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The BMW 7 Series is in seventh place. The new generation of the sedan was unveiled by the German manufacturer on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. For the occasion, the new 7 Series is revolutionizing its design. It’s also the revolution aboard the cockpit, literally lined with screens. Under the hood, the rechargeable hybrid is always present. But this 7 Series is available in an electric version called i7, to which we dedicate an entire article.

In terms of design, this new BMW 7 Series is amazing. The luxury sedan takes on a two-tone look. The demarcation between the two colors is made at the level of the bell and the doors. The front face has been completely redesigned. Its monolithic style is marked by a huge double-grille illuminated grille, an empty bumper for angled air intakes, as well as narrow LED daytime running lights that protrude from the headlights.

A longer, wider and taller 7 Series

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According to BMW, the 7 Series has been lengthened by 13 centimeters and has been extended by 4.8 centimeters compared to the previous generation. Therefore, the car is 5.25 meters long, 1.95 meters wide and 1.51 meters high, as its height has risen 5.1 centimeters.

The wheelbase of the sedan has been revised upwards

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Compared to the previous version of long wheelbase, the wheelbase of this new model is extended by five millimeters to 3,215 meters. “This offers exceptional space in the back of the car,” says BMW. Viewed from behind, the new 7 Series also features a sporty side with narrow LED lights with four exhaust outlets in the M760e xDrive version. The high-end sedan can be configured with automatic opening and closing doors.

A cabin lined with partitions

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Inside its luxurious cabin, the new BMW 7 Series inherits the dual BMW Curved Display, which consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a 14.9-inch center touch screen. The dashboard has a light bar called the BMW Interaction Bar, which in turn includes decorative elements and shortcuts to certain functions, such as four-zone climate control.

A rolling movie theater

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For the rest, the interior of this new 7 Series is packed with high-end amenities, such as a standard panoramic glass ceiling available, or the optional Sky Lounge panoramic ceiling with LED lights. At the back, the famous 31.3-inch BMW theater screen can be unfolded from the ceiling to stream 8K content to passengers. This system incorporates the Amazon Fire TV to transform the cabin into a real cinema on wheels. Finally, the steering wheel has buttons with haptic feedback, and the interior of the rear doors is even equipped with a small screen with which passengers can interact to control certain functions, such as air conditioning there as well.

Hybrid or nothing in the engine register

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Under the hood of this seventh-generation 7 Series, BMW has remarkably installed a plug-in hybrid engine called the 750e xDrive. It consists of a 3.0 six-cylinder inline 3-cylinder petrol engine with 40 Nm of torque, and an electric motor of 200 hp with 280 Nm of torque. The total accumulated power reaches 490 hp for 700 Nm of torque, which allows the sedan to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km / h. A battery allows the car to travel 80 kilometers in electric mode according to the WLTP approval cycle.

Diesel is no exception, as BMW offers its customers a 7 Series 740d xDrive. Also equipped with the traditional inline six-cylinder, this 286 hp 3.0 TwinPower Turbo block with 650 Nm of torque is paired with a lightweight hybridization system consisting of a 12 hp and 200 Nm torque electric motor. The total accumulated power is 300 hp for 670 Nm of torque, which allows the Series 7 diesel to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.3 seconds and reach the electronically limited top speed of 250 km / h.

The sport version shoots from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.3 seconds

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Performance enthusiasts will not be left out, as BMW has planned to market a plug-in hybrid sports variant called the M760e xDrive. The inline six-cylinder 3.0 petrol engine develops 380 hp for 520 Nm of torque here, and is paired with the same 200 hp and 280 Nm of torque electric unit as the 750e xDrive version. Except that the total accumulated power reaches 571 hp for 800 Nm of torque, which allows the 7 Series to reach 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.3 seconds. The electrical range is between 80 and 84 kilometers depending on the WLTP approval cycle.

Level 3 autonomous driving is offered

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With sensors, this new BMW 7 Series offers a level 3 autonomous driving system, which works both when going out on the road and during parking maneuvers. The sedan includes a frontal collision warning and a rear parking assistant. As an option, BMW announces the possibility of opting for a lane-keeping assistant, speed-limiting automatic assistant, traffic light recognition or even active lane-changing assistant.

The new BMW 7 Series will go on sale after the launch of the BMW i7 scheduled for November 2022. The diesel model will hit the market “shortly after launch”, while the plug-in hybrid version will be available “earlier this year 2023. ”The price of this new version of the luxury sedan is still unknown at the time of writing.

To sum up

The BMW 7 Series is renewed! The propeller brand has introduced the seventh generation of its high-end sedan. On the outside, it adopts a futuristic, even monolithic design, with a front equipped with a large grille. The cockpit is the most surprising, with this screen-lined cabin and this authentic cinema on wheels installed in the rear. In addition to an electric motor, the 7 Series is offered with plug-in hybrid and hybrid motors with powers ranging from 300 to 531 hp. The new 7 Series will go on sale in November 2022.

Quentin Gueroult

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