BMW India launched the all-new 2023 740i and i7 xDrive60 luxury saloons during the second instalment of its Joytown festival in Mumbai on January 7. The new generation of the 740i and i7 gets a completely redesigned exterior and interior and several mechanical upgrades. The two saloons are BMW’s first launch of 2023 and follow the recent launch of the XM flagship SUV in Delhi. Here is everything you need to know about the new 2023 BMW 740i and i7 EV.
The new 740i and i7 design:
The arrival of the new 7 series in international markets had sparked a row because of the extreme departure from its predecessor in design. While the silhouette is easily identifiable as a 740i, the luxury barge now gets an aggressive front end with a large kidney grill that has a subtle illumination and a split setup for the new LED headlamp and DRLs, that have Swarovski crystals embedded inside. The lower end of the front bumper is accentuated by a strong chrome strip and there are two sleek air vents on either sides.
On the side profile, the 5 dual-spoke aerodynamic design for the alloy wheels greets a viewer. However, this new design might get polarising views from different enthusiasts. Overall, the latest generation car is 131 mm longer than the earlier model. This time BMW has also added automatic open and door functionality in all four doors.
At the rear too, BMW has given a complete redesign to the flagship saloon. It now gets sharp design cues such as the shape for the LED tail lamps and a strong rear bumper design that houses two sets of dual exhaust tips. A strong crease cuts through the middle and brings continuity the entire rear end design.
While the design is largely the same between the 740i and the i7, there are slight differences such as the blue accents and the absence of chrome exhaust tips and other chrome elements in the electric version. The same variation is observed in the interiors as well.
Inside the cabin of the 740i and the i7, sits BMW’s latest generation of digital equipments and a drop down theatre screen. The driver gets the digital gauge setup and infotainment screen combined inside a single curved glass pane. Then there are the crystal glass interior accents that are illuminated and all black roof lining and plastics. At the rear, these saloons come with a massive 31.3-inch theater screen which buyers can enjoy as they stream content via the on-board WiFi. Integrated digital screens on the door handles can be used to toggle through different functions at the back.
The comfort levels are further elevated with the fully adjustable, 42.5 degree reclining seats that come at the back of these luxury cars. These seats offer adjustable headrests, thigh support, massage functions and a lot more in typical 7 series style. Then there is the panoramic sunroof that gets laser engraved patterns.
The ambience inside is amped up further by the cutting edge mood lighting that BMW has designed for the new 7 series range. One clear departure from the earlier generation is the use of angular and sharp design cues across the interior. It can be seen on the left side foot rest, behind the rear door handles and even on the rear quarter window.
In terms of driving and performance, the BMW 7 series platform gets an updated chassis and suspension set up. There is also the addition of a rear steering wheel system to enhance manoeuvrability. The 740i gets BMW’s turbocharged 3-litre, inline six engine combined with a 48V mild-hybrid system that puts out a combined power figure of 375 hp and 519 Nm of torque. This gives it a 0-100 kmph time of just 5.4 seconds.
BMW announced that another diesel engine option for the new 7 series will be launched at a later date.
The i7 on the other hand, gets a dual motor AWD setup that puts down a combined 544 hp and a 0-100 kmph time of 4.7 seconds. It also gets a 101.7 kWh battery pack that gives an claimed range of 625 km on a full charge. Additionally the i7 can support fast charge upto 195 kW, charging for up to 130 km range in just 10 minutes. This puts the i7 right against the Mercedes-Benz EQS that has been enjoying the position of the only super luxury EV in the country for some time now.
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The BMW 740i will be locally produced in India and has been launched at an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.7 crore. The electric avatar, i7 xDrive 60, will arrive into the country as a CBU and buyers will have to shell out a starting price of Rs 1.95 crore ex-showroom for the same.
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