BMW today launched the face lifted version of the 7 series in India. The diesel variant of the flagship saloon - 730Ld - will now be locally assembled at their plant in Chennai. Featuring mild visual tweaks to the exteriors and interiors, the latest version of the car now also features mechanical upgrades such as an 8-speed gearbox in place of the earlier 6-speed. While as a segment first, all versions of the car will come fitted with Adaptive full-LED headlights as standard. Also fitted as standard is a new GPS navigation system with comes with a built-in hard drive and a 25.9cm high resolution display system.
Power in the 730Ld is also up at 258bhp, while the car now accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 secs, on to a top speed of 250 km/h. On the safety front, the 7 is fitted with an Active Protection system which recognises collision risks and immediately tightens the seat belts, closes open windows, and the sunroof to minimise injury risk. Also available now is the Attention Assist which recognises if the driver is tired or fatigued, and issues a notification via the control display, suggesting the driver to take a break. It even helps the driver find suitable rest stops nearby.
The pricing of the 7 has also changed, and the new prices are as follows:
730Ld - 92.9 Lacs
740Li - 1.13 Crores
750Li - 1.29 Crores
760 Li - 1.73 crores
The petrol versions of the 7 will continue to be imported as CBU's and the new cars are expected to hit the showroom on the 1st of May.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “For seven decades, the flagship from BMW has stunned the world through highest level of style and contemporary luxury with maximum driving dynamics. It represents the best we have to offer. The new BMW 7 Series makes a compelling individual statement convincing you not only with its high-quality, exclusive character, but also with its functionality. It achieves something extraordinary: you enjoy being a passenger as much as a driver.”