Ok. Let’s talk about the new BMW 7 Series. BMW is so jazzed about its sixth-generation flagship sedan that it released 157 photos along with its big debut Wednesday. Suffice it to say, we can’t post all of those, but you’ll see a bunch of them below and you’ll see a 740i xDrive that looks every inch a BMW with loads of tech, more space than ever and a powerful, yet efficient engine.
First, we have to talk about what a techie dream machine it is. BMW went all out in that department, not just for the driver, but the passengers too. We’re talking a new heads-up touchscreen display complete with 3D sensor gesture controls, a wireless charging system, and an available tablet-based control system for rear-seat passengers. But what we don’t get is that the entertainment system doesn’t support either Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto.
But perhaps self-driving makes up for that. Remote parking is a nifty feature grouped in the Driving Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus systems of the vehicle. This enables drivers to make the car maneuver in or out of parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel. Instructions are sent using the key fob, which features a display panel to provide a variety of vehicle-specific info. Active Park Distance Control also assists the driver during manual reversing maneuvers. If needed, the sedan will apply autonomous brakes to prevent rear collisions during backing up.
Inside, that new heads-up display is larger than past ones and it projects all sorts of information about road speed, speed limits, Check Control messages, status and warning messages from other assistance systems and more. It also puts telephone and entertainment menus directly into the driver’s field of vision. The HUD is standard on the 750i xDrive and you can even get a night vision system added.
Oh and did we mention the ‘Executive’ seat package that includes recline and massage functions in the rear seats. Plus, you can make it smell nice, too with the optional Ambient Air package, which gives you eight fragrance choices in three different intensities. Not sure whether that particular option quite fits with the M Sport Package, but who knows.
The new 7 series is nearly 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor due to the mix of carbon fiber, aluminum and steel used in its body. In the States, it will be exclusively offered in the long wheelbase version.
Under the hood, the 740i gets BMW’s new B58 modular six-cylinder engine. The turbocharged and direct-injection 3.0 liter delivers 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the engine accelerates the car from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds. If you go for the 750i, you get a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 fitted to the outgoing model with 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. By the way, that eight-speed tranny can be linked up with the car’s satellite navigation system.
Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview is a worth pointing out too, since it’s a new option. This active chassis control system, available for all models with the exception of the upcoming 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid, works together with the front and rear air suspension and the Dynamic Damper Control to achieve a remarkable standard of suspension, damping and driving comfort.
The list goes on and on with this vehicle. The 740i and 750i xDrive arrive in dealerships this fall.