New 2019 BMW 7 Series gets X7-inspired styling and more power
As part of efforts to improve the refinement levels of Munich’s flagship saloon, it adopts side glass that is 5.1mm thicker and new front wings improve airflow and reduce buffeting at speed. Changes to the sound-deadening material in the rear wheel arches have also been made.
Additional minor visual changes continue at the rear, which receives more heavily structured OLED tail-lights with new lens graphics. They are connected by a full-width LED light band that illuminates in combination with the daytime running lights. Also evident on the freshened 7 Series are wider chromed tailpipe trims integrated into a reworked bumper.
The interior features more subtle upgrades, including improvements to the materials and new connectivity functions. An updated Parking Assistant function now has a Reversing Assistant that’s able to back up the car by up to 50m along the course it drove in on.
The 2019-model-year 7-series continues with a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel powerplants as well a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain in combination with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive depending on the chosen model.
The petrol units include a 4.4-litre V8 producing 523bhp and 553lb ft in the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive. Above it is the M760Li xDrive powered by a BMW M fettled 6.6-litre V12 engine developing 577bhp and a stout 626lb ft. This is enough to provide the 2000kg range-topping 7-series model with a 0-62mph time of 4.1sec and 155mph top speed.
The three diesels all use the same 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine, but with differing turbocharging configurations and states of tune. With a single turbocharger, it develops 260bhp and 457lb ft in the 730d and 730Ld as well as the four-wheel drive 730d xDrive and 730Ld xDrive. With twin turbochargers, the output climbs to 316bhp and 501lb ft in the 740d xDrive and 740Ld xDrive.
The most powerful of the new 7-series diesels is the 750d xDrive and its long wheelbase silbling, the 750Ld xDrive. They use a quad turbocharged version of BMW’s six cylinder engine developing 393bhp and 560lb ft.
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