BMW’s flagship 7-Series sails into Geneva

GENEVA: The next-generation 7-Series made its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show along with a greatly expanded lineup of hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

BMW said it is enhancing its position as a luxury brand by introducing the 7-Series featuring a more aggressive design, more advanced powertrains and leading edge connectivity.

In terms of design, the 7-Series like the new X7 SUV is taller, in this case 50 mm higher and it can’t be missed with a 40 per cent larger signature kidney grille.

Inside, optional quilted Nappa leather seating leads to a instrument cluster and Control Display that comes with the software featuring the BMW Operating System 7.0 including a BMW Touch Command control unit for the rear.

The interior of the BMW 7-Series features optional quilted Nappa leather seating leads to a instrument cluster and Control Display that comes with the software along with the BMW Operating System 7.0 including a BMW Touch Command control unit for the rear. – Jim Robinson/Metroland

The 12-cylinder engine version is now fitted with a particulate filter while there is a new V8 as well as three diesel inline six-cylinders.

Along with the new 7-Series, second generation plug-in hybrid versions of the 7-Series, X5 SUV and 3-Series sedans made their appearance in Geneva.

All three are powered by a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and electric motor for a combined output of 394 hp.

Battery output for all-electric range has been increased from 54 to 58 km for the BMW 745e, from 52 to 55 km for the BMW 745Le and from 50 to 54 km for the BMW 745Le xDrive.

Fuel consumption is rated at 2.6/2.1/L/100 km city/highway and electric usage of 16.3/15.1 kWh city/highway

The new X5 xDrive45e PHEV uses the same 395 hp inline six-cylinder engine and electric motor for a provisional 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.6 seconds.

All-electric range is up to 80 km and, in terms of utility, cargo volume is 1,716 litres.

The 330e hybrid sedan with its four-cylinder engine/electric motor powertrain now produces a combined 252 hp which can be increase by 41 hp with the standard XtraBoost function for a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 6.0 seconds.

BMW said it sold more than 140,000 electrified vehicles last year and it aiming at 500,000 in 2019.