfort seats offers a choice of eight programs, each with three different levels of intensity, which are designed to relax and stimulate the muscles in regions of the body that can be individually selected. In the rear, it additionally offers a Vitality Programme that has been specially devised for the new BMW 7 Series and allows the passengers to engage in active training to revitalise the body on longer journeys. The training programme instructions are displayed on the Rear-seat entertainment system screens. The massage function is standard for the front seats and an option for the rear.
The Executive Lounge Seating (expected July 2016) provides a superlative standard of travel comfort in the rear seat behind the front passenger seat. The backrest can be reclined to an angle of up to 42.5 degrees. To offer the passenger in the rear even greater legroom, the front passenger seat can be slid forward by an extra 90mm and its backrest tilted all the way forward. For a completely unobstructed view to the front, the head restraint can be folded down as well. An electrically operated fold-out footrest can also be found on the back of the front passenger seat. The rear-seat entertainment system screen can be electrically adjusted to the ideal viewing angle for the rear passenger’s current seat position. In addition to all this, the Executive Lounge rear console also features a fold-out table, two cupholders and a storage compartment, as well as the new BMW Touch Command unit.
The occupants sense of smell has not been neglected either, with the availability of the optional Ambient Air package. It comprises functions for ionising the air and releasing fragrance into the vehicle interior with selected scents, both of which can be controlled from the air conditioning control console or the iDrive menu. Three levels of intensity can be set, and there are a choice of eight scents in all, two of which can be applied in the vehicle at the same time.
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