With BMW India all set to launch the facelifted 7-Series here on 25th July, we take a look at the changes that we can expect from the revised model.
The current BMW 7-Series went on sale in the 730Ld & 740Li variants, followed by the more powerful, V8-powered 750Li and the range-topping 760Li V12 versions joining the line-up later. However, in the long run, only the former two variants have survived. With the 2019 iteration, expect BMW to stick to the 730Ld, 740Li & the top-spec 760Li engine versions. While the former petrol and diesel powertrains will be 3.0-litre straight-six turbocharged units, which will be shared with its SUV sibling, the all-new X7, the 760Li could be launched in 'M' guise, with the signature TwinPower Turbo V12. While the 3.0-litre petrol motor churns out 335bhp and 450Nm of torque, the diesel unit will be good for 261bhp & 620Nm of torque. The V12, on the other hand, is tuned to produce 601bhp & 850Nm of torque.
Interestingly, BMW India might also take this opportunity to launch a hybrid version of the 7-Series. After the car's global debut in January 2019, the 745e & 745Le xDrive plug-in hybrids were announced the following month. For India, BMW might consider the latter, which is powered by a 282bhp, 3.0-litre six-cylinder BMW EfficientDynamics engine. The engine is supported by a new eDrive motor with a rated output of 111bhp and 265Nm of torque. Combined, the petrol-electric powertrain generates a total of 389bhp and max torque of 600Nm.
In terms of dimensions, the updated 7-Series is longer (by 22mm) and features the new, steroidal kidney grille. Apart from this, the car gets a raised front fascia, featuring new Adaptive LED headlight units & a restyled bumper. The NVH cabin insulation has also been enhanced, courtesy of thicker glass and thicker insulation materials used in the wheel arches. At the rear, noticeable changes include new & slimmer 3D OLED light units, along with wider flush-integrated exhaust tips with chrome surrounds.
Watch this space for all the latest updates on the BMW 7-Series facelift launch...