The 2016 BMW 7 Series (G11/G12 – LWB) is a rolling technological tour de force. BMW presenter Chris Brown runs us through a detailed look at the offerings in BMW’s all-new 7 Series – all you need to know video, which include the new Remote Control parking system.
The all-new BMW 7 Series can automatically pull in and out of one’s garage, or a narrow parking space, at the touch of a button on the Display Key. A number of sensors ensure that the 7 Series can pull in or out securely by automatically supervising braking, acceleration and steering. Once done, the engine switches off automatically.
The video (below the article) also demonstrates the gesture control system, which imbibes four pre-defined gestures with the addition of a fifth one for customizing. It also points at the new HUD system, which has been increased in size by 75 percent, along with new graphics.
The sumptuous, reclining rear seats are called the Executive Lounge and fatcats can catch up on their work using the integrated tables, which fold away in the depths of the central armrest. Then there’s the BMW Touch Command, which can control up to 24 different comfort, navigation and entertainment functions via a tablet. The tablet acts as a remote control, and can also be used to kick in the vitality system, the massage seats, or even change the position of the Executive Lounge.
The tricked out sunroof is referred to as the Sky Lounge, and has more than 15,000 light patterns in the glass to create the desired interior ambience. The light patterns team up with the six different colors of the interior’s Ambient lights, along with the Ambient highlights, which enhance the lounge like feeling. Nasal adulation can be had from BMW’s Ambient Air package, with eight different interior fragrances to choose from.
Ingress and egress is glorified with the new Welcome Light Carpet, which illuminate collateral areas of the car with white-light patterns. Jeweling up the front end is BMW’s next generation headlight technology – BMW Laserlight, which improve visibility and light distribution considerably. Compared to a regular LED high beam, the beam range for Laserlight doubles from 300 meters to 600 meters. A Curvelight feature illuminates the corners, while the selective beam function doesn’t dazzle oncoming traffic.
The large kidney grille also hides a few tricks up its sleeve. There are additional flaps with chrome bars which open or close to increase the drag coefficient. Using an all-new Carbon Core construction, as a part of BMW’s Efficient Lightweight strategy, which uses an extensive amount of CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic) in the passenger cell and aluminum in the chassis, the new 7 Series will weigh 130 Kg less than the previous generation.
The new 7 Series is also equipped with the latest driver assistance functions by BMW Connected Drive, which include the lane keeping assist, with the active side collision protection, for improved safety. Then there’s the traffic jam assistant, along with the steering and lane control assistant, which automatically keeps the car in the lane for speed up to 210 km/hr.
The Executive Drive Pro package includes Active chassis components to keep the car balanced. In curves, the car stays almost horizontal, and longitudinal body movement can be minimized. A standard two-axle air suspension automatically adjusts body height – with a lower ride in sport mode, Dynamic Damper Control, while for the first time, it will combine four-wheel steering (BMW calls it Integral Active Steering or “X Steer”) with four-wheel drive (on models fitted with the xDrive system).
The new 7-Series will be offered in the following models: the 750i xDrive with a reworked 445 hp 4.4-liter turbocharged petrol V8 engine, and the 740i with a 320 hp 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six cylinder petrol engine – both equipped with 8-speed automatic transmissions.
In early 2016, BMW will add the 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid pairing a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine to an electric motor and an 8-speed automatic that is said to be able to run on battery power alone for up to 37km at speeds of up to 121 km/h.
In Europe, the new 7-Series will launch in October with two petrol engines – a 322 hp 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six cylinder unit in the 740i and 740Li, and a 444 hp 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 unit in the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive, along with one diesel engine, the 261 hp 3.0-liter six cylinder unit in the 730d/Ld models.
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