BMW reveals updated 7-Series

Subtle new look to go with new engine choices
May 27, 2012
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BMW has updated its flagship luxury sedan, the 7-Series, giving it a midlife refresh that goes way beyond the usual aesthetic nip-and-tuck expected of a model that has been around since 2008.

Leading the updates are the new engine choices in the in-line-six powering the 740i and the V8 in the 750i. Like these two new engines, the six-cylinder diesel powerplants in the 730d and 740d offer increased power output while simultaneously lowering fuel consumption. A completely new offering in the 7-Series lineup is the 750d xDrive that's powered by BMW's new TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel mill that, the German carmaker claims, is "the world’s most powerful diesel engine of its kind." Rounding out the range is the second-generation BMW ActiveHybrid 7 with a new six-cylinder engine that boasts significantly reduced emissions. Besides these new engines, continuing to soldier on for the 7-Series are the V12 engine in the 760i and the straight-six for the 730i.

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Together with the intelligent eight-speed automatic transmission, helping to keep the 7-Series's fuel economy in check are its auto start/stop function, brake energy regeneration and the second-generation driving experience control switch with Eco Pro mode and coasting function.

Exterior changes to the updated 7-Series are the new LED headlights with BMW's signature corona rings and a smart accent strip to give it a distinctive appearance at night. Even its iconic kidney grille has been updated with nine slats replacing the previous 12, while the revised front apron gives it a more sporty appearance and sets the new model apart from its predecessor. Completing the exterior changes are the turn signal indicators integrated into the lower section of the side mirrors and a thin chrome strip that connects the two slim reflectors in the rear apron.

Inside, the driver and the front passenger sit on newly-designed leather seats that offer optimum lateral support. A new multifunctional instrument display that makes use of extended black-panel technology opens up a whole new range of display options through the 10.25-inch screen. The instruments are now presented using different colors and graphics depending on the driving mode selected, and provide situation-specific information such as status and function displays. The control display in the center of the instrument panel also benefited from visual and technical improvements, and now uses high-resolution 3D graphics.

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