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The new BMW 7 Series will soon be in India

Last updated on: August 28, 2012 08:47 IST

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A
fter several spy shots and lot of speculation, BMW took the wraps off the facelifted 7 Series some time in May this year.

And with the time fast approaching that this car will head to Indian shores, we thought we'd preview it for you.

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The update to the 7 Series is fairly thorough, touching on everything from the looks, interiors and chassis right down to the powertrain options as well.

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One of the most significant changes is the new 8-speed automatic gearbox, which is now standard across the range.

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Courtesy this gearbox, the 7 Series is now up to 20 per cent more efficient than the outgoing model.

Mated to that gearbox are a variety of engine options.

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A 3.0-litre V6, 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 and a 6.0-litre V12 hold fort in the petrol category, while a new 375 bhp 3.0-litre tri-turbo diesel does duty in the 750d.

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That's the top-of-the-line diesel though, with two other, more sane, engine options available in the form of the 307 bhp 740d and the 253 bhp 730d.

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We're not sure about the 750Ld, but the 730Ld, 740Ld and the 730Li seem to be the most likely candidates to make it here.

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On the outside, changes are more evolutionary rather than revolutionary, so this car can still be easily recognised as a 7 Series, but subtle changes, like reducing the number of slats on the grille and the addition of chrome embellishments here and there make the car still look fresh.

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New active cornering LED headlamps on the top-level variant make sure you can see through the corner, even at night.

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Of course, being the flagship sedan of the BMW line-up, every surface within reach on the inside is covered with either leather, wood or soft-touch plastics.

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There's also a standard Bang and Olufsen audio system available to drown out the outside world, if need be.

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Of course, you don't refresh your flagship model without loading it up with the latest technology.

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The rear seat passengers now get their own iDrive controller to control everything from the music to the dynamics of the car.

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For the driver, there's a dynamics mode selector that has an EcoPro mode available, which aims to maximise the fuel efficiency of the car using various techniques like regenerative braking, coasting and active steering.

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In the wake of the Audi A8 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class, this Bavarian beast sure looks strong.

We can't wait to get our hands on it.



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