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The BMW 7 Series passes the seventh. The new generation of the sedan was unveiled by the German manufacturer on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. For the occasion, the new 7 Series revolutionizes its design. It is also the revolution on board the cabin, literally lined with screens. Under the bonnet, the rechargeable hybrid is always present. But this Series 7 is available in an electric version called the i7, for which we dedicate an entire article.

In terms of design, this new BMW 7 Series is surprising. The luxury sedan has a two-tone look. The boundary between the two colors is made level with the hood and on the doors. The front page has been completely redesigned. Its monolithic style is characterized by an enormously illuminated double-bean grill, a bumper hollowed out by angular air intakes, as well as narrow LED daytime running lights, which hang over the headlights.

A longer, wider and taller 7-series

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

The wheelbase of the sedan has been revised upwards

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Compared to the previous version with long wheelbase, the wheelbase of this new model has been extended by five millimeters to 3,215 meters. “This provides unique space in the rear of the car,” assures BMW. Seen from behind, the new 7 Series also shows a sporty side with narrow LED lights with four exhaust outlets on the M760e xDrive version. The upper sedan can be configured with automatic opening and closing of doors.

A cockpit lined with screens

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Inside its luxurious interior, the new BMW 7 Series inherits the BMW Curved Display dual screen, which consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch central touch screen. The dashboard has a light bar called the BMW Interaction Bar, which in turn contains decorative elements and shortcuts to certain functions, such as four-zone air conditioning.

A rolling cinema

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After all, the interior of this new 7 Series is full of top-of-the-range equipment, such as a panoramic glass roof available as standard, or the optional Sky Lounge panoramic roof with LED lights. On the back, the famous 31.3-inch BMW Theater Screen can be rolled out from the roof to broadcast 8K content to passengers. This system integrates 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 that passengers can interact with to control certain functions, such as the air conditioner there as well.

Hybrid or nothing in the engine register

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Under the bonnet of this seventh-generation 7-Series, BMW has in particular installed a plug-in hybrid engine called the 750e xDrive. This consists of a 3.0-row six-cylinder petrol engine of 310 hp for 40 Nm of torque and a 200 hp electric motor for 280 Nm of torque. The total cumulative power reaches 490 hp for a torque of 700 Nm, allowing the sedan to sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds and reach the maximum speed of 250 km / h. A battery allows the car to drive 80 kilometers in electric mode according to the WLTP homologation cycle.

Diesel is not left out, as BMW offers its customers a 7-Series 740d xDrive. Equipped with the traditional six-cylinder in-line, this 286bhp 3.0-inch Turbo Block with 286hp to 650 Nm of torque is connected to a lightweight hybridization system consisting of a 12hp electric motor for 200 Nm of torque. The total accumulated power is 300 hp for 670 Nm of torque, allowing the 7-Series 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 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 sporty plug-in hybrid variant called the M760e xDrive. The 3.0 six-cylinder in-line petrol engine develops 380 hp to 520 Nm of torque here, and it is connected to the same 200 hp to 280 Nm of torque as the 750e xDrive version. Except that the total cumulative power reaches 571 hp for 800 Nm of torque, allowing the 7 Series to achieve 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.3 seconds. The electrical range is between 80 and 84 kilometers depending on the WLTP homologation cycle.

Level 3 autonomous driving is offered

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Packed with sensors, this new BMW 7 Series offers a level 3 autonomous driving system, which works both when driving on the road and during parking maneuvers. The sedan comes with a collision warning at the front and a parking assistant at the rear. As an option, BMW announces the option of selecting a lane departure warning, automatic speed limit assist, light recognition or even active lane change assistant.

The new BMW 7 Series goes 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 “at the start of at the year 2023. ”The price of this new version of the luxury sedan is still unknown at the time of writing these lines.

Shortly said

BMW 7 Series gets a makeover! The propeller brand has unveiled the seventh generation of its top-of-the-range sedan. On the outside, it assumes a futuristic, even monolithic design with a front end fitted with a solid grille. It is the cabin that surprises the most, with this cockpit lined with canvases and this veritable cinema on wheels installed at the rear. In addition to an electric motor, the 7 Series is offered with hybrid and plug-in hybrid motors with power from 300 to 531 hp. The new 7 Series will start marketing from November 2022.

Quentin Gueroult

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