BMW has announced pricing for its new luxury 7 Series ahead of its arrival in Australia next month.
To step into one of the all-new sixth-generation sedans, buyers will need at least $217,500 in their back pocket, plus on-road costs.
That amount will get you the entry-level and sole diesel option in the 730d variant, while the rest of the range is comprised of four petrol-powered models in both standard- and long-wheelbase.
From next month, buyers choosing the 730d will get a 3.0 litre straight six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine producing 195kW and 620Nm - up 5kW and 60Nm on the outgoing model.
The 730d can hit 100km/h from rest in 6.1 seconds, and fuel consumption is rated at 4.9 l/100km (down 0.7 l/100km).
Stepping up to the 740i and long-wheelbase 740Li brings a 3.0 litre turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engine making 240kW and 450Nm - which is also up 5kW on the model it replaces.
Likewise, fuel economy has improved by 0.9 l/100km for a new rating of 7.0 l/100km, while the 0-100km/h times are 5.5 seconds for the 740i and 0.1 second slower for the 740Li.
Joining the range from Q1 next year will be the 750i and 750Li models, which are powered by a 4.4 litre turbocharged V8 petrol engine producing 330kw and 650Nm.
Despite no change to the engine output from the outgoing model, BMW says the new 750 variants can hit 100km/h from rest in 4.7 seconds (a 0.1 second improvement), and fuel economy has dropped from 8.6 l/100km to 8.1 l/100km in the 750i and down to 8.3 l/100km in the 750Li.
BMW said previously that Australian-delivered 7 Series models will boast the highest specifications of any market in the world, and the all-new model brings $20,000 worth of extra equipment over the old model.
Some ‘world firsts’ are included in that list, including BMW’s Carbon Core construction which helps to reduce weight by around 130kg, along with a trio of firsts for the cabin.
BMW’s Gesture Control - which allows the driver to communicate with the car via hand movements - will be a key feature for the new 7 Series, along with Touch Command and the BMW Display Key.
Touch Command allows rear seat passengers to operate infotainment, comfort functions and browse the internet via a removable seven-inch tablet, while Display Key shows various information about the vehicle's status (time, remaining fuel level and more) and allows selected functions to be controlled via the integrated touch display.
Display Key has a range of 300 metres and is supplemented by a ‘regular’ key.
Otherwise, the interior is filled with the usual list of luxury appointments including leather-trimmed everything, a Harmon/Kardon surround sound audio system and a glass sunroof.
Safety features include Driving Assistant Plus, active park-distance control, reversing camera with parking assistant, a surround-view camera system with 3D mode and more.
“The all-new 7 Series not only introduces over 25 new technical innovations to world markets, but also offers elegant styling and luxurious appointments,” BMW Australia CEO, Marc Werner, said.
“But, most importantly, the 7 Series brings driving dynamics back to the luxury segment and delivers the engaging experience people expect and admire from BMW.”
For the 2016 model, BMW is offering the M Sport package as a no-cost option (previously $10,000) which includes the M aerodynamics package, M leather steering wheel, 20-inch double-spoke bi-colour wheels and BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, while the 750 models also get an upgraded exhaust.
The 2016 BMW 7 Series is available from November, and can be optioned with the BMW Service Inclusive package.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 BMW 7 SERIES
- 730d - $217,500
- 740i - $224,200
- 740Li - $238,000
- 750i - $289,600
- 750Li - $312,700
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