BMW India has started its New Year operations with the launch of its flagship sedans – the 7 Series and the i7. The ICE-powered 7 Series is priced at Rs. 1.70 crore ex-showroom while its electric derivative costs Rs 2.5 lakh.
The luxury sedan was launched on the 7th at the brand’s own Joytown Autofest in BKC, Mumbai.Th January’s 7th-gen 7 Series features the German automaker’s new split LED headlamp design as well as a massively illuminated kidney grille.
Both the cars are open for bookings through BMW dealerships with deliveries starting in March.
7 Series and i7: Exterior design
With split LED headlamps and a larger grille, the automaker has made the sedan look premium yet more radical. The futuristic styling elements give them an unmistakable street presence and are sure to turn heads on Indian roads.
Gloss black elements on the bumper flow to the sleek, vertical air vents positioned below the headlights. At the rear, two sleek, horizontal LED bars adorn the boot along with air vents located on the bumper. The side profile also features a new design for bright, flush-fitting door handles and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The only differences are the blue accents, the ‘i’ badge on its grille and the chrome exhaust tips found in the i7. The design is mostly the same with only a few aspects except the petrol and electric limos.
The rear seat is the highlight of the flagship Bimmers, loaded with an array of touchscreen units. BMW has equipped its luxury limousine with a roof-mounted, 31.3-inch, 8k cinema screen that tilts downwards to offer video streaming. This is done by integrating the screen with Amazon Fire TV to stream shows from various OTT platforms.
Not only that, both the rear door pads also get a 5.5-inch touchscreen to control the cinema screen, air-con, and other features. All limousine doors are power operated and come with soft closing while also supporting smartphone key operation.
The dashboard is adorned with a range of different textures and layers, notably the backlit crystal glass bar accents all around. The brand’s curved display with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch touchscreen uses the latest iDrive 8 software.
Powertrain options and other details
740i M Sport – In India, the 740i M Sport comes with a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder petrol engine that produces 380hp and 580NM of torque. The motor is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and propels the sedan from 0-100kph in a claimed 5.4 seconds.
The sedan also gets the latest version of BMW’s Integral Active Steering, which provides up to 3.5 degrees of steering angle to the rear wheels. Thanks to the xDrive AWD system, adaptive air suspension, and electronically controlled dampers, this sedan achieves a top speed of 250kph.
i7 xDrive60 – The BMW i7 has been launched in India in its top-spec xDrive 60 variant with two electric motors. A 101.7 kWh battery powers the motors producing a combined 536.4 bhp and 745 Nm of torque for a certified 625 km per charge.
At the event, Mr. Vikram Pawa, President, BMW Group India said, “The seventh generation BMW 7 Series marks a turning point. It is a symbol of ‘Forwardism’ that continues to challenge the masses, a unique quality. is what distinguishes those who shape the future. But one thing hasn’t changed – it’s still the benchmark for all things luxury. For the first time ever, the BMW i7 is a true all-electric luxury sedan that’s clearly But it shows how an exclusive driving experience can be combined with an unwavering commitment to sustainability.
The 7 Series will be locally manufactured at the BMW Group plant in Chennai while the i7 will be imported into India as a CBU.