The BMW 7 series is the flagship luxury saloon the brand offers. It has been a solid option for a full size luxury sedan while offering a spirited driving. However, the current generation flagship variant found it difficult to roll off the showroom specially when it shared it major look with the other line up. It’s not a good situation when brand’s flagship is easily mistaken for a lesser model. BMW has sought to rectify the issue with mid cycle for the 7 series.
Things have however taken a turn with the 2020 variant of the 7 series with the new face which is dominated by a massive grille upfront. The grille is 40 percent bigger than the existing 7 series design. The new grille is flanked by slimmer headlights on either end that offers a laser option, as well as a revised front fascia with more pronounced hood. The rear also gets a refreshed look with taillights featuring LED strip running across the trunk length, and joining the two clusters.
The interior of the new 7 series is also updated with better list of materials used in the works. The layout remains to be more or less similar to the existing models, however the trim quality and refinement has substantially bettered than the existing model. The 2020 variant gets an 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster along with a 10.25 inch screen which serves as the infotainment hub along with additional screens that can be added for rear seat passengers. Lis of features include adjustable dampers, air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, Harman-Kardon audio, wireless charging, Wi-Fi, and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Electronic driving aids like front collision warning with automatic braking, blind spot and cross traffic warning, and parking assist with a 360 degree camera comes standard as a part of 2020 BMW 7 series kit.
The 2020 7 series will be offered with hosts of powertrain configurations. Starting with a 3.0 litre turbocharged inline 6, which produces 335 horsepower and 447 Nm of torque which is offered in entry level model, 740i. Followed by 745e iPerformance plug in hybrid with inline six and electric motor combo return 389 hp of power and 599 Nm of torque. Upping the power and torque figures is 750i with a 4.4 litre, twin turbo V 8, which produces 523 hp of power and 749 Nm of torque. However, sitting on top of the food chain is M760i, with a 6.0 litre, twin turbo, V 12 which produces 600 hp of power and staggering 850 Nm of torque.
The 2020 7 Series will reach our shores towards the last quarter of 2020 and will go up against the likes of Mercedes S Class, Audi A8 and Lexus LS. Expect an ex showroom cost starting from 1 crore. BMW is gearing to launch 12 new models in India.