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2019-01-17 08:30

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The world premiere for the updated BMW 7 Series has happened and the flagship shows off new exterior design including an imposing signature kidney grille. 

The new appearance is thanks to a 50mm taller front end. New kidney grille with single-piece surround and surface area around 40% larger. Slimmer headlight units, optionally with the Laserlight function and outer air intakes now with large, painted plates and eye-catching chrome trim strips.

Vertical Air Breathers in the front side panels bring extra precision, clarity and solidity to the car’s flanks. Side trim strips now extend into the rear apron.

Extensively re-designed rear end. Rear apron contours adopt the design language of the front air intake trim. Integral exhaust tailpipes with larger chrome surrounds. New, three-dimensional and 35mm slimmer rear lights with red/black surfacing. Sharply defined, very slim light strip (six mm wide) below the chrome bar between the rear lights.

Expanded portfolio of exterior paint finishes and light-alloy wheels; Design Pure Excellence for the exterior and interior and M Sport package provide scope for individualisation. Extended BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line now available.

Stylish sophistication for the interior. Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery with extended quilting, new fine wood interior trim strips and Ambient highlight in smoked-glass look create harmoniously crafted luxury ambience. Leather steering wheel with optimised arrangement of multi-function buttons. Re-positioned tray for wireless charging of mobile phones. BMW Touch Command with upgraded hardware and software. Rear-seat entertainment system with full-HD touchscreen display.

Enhanced acoustic properties optimise long-distance travelling comfort: improved soundproofing around the rear wheel arches, B-pillars and seatbelt outlet covers in the rear, and for the side windows and rear window (acoustic glass).

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Updated line-up of engines

All variants meet the Euro 6d-TEMP exhaust standard and the new V8 engine, maximum output raised by 60kW to 390kW for the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive. Also available are three diesel engines with up to four turbochargers and outputs ranging from 195kW to 294kW.

The updated 7 will be available in SA from the second quarter of 2019 (long wheel base derivatives only; 745Le, 750Li xDrive, M760Li xDrive & 730Ld).

Plug-in hybrid variants of the new 7 Series now with specially adapted six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and upgraded high-voltage battery. System output in SPORT mode raised to a maximum 290kW. Electric range increased to 50 – 58km.


Sophisticated chassis technology delivers exceptional balance between luxurious ride comfort and the dynamic flair for which BMW is renowned. Adaptive suspension and two-axle air suspension fitted as standard. Integral Active Steering and Executive Drive Pro with active roll stabilisation (not available for plug-in hybrid models) available as options. M760Li xDrive and plug-in hybrid variants with model-specific chassis tuning.

Further progress towards automated driving. Exceptionally wide range of driver assistance systems. Driving Assistant Professional with Steering and lane control assistant. Standard-fitted Parking Assistant now also includes Reversing Assistant.

Standard Live Cockpit Professional with Navigation system, fully digital, 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Control Display with consistent, modern graphics. New BMW Operating System 7.0 enables extremely fast access to settings and functions, customisable displays and multi-modal operation via touchscreen display, iDrive Controller, steering wheel buttons, voice control and gesture control.

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant acts as a digital co-driver and expert on the car. Controlled by natural voice commands. Vitality and relaxation programmes plus three Experience Modes with need-based compositions of lighting, aircon, fragrancing, seat massage, shading, seat heating and seat ventilation. Integration of Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business. Remote Software Upgrades for updating vehicle functions over the air. 

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