Text: Anton Andres / Photos: BMW Press | posted June 11, 2015 11:22
All-new G11 7 Series to feature more tech and luxury
BMW has officially unveiled the their all-new flagship, the 7 Series. The all new G11 7 Series features BMW's new engines, hybrid systems and carbon fiber in its structure. Like all 7 Series models from the past, the G11 7 Series comes with two wheelbase configurations with the extended wheelbase models featuring an Li or Ld designation.
Exterior-wise, the all the 7 Series is more evolutionary in styling rather than revolutionary. Up front, the wide kidney grill connects with the headlights much like the company's best seller, the 3 Series. From the side, the new 7 Series has an aluminum strip that starts from the fender and continues all the way to the rear door. At the back an aluminum strip passes through the tail lights which now echoes the 6 Series Gran Coupe's tail lights.
Inside, BMW retains their classic driver oriented dashboard and the iDrive screen now stands near the top of the dashboard and now features touchscreen and gesture control technology. . The electronic gear selector also gets a mild redesign. Like all BMW's, the 7 Series will be available with numerous interior trim and fabric options Dakota leather or Nappa leather upholstery as well as wood trim and aluminum accents. The car also has metallic switches and touch sensitive controls.
The new 7 Series will also be available with the Executive Lounge package on long-wheelbase models. The package features a four-zone automatic climate control system, ventilated seats and power rear seats with a massage function. The Executive Lounge also adds a rear console which houses a fold out table, cup holders and a 7-inch Touch Command tablet. Other notable options for the new 7 Series include the Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof on Li and Ld models, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system and an Ambient Air package which ionizes the air and releases one of eight different aromas.
On the handling front, all new 7 Series models come with a two-axle air suspension system with automatic self-leveling and Dynamic Damper Control. Active suspension is also available in the form of the Executive Drive Pro package which adds an electromechanical active roll stability system. Helping the 7 Series being, what BMW says, the most dynamic car in its class, the company has made the 7 Series structure out of carbon fiber. Called Carbon Core, it adapts the carbon technologies applied in the i3 and i8 hybrids and is the first car in its segment in which industrially manufactured CFRP combines with steel and aluminum. As result, the new 7 Series is lighter than its predecessor by 130 kilograms.
The gas engine range for the G11 7 Series includes a 3.0 liter inline six with TwinPower Turbo producing 326 PS and 450 Nm of torque for the 740i and 740Li models. Those who want more power can get the 750i or 750Li which is powered by a 4.4 liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that develops 450 PS and 650 Nm of torque.
For its initial launch, there is only one diesel variant available. The 730d and 730Ld come equipped with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 265 PS and 620 Nm of torque.
For the first time in a 7 Series, a four cylinder engine has joined the range with the BMW 740e, 740Le and 740Le xDrive plug-in hybrid. It is powered by a a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine, a 95 PS electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. All in all, the systems give the 740e a combined output of 326 PS while consuming just 47.6 kilometers per liter. It can also run on full electric mode for 40 kilometers and can reach speeds up to 120 km/h.
BMW has yet to announce the start of G11 7 Series sales.