BMWs flagship luxury sedan, the new 7 Series has been launched with fresh cosmetic and feature upgrades. The 745Le xDrive and the M760Li xDrive are sold as CBU, while the 730Ld and the 740Li are locally produced at the BMW Group Plant in Chennai. This time around, the 7 Series is also available in a plug-in hybrid option, the 745Le xDrive variant.
What’s good about it?
It’s a flagship car that we are talking about and undoubtedly, the BMW 7 Series barely misses out on any essential features in its segment. The car is loaded with BMW ConnectedDrive technologies which include Gesture Control, Display Key, Wireless Charging, Wireless Apple CarPlay, and optional BMW head-up display. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional runs on the latest BMW 7.0 operating system which includes 3D Navigation, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch control display.
What’s not so good?
The oversized kidney grille has evoked mixed reactions among car enthusiasts. However, looks are subjective and we really aren’t complaining here.
The best variant to buy?
The 745Le xDrive plug-in hybrid variant proves to be a good choice. The petrol engine combined with the electrical boost of the hybrid system delivers a total of 384bhp and a maximum torque of 600Nm. The vehicle claims to deliver an excellent fuel-efficiency of up to 39.5kmpl. As for the adventurous type, you have a V12 engine option in the top-spec M760Li xDrive.
3.0-litre - 262bhp at 4000rpm and 620Nm at 2000rpm
3.0-litre - 322bhp at 5500rpm and 450Nm at 1380rpm
6.6-litre V12 - 600bhp and 5400rpm and 850Nm at 1550rpm
3.0-litre petrol with an electric motor
Combined power output - 384bhp and 600Nm
Did you know?
For the first time in India, the new BMW 7 Series is available in a plug-in-hybrid option - the BMW 745Le xDrive - which combines benefits of an electric motor and a petrol engine.