BMW India has given reason to its fans for remembering 2023's Joytown event by launching the much-awaited BMW 740i M Sport and the BMW i7xDrive60 in Mumbai. The German automaker has introduced cars in electric and petrol modes and will reportedly release diesel versions afterward in India. The BMW i7 xDrive60 electric vehicle is offered as a fully built-up unit (CBU), and the BMW 740iM Sport is produced locally at the company's Chennai facility. These BMW models cost Rs.1.95 crore (ex-showroom) and Rs. 1.70 crore (ex-showroom), respectively, and their deliveries in India will commence in March this year.
The 7 Series is offered in international markets with a wide range of powertrain choices, including mild hybrid petrol, diesel engines, and even plug-in-hybrid petrol but BMW currently renders only one petrol engine option in India. The luxury limousine is powered by a 3.0-litre inline-six-cylinder engine that produces 375bhp and 520Nm. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and claims to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds. The new 7 Series boasts a top speed of 250 km/h.
Two electric motors power the all-electric BMW i7 xDrive60 variant, which comes with a 101.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. The engine produces 536bhp and 745Nm, reaching 100km/h in 4.5 seconds. Up to 11kW on an AC system and up to 195kW on a DC system can be used to charge the electric 7 series. The latter is said to take 34 minutes to fully charge the i7's batteries from 10% to 80%. It can travel up to 625 kilometres on a single charge.
Exterior & Interior
The BMW i7 shares the same aesthetic cues as the ICE 7 Series, clearly notable in the bigger kidney grille lighted surrounds as well as sharper and smaller two-element crystal LED headlights. It gets a long bonnet, an upright face, and sharper lines, which makes it look bold in terms of appearance. While the 7 Series gets an M Sport design, the i7 gets the blue highlights. With darkened external accents, BMW gives a selection of wheel sizes on the "7" series, ranging from 20-inch alloys to 21-inch M Sport wheels.
The front end of the 7 Series has been entirely redesigned, and it now features split LED headlights and illuminated lighting that encircles the big kidney grille. The traditional door handles have been replaced with flat door handles that have an integrated touchpad and an electronic mechanism. Additionally, it now comes with standard 19-inch wheels with the option to upgrade to 22-inch wheels. The 7 Series's rear has also seen minor revisions, including a reprofiled bumper, and horizontal LED taillights.
The 2023 BMW i7 electric sedan's interior, includes BMW's Live Cockpit Plus and the brand-new iDrive 8 user interfaces, which are identical to that of the 7 Series. It has a 14.9-inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, both of which boast curved displays. The 31.3-inch 8K theatre screen that can be installed between the front two seats is a major addition to the back. Additionally, each passenger has access to two 5.5-inch tables installed inside the door panels. The optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system is also present.
The interior of the new BMW 7 Series has been updated as it now sports the curved infotainment screen. A 14.9-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster are running the iDrive 8 software. A control panel containing a gear selector, a conventional rotary iDrive controller, and various touch-sensitive controls are located between the front seats.
The facelifted Audi A8 L, the Lexus LS500h, and the Mercedes Benz S-class are some of the models that will lock horns with the BMW 7 Series. However, the all-electric 2023 BMW i7 will compete with models like the Mercedes-Benz EQS 580, the Porsche Taycan, the Audi e-tron GT, and more.
Looking to buy the new BMW models? If yes, then have a look at their prices in India.
|BMW 740i M Sport||Rs 1.70 crore|
|BMW i7 xDrive60||Rs 1.95 crore|