2015 BMW 7 Series revealed – pictures, on-sale date as well as also engine information
Source : 2015 BMW 7 Series revealed – pictures, on-sale date as well as also engine information
BMW’s sixth-generation 7 Series saloon has been revealed, as well as also will be the cleanest as well as also most luxurious yet
The 2015 BMW 7 Series has renewed the brand’s assault on the luxury class.
Set to go on sale from the UK on 24 October, the upmarket saloon has been comprehensively re-engineered in a move in which sees in which shed up to 130kg over its predecessor through the adoption of a brand-new hybrid construction process in which uses varying forms of carbonfibre in load-bearing areas of its Centeng structure.
Further developments include newly developed in-line six-cylinder petrol as well as also diesel engines as well as also a plug-in hybrid product with an electric range of up to 25 miles. The 7 Series also gets a heavily reworked chassis in which combines four-wheel steering with four-wheel drive for once, a remote parking system in which allows you to step out of the vehicle before in which parks itself as well as also a series of brand-new iDrive control functions, including both touch as well as also gesture controls in which allow the driver to deliver commands having a wave of the hand.
The brand-new 7 Series, codenamed G11 (short wheelbase) as well as also G12 (long wheelbase), maintains the visual identity of the previous-generation product. The traditional three-box silhouette is actually retained, albeit having a slightly more raked rear window as well as also a more heavily sloping boot lid in which serve to provide in which having a sleeker profile.
Among the detail alterations are a more prominent kidney grille with flaps in which open to improve airflow to the engine bay when required, larger LED headlights (with optional laser high beams coming from the i8), a more heavily structured front bumper with integral LED foglights as well as also a more heavily contoured bonnet.
Along the flanks there is actually currently a more pronounced shoulder, a taller glasshouse as well as also a chrome highlight in which runs coming from the air breather behind the front wheel arches as well as also along the lower edges of the doors. The rear is actually distinguished by a high-set boot, traditional L-shaped tail-lights joined by a chrome strip as well as also tail pipes set within the rear valance panel.
BMW has also developed four different styling packages for the brand-new car: standard, M Sport, Pure Excellence as well as also Individual.
At 5098mm in length, 1902mm in width as well as also 1478mm in height, the brand-new 7 Series is actually 19mm longer as well as also 7mm higher than its predecessor in standard wheelbase guise, although in which is actually the same width as before. The long-wheelbase variant gains an added 139mm in length, generating in which 18mm longer than the vehicle in which replaces, at 5238mm.
Both the standard as well as also long-wheelbase variants share the same wheelbase measurements as the old 7 Series products, at 3070mm as well as also 3210mm respectively. The front track has increased by 7mm in width at 1618mm, while the rear track is actually reduced by 4mm at 1646mm.
As with the outside, the Indoor receives an evolutionary design update having a newly designed dashboard, controls as well as also trims. Among the highlights are brand-new digital instrument graphics in which light up in either white, blue or red depending on the driving mode, a redesigned multi-function steering wheel as well as also brand-new front seats with ventilation as well as also massage functions.
A long list of Indoor options includes items such as a heat comfort package which not only includes the seats as well as also steering wheel yet also the armrests from the doors, centre console as well as also rear centre armrest. There is actually also a high-end Bowers as well as also Wilkins surround-sound system, night vision, a glass roof in which can be switched between six colours, inductive mobile phone charging as well as also a head-up display featuring a 75% larger screen than before.
The big news is actually the appearance of a fifth-generation iDrive system. The significantly reworked set-up introduces brand-new touchpad as well as also touchscreen functions as part of an optional Navigation System Professional, allowing you to operate the various functions in a similar style to in which of a smart phone with familiar pinch, point as well as also swipe commands, or alternatively in a traditional manner via an updated rotary dial mounted on the vehicle’s broad centre console.
There’s also optional gesture control for once. in which uses a three-dimensional sensor mounted within the headlining to detect hand movements in which are used to control functions including the volume of the audio system as well as the acceptance or rejection of calls. The brand-new system detects several different gestures, including clamp, point, rotate, swipe as well as also a two-finger command.
BMW’s brand-new 7 Series will be launched with the choice of just two engines from the UK, both mated to a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox in which uses a longer final drive ratio as well as also a shift strategy in which operates in conjunction with the satellite navigation system. Buyers can choose a Steptronic variant of the ZF-produced gearbox with shift paddles on the steering wheel as an option. in which uses its own unique software mapping for sportier shifts as well as also an integral launch control function.
The expected volume seller from the UK is actually the 730d, which receives BMW’s brand-new B57 engine. The turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit uses a brand-new injector system in which operates at 2500bar. in which develops 7bhp as well as also 45lb ft more than the N57-designated engine in which replaces, with 261bhp as well as also 457lb ft.
This particular is actually sufficient to provide the only diesel-powered product from the initial line-up having a 0-62mph time of 5.8sec as well as also a 155mph top speed. BMW claims in which in which also brings an impressive 12.4mpg improvement in fuel consumption, at 62.8mpg, as well as also a 29g/km reduction in CO2 emissions, at 119g/km.
The petrol engine is actually a brand-new turbocharged 3.0-litre in line six-cylinder, the B58, which powers the 740Li. With 321bhp as well as also 332lb ft, in which delivers 6bhp as well as also the same torque as the older N55 unit, endowing in which having a 0-62mph time of 5.5sec as well as also 155mph top speed along with combined fuel consumption of 42.8mpg as well as also 154g/km of CO2.
from the first half of 2016, BMW will also provide the 7 Series having a plug-in hybrid petrol-electric system in a brand-new 740e product. Already employed from the X5 xDrive40e, in which uses BMW’s brand-new B48 turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as well as also an electric motor mounted within the gearbox to provide a combined output of 321bhp, 0-62mph in 5.6sec as well as also a 149mph top speed in hybrid mode.
In electric mode, in which is actually claimed to provide a zero-emission range of up to 25 miles at speeds of up to 75mph. The brand-new 740e is actually rated at 134.5mpg, with average CO2 emissions of just 49g/km.
The twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol unit will appear next year from the 750i Xdrive. The 90deg engine delivers 444bhp yet, through a series of upgrades in which include brand-new twin-scroll turbochargers as well as also a higher 10.5:1 compression ratio, in which currently provides an added 37lb ft of torque at 479lb ft. This particular gives the range-topping 7 Series a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec, a 155mph top speed, combined fuel consumption of 34.9mpg as well as also CO2 emissions of 189g/km. A twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 twin turbo is actually also set to join the 7 Series range later in its life. The V8 as well as also the V12 are also set to be used by Rolls-Royce.
To further boost the product’s presence from the luxury performance market, BMW is actually looking at creating a brand-new M7 or M750i M Performance product, likely to receive a heavily tuned product of the M5’s twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 producing more than 600bhp.
All engines come as standard with an enhanced Drive Experience Control function, allowing the driver to choose between Comfort, Sport, Eco-Pro as well as also a brand-new adaptive mode in which monitors your driving as well as also automatically adjusts the vehicle to suit. As in various other recent brand-new BMWs, the brake energy regeneration as well as also automatic start-stop systems are complemented by a fuel-saving coasting function which decouples the engine on a periods of trailing throttle at speeds between 31 as well as also 100mph.
All versions come with rear-wheel drive as standard. However, the optional four-wheel drive adds 70kg to the kerb weight.
The brand-new 7 Series rides on a heavily reworked suspension system. in which adopts air springs front as well as also rear, rather than just at the rear as previously, providing constantly variable damping control, automatic self-levelling as well as also the ability to alter the nominal 135mm ride height on the go. The driver can raise ground clearance by 20mm at the press of a button at speeds below 22mph, while in Sport mode the ride height is actually automatically reduced by 10mm at certain speeds for enhanced aerodynamic efficiency.
The brand-new car also comes with optional electro-hydraulically operated roll bars as part of the Executive Drive Pro function on all yet the 740i as well as also 740e. They replace the previous hydraulically operated roll bars, bringing what BMW describes as faster damper reaction times for enhanced ride comfort, a more progressive build-up of lean as well as also reduced levels of Centeng roll.
As part of BMW’s weight-saving efforts, the wheel carriers, brake caliper housings, brake disc carriers as well as also rear transverse suspension arms are all made of aluminium. Altogether some 40kg has been saved over the old 7 Series, bringing an impressive 10kg reduction in un-sprung mass at each corner. BMW also claims a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, while the efforts to trim weight within the Centeng structure have also reduced the centre of gravity.
Allied to the brand-new suspension is actually a brand-new electro-mechanical steering system. The brand-new 7 Series also offers an optional rear-wheel steer function on both rear as well as also four-wheel-drive products. in which provides up to 3deg of countersteer for added manoeuvrability around town, or alternatively 2deg of parallel steer for greater agility on the open road.
In what BMW is actually billing as a world first, the brand-new 7 Series is actually capable of parking itself without the need for a driver to be behind the steering wheel. The so-called Remote Control Parking function uses a stereo camera mounted within the windscreen as well as also radar sensors to allow forwards as well as also reverse parking manoeuvres at the press of a button on the brand-new digital key fob.
The 7 Series will cost coming from £64,530 from the UK for the 730d in short-wheelbase form as well as also in standard trim. The petrol range starts at £72,060. Upgrading to M Sport trim puts £3650 onto the cost, while long-wheelbase products add £3950 as well as also xDrive products are £2730 more expensive.
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