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All-new BMW 7-Series introduced, coming to India in 2016

Snapshot: BMW has officially taken the wraps off the much-awaited next generation 7-Series flagship model.

Following a massive leak earlier this week, the new range-topping Bavarian model is finally here and for most people it was worth the wait as it brings a massive 130 kg weight loss and a stylish evolutionary design making the new 7 look significantly more refined than its predecessor. It will be available as standard with LED headlights, but for more money there is also going to be an optional Laserlight technology.

Packing a significant amount of chrome trim, the new 7-Series (G11 standard wheelbase / G12 long wheelbase) will come with standard LED fog lights, vented front fenders and a generous choice of alloy wheels in sizes from 17 to 21 inches. Opt for the LWB model and it has a 14 cm (5.5 inches) longer wheelbase and can be ordered with an optional Executive Lounge package bringing ventilated and powered massaged rear seats and a four-zone automatic climate control system.

As far as the interior is concerned, it hosts BMW’s first ever touchscreen-operated iDrive which also has support for gesture control while a choice of Nappa or Dakota leather upholsteries is available along with aluminum and wood accents. We should also mention the touch-sensitive controls, metallic switchgear and the optional Executive Lounge rear console encompassing a fold-out table, seven-inch Touch Command tablet and cup holders.

The BMW 7-Series G12 also benefits from a Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof while all versions can be equipped at an additional cost with a Bower & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system as well as an Ambient Air package that can not only ionize the air, but also release one of the eight available different aromas.

Moving on to engines, there is a six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbodiesel developing 265 bhp and 620 Nm of torque in the 730d, 730Ld, 730d xDrive and 730Ld xDrive models. It runs the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.8 seconds and can hit a top speed of 250 km/h.

A beefier six-cylinder 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is also available with 326 bhp and 450 Nm in the 740i and 740Li models where it enables the models to do the sprint in 5.5 seconds and reach the same maximum speed.

If this isn’t enough, upgrade to the larger V8 4.4-liter turbo gasoline motor rated at 450 bhp and 650 Nm in the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive. These two models will cover the 0-100 km/h task in 4.4 seconds and do 250 km/h.

A more frugal choice would have to be the 740e, 740Le, 740Le xDrive models which adopt a plug-in hybrid powertrain encompassing a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. With a 326 bhp combined output, the hybrid 7-Series reaches 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of more than 240 km/h. It will do 47.6 km/l and can run in electric mode for as much as 40 km during which it can hit a top speed of 120 km/h.

In India, the all-new BMW 7-Series is programmed to arrive sometime next year and will be locally assembled at the Chennai factory.

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