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2022 BMW 7 Sequence revealed | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Radically styled new BMW flagship will get next-level tech, together with a roof-mounted 31.1-inch, 8K ‘cinema’ display screen for the rear passengers.

BMW has lastly taken the wraps off the seventh-generation 7 Sequence sedan, which can go on sale internationally within the coming months and will come to India someday subsequent yr.

  • All-new BMW 7 Sequence will get electrified petrol and diesel choices 
  • Primarily based on BMW’s closely reworked CLAR platform 
  • Petrol-electric plug-in-hybrid affords pure EV vary of upto 80km

New BMW 7 Sequence: daring exterior design

To provide it the visible affect to go together with its elevated positioning, BMW has offered its Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival with a daring new exterior design. The brand new look, pushed largely by buyer suggestions in markets corresponding to China and the US, immediately differentiates the brand new 7 Sequence from the sixth-generation mannequin, launched in 2015.

Up entrance, the grille, consisting of two components as on all current BMW fashions, is even bigger than earlier than and comes with BMW’s ‘Iconic Lighting’ therapy, which was first delivered to the facelifted eight Sequence. The separation of the headlamps, with the LED working lights positioned above and the principle beams in a separate recess beneath, add better presence whereas offering shut visible ties with the not too long ago, giving the brand new 7-Sequence added visible width. 

Three totally different M packages add performance-inspired styling cues – M Sport, M Sport Professional, and M Efficiency. There’s additionally a alternative of chrome and blackened styling components, and wheels vary from 19 inch as commonplace as much as the elective 22 inch as a part of the M Efficiency styling bundle.

The all-electric i7 variant brings its personal refined touches, together with a blanked-off grille with a BMW i model emblem, in addition to ornamental components inside the bumpers and sills.

The 7 Sequence has elevated in size by 130mm, to five,391mm, its width has elevated by 48mm, to 1,950mm, and it is usually 51mm taller, at 1,544mm. It not affords the selection of two wheelbases. As an alternative, all new 7 Sequence fashions have the identical 3,215mm wheelbase – a 5mm enhance on that of the sooner long-wheelbase mannequin.

New BMW 7 Sequence: inside and tech

Inside, the 7 Sequence picks up on developments delivered to current new BMW fashions, together with a curved digital show working the corporate’s newest iDrive eight working system, as seen within the i4 and iX. It sits atop a newly styled dashboard that includes a full-width gentle band and homes a 12.3-inch instrument show and 14.9-inch infotainment display screen. There’s additionally a brand new flat-bottom steering wheel. Between the entrance seats is a management panel with a gear selector, a standard rotary iDrive controller, and different touch-sensitive controls. Among the many choices is a radical 31.3-inch, 8K ‘cinema’ display screen. Mounted inside the roof, it folds down to supply video streaming by way of Amazon Hearth TV in 16:9, 21:9 and 32:9 codecs.

Boot capability varies in keeping with the driveline. Standard internal-combustion-engine fashions get 540 litres, with the plug-in hybrids providing 525 litres and the i7 500 litres. {An electrical} fold-out towbar is obtainable and the utmost towing capability is 2,100kg.

New BMW 7 Sequence: engine and powertrain choices

BMW’s flagship four-door sedan can be produced with a spread of various drivetrains, together with mild-hybrid petrol and diesel, in addition to a plug-in hybrid and pure-electric items – all powering each axles as commonplace. In reality, BMW has determined to drop petrol engines utterly for European markets. They are going to be not directly changed by new petrol-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrains providing electrical ranges of over 80km. 

The only diesel within the line-up, the 740d xDrive, will arrive internationally in April 2023. It has a newly developed model of BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six diesel with mild-hybrid help and Euro-6D compliance. With a mixed 299hp, it’s claimed to supply BMW’s four-door flagship with a 0-100kph time of 6.3sec and a high pace restricted to 250kph.

There may also be 750e xDrive and M760e xDrive within the international line-up. The 2 petrol-electric plug-in hybrids run the most recent evolution of BMW’s conventional turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine together with a gearbox-mounted electrical motor.

Mixed outputs are put at 489hp and 698Nm for the 750e xDrive and 570hp for the M760e xDrive. BMW quotes 0-100kph instances of 4.9sec and 4.3sec, respectively, and a ruled 250kph high pace for each fashions. Together with a brand new 18.7kWh battery, the electrical vary is put at 83-91km for the 750e and 80-83km for the M760e, with the highest pace in electrical mode restricted to 140kph in every. Different new 7 Sequence fashions, together with six-cylinder 735i and 740i fashions, in addition to a V8-powered 760i xDrive, can be offered in some markets.

New BMW 7 Sequence: platform particulars

The premise for the brand new 7 Sequence is BMW’s CLAR platform. It has been closely reworked for the brand new mannequin. The carbon core measures delivered to the earlier technology to save lots of weight have been dropped to make manner for a brand new materials combine that features extra conventional metal, aluminium and titanium.  

Underpinning the brand new automobile is an air suspension system with adaptive damping and the flexibility to lift the journey peak by 20mm when required on tough roads. All new 7 Sequence fashions additionally obtain the most recent model of BMW’s Integral Lively Steering, which supplies as much as 3.5 diploma of steering angle to the rear wheels. Among the many choices is Government Drive Professional – an energetic roll stabilisation system that makes use of electrical motors to suppress physique roll. 

New BMW 7 Sequence: India launch and rivals

Key rival to the brand new BMW 7 Sequence in India would be the common Mercedes-Benz S-Class, together with the soon-to-be-launched up to date Audi A8 L. Anticipate BMW to introduce the brand new 7 Sequence in India someday subsequent yr.

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