BMW just gave its flagship sedan more powerful and more efficient turbo-diesel engines. This comes after the Bavarian automaker released new straight-six turbo-diesel engines that feature the brand's 48-volt mild-hybrid technology (48V MHEV) that complies with the Euro6d emission standard.
To be available this July for the 2020 BMW 7 Series, the upgraded engines benefit from a 48-volt starter generator, as well as a new state-of-the-art exhaust after-treatment system for cleaner emissions. In addition, the 7 Series models will also come with the latest version of active steering, and new exterior colors/high-quality options from BMW Individual.
Beginning with the 730d and 730d xDrive, the 3.0-liter inline-six on these two models now produces 286 PS (+21 PS) and 650 Nm (+30Nm) of torque that is available from 1500 – 2500 rpm. The increase in power means both the 730d and 730d xDrive can now go from 0 – 100 km/h 0.2 seconds faster in 5.9 and 5.6 seconds, accordingly.
As for the more powerful 740d xDrive model, the upgraded 3.0-liter straight-six now cranks out 20 PS and 20 Nm more than the old version. This translates to 340 PS and 700 Nm of torque. Thanks to the increase in power and torque, the 0 – 100 km/h sprint time of the 740d xDrive is now 0.2 seconds faster at 5 seconds flat.
With the 48V mild-hybrid system in play, BMW claims both the 730d and 740d allows for faster acceleration. It also benefits from regenerative braking which can recharge the batteries during braking or deceleration. And as mentioned earlier, the 3.0-liter diesel-hybrid mills now benefit from better exhaust after-treatment courtesy of an improved diesel oxidation particulate filter that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions.
Apart from having cleaner and more powerful diesel engines, 2020 7 Series now has the latest version of BMW's Integral Active Steering system. The optional suspension upgrade combines a variable front axle transmission ratio that aids in rear-wheel steering for better handling overall.
Then there's the range of additional exterior colors available via BMW Individual. With it, paint finishes like Phytonic Blue Metallic, and Frozen Blue Metallic can now be specified for the 2020 7 Series. In the future, BMW plans to have the full-grain Merino leather trim available for the 7 Series in various color combinations like Smokey White, Night Blue, and Black.
There's no word yet as to when these upgrades will be available for the Philippine market. Hopefully, they will be available once the refreshed 7 Series officially makes its way here in the Philippines.