Upgrades for BMW 7

Series

BMW 7 Series, 2019, front, action
BMW 7 Series, 2019, front
BMW 7 Series, 2019, side
BMW 7 Series, 2019, rear
BMW 7 Series, 2019, interior
BMW 7 Series, 2019, phone charging pad
BMW 7 Series, 2019, interior, rear
BMW 7 Series, 2019, rear lamps
BMW 7 Series, 2019, Touch Command unit

A NEW-look BMW 7 Series will be on the road in the next few months, priced from £69,430 and featuring the Bavarian car maker's latest engines and technology.

With the range costing from some £2,000 more than before, the new line up will top out at £138,985 for a 6.6-litre V12 M760Li xDrive model with 585hp on tap.

There will be new V8 and six cylinder inline engines as well as a plug-in hybrid model now capable of travelling up to 36 miles purely on electricity.

Entry level versions will be powered by a 3.0-litre straight six engines developing 265hp in the 730d and 320hp in the 740d which are said to be good for up to 44.1mpg with emissions of 138g/km.

Performance figures range from 0 to 60 in 6.1 seconds for the 730d to 3.8 seconds for the V12 flagship.

The new model is almost an inch longer than before and comes with a striking grille design which includes an active air flap control with vanes that open only when needed.

At the rear, the tail lights are more than an inch slimmer than on the outgoing car while other new features include a slim light strip sited below the chrome bar, which extends across the width of the boot.

Interior changes see the phone housing moved from under the centre console armrest to the front of the cupholders under the dashboard.

Rear seat entertainment now comprises two 10-inch full-HD displays complete with a Blu-ray player which allows users to access the entertainment, navigation and online functions of the vehicle from the rear seats.

The viewing angle of the screens, which now have touchscreen functionality, can be adjusted as required.

The new 7 Series also includes the latest version of the BMW Touch Command unit - a removable tablet with a seven-inch screen that can be used from any seat and even outside the vehicle.

It lets the occupants operate comfort functions such as seat adjustment, interior lighting and climate control, as well as the infotainment, navigation and communication systems and can be used to play external audio and video files.

BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive is fitted as standard on the V12 and V8 petrol models and the most powerful diesels, while it is available as an option for the BMW 730d.

All have eight-speed automatic transmissions while the plug-in hybrid is now available with a Steptronic Sport transmission offering quicker gear changes and the benefit of shift paddles on the steering wheel.

The new 7 Series will be on sale from April 13 with deliveries commencing shortly afterwards.

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