The current generation 7series came out during the revolutionary designer Chris Bangle’s tenure at BMW. It’s been quite some time since then. Bangle left BMW in 2009 and a lot has changed since then, but not the SEVEN.
And before it could get any longer in the tooth, the good people at BMW HQ has decided to give the car a new life. The car has made its global debut and if market speculations are to be believed, the car will hit the Indian soil sometime near September this year.
The car still retains the base design of the current generation 7series(codename F01). But things don’t end there! Apart from the list of features and introduction of new variants, the car does get a number of design changes, which should make it easier for the untrained eye to make out if this one’s a pre-facelift model or the new one.
Like you can see in the pictures (and like its supposed to do too), it retains the traditional design cues- mainly the Kidney grille and the Hoffmiester kink. And here’s what you get in the new car:
- An 8mm drop in the overall height
- The circular corona rings have been changed into something squarish. They look good!
- A slight change to the radiator grille includes a larger chrome surround and lesser number of slats (9 vs old car’s 12)
- The air intake has been changed and so is the placement of indicators, which have been integrated in the lower part of RVMs.
- And bits of chrome have been included, like the chrome strips between the four tailpipes on 760i and another one between the reflectors.
Yes you can drive a 7-series and be quite happy with it, but most of the people who spend their fortunes on cars like this would like to be chauffeured around, rather than driving their 5meter long vehicles. So interiors have to as luxurious as possible. Lets see what updates this face lifted model has got:
- Soundproofing has made better with insulating material going into the B and C pillars, skirts and boot area.
- The 16-speaker 1200 watt Bang & Olufsen System takes care of the entertainment on the go. They have included a retractable speaker, which disappears when the music system is switched off.
- New ambient lighting for interior and its customizable too. You can change the colour of the light!
- Video game generation will love the inclusion of a 10.25 inch display, which takes place of the instrument cluster. It shows more information than what the meters used to. And according to the mode you’re in (ECO PRO, COMFORT or SPORT), the meters vary accordingly.
Apart from giving this car a new look, BMW has introduced two new models too. Not much can be said if they’ll be ever coming to India but here’s the dope:
- BMW retains the top of the line V12 powered 760i, V8 powered 750i, straight six 740i and the diesels: 740d and 730d
- New additions include an all wheel drive 750d xDrive. The car is powered by a straight six 3L diesel, which produces 740Nm of torque. The all wheel drive system can prove to be useful while driving in conditions where you need more traction. And it will give Audi’s Quattro system quite some competition.
- The xDrive system is available as an option for the BMW 750i, 740d and the 730d.
- The ActiveHybrid 7 gets an engine change too. Instead of the eight cylinder engine, it now gets a straight six (from the 740i)
- And the biggest addition is the inclusion of an entry level option 258hp producing 3Litre straight six in the 730i.
- All the cars come with an 8-speed automatic gearbox
The BMW 7-series has always been good and well balanced. The only real competitor this car has is the XJ-L, if we’re talking about dynamics that is. The updates the 2012 7er car gets are:
- New dampers
- Self leveling air suspension for the rear axle
- Electric Power Steering, which is not just lighter but also consumes less energy
- Optional Integral Active Steering, a system that makes the rear wheels turn, complimenting the front wheels. It makes maneuvering this mammoth a relatively easy task
- Coasting mode-All models except the 760i get this. It lets the car coast (freewheel) between speeds 50kmph and 160kmph. Though there will be no engine braking, the car will consume less fuel. The system can be switched ON/OFF as per driver’s will.
So there you have it. A complete info on the yet to be launched 7series. There shouldn’t be a drastic price difference between the new and the current car. But until BMW India announces the official prices, there’s not much that could be speculated.
So if you’re in for buying a premium executive limousine, waiting for the 2012 7series will be worth the effort.