A mid-cycle refresh for BMW's present flagship sedan, the BMW 7 Sequence will come to India later this 12 months. Apart from design tweaks to the outside and adjustments within the cabin, BMW claims they've additionally made the brand new 7 Sequence extra comfy, extra silent and extra refined. The Bavarian firm says the automotive now rides higher, drives extra like a BMW and, in 750Li xDrive kind, has a extra highly effective 530hp engine beneath the hood. Nevertheless, the query arises: is it a lot better than the sooner automotive? Has BMW the goalposts moved ahead considerably?
WHAT IS IT?
First issues first – that vast grille. It’s even larger than the one on the X7 and it initially comes as a shock if you see it. Nevertheless, the extra you have a look at it, the much less outsized and misplaced it seems to be. BMW all however admits this has been executed to please Chinese language consumers who, at 41 p.c, are at present the largest consumers of the sedan. The 7 Sequence even will get cool-looking slender headlight enclosures and a large ‘smile’-like consumption within the entrance bumper. I additionally love how these 'air blades' channel air across the entrance wheels. And have a look at the automotive from the facet and also you’ll discover that it has a flat bonnet. The nostril is now 50mm increased on the entrance in comparison with the sooner automotive. Whereas I just like the interlinked tail-lights, the chrome utilized in and across the exhausts seems to be a bit pointless and extreme.
The adjustments to the cabin, particularly on the entrance, aren’t all that dramatic. There's a brand new steering wheel with buttons reconfigured for autonomous driving, new picket and lacquered trim on the dashboard and BMW's new iDrive 7.Zero working system for the infotainment system. The design and format on the latter are fairly totally different, however it’s extra intuitive to make use of. You may nonetheless customise the house display and use BMW’s feather-touch shortcut keys. The seats have additionally been upgraded; they’re now completed in quilted leather-based, are higher padded and extra comfy to sit down in. Within the rear part of the cabin, the management slate between the seats, with its super-cool locking mechanism, has been retained and so has the picket centre console that runs all the best way to the rear. Nevertheless, the powered rear seats ought to have been set a bit decrease as you are feeling like you’re perched up on them.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
As soon as on the transfer, you immediately discover that this automotive feels quieter and higher insulated. There may be much less street noise, much less wind noise and after simply ten minutes within the cabin, it's clear that BMW has achieved its goal of constructing the 7 Sequence facelift extra refined and comfy. The truth is, the insulation is so good, it appears like you’re carrying earmuffs. This has been achieved through the use of double glazed glass on the entrance and rear windscreens (which was there on the earlier mannequin) and even – this time round on the home windows.
Trip high quality has additionally improved significantly. The 7 Sequence has two settings – Consolation and Consolation Plus, each of which have been tuned to offer a fair plusher trip. In 'Consolation Plus', you may really feel the automotive glide over the larger ruts and bumps with out an excessive amount of noise or deflection. It does really feel a bit floaty if you up the velocity, however change the air suspension to the marginally firmer 'Consolation' setting and that additional firmness feels good.
BMW hasn't simply made the 7 Sequence extra comfy, it's even sharper to drive now. The steering is extra direct to start with and there's extra 'actual' street really feel. Additionally, the best way this 5.26m-long automotive simply darts into corners feels simply unreal. On a number of the tighter corners, you do really feel the load of the automotive, particularly on the again, and that may’t be helped. Nevertheless, there’s no feeling of looseness and the mass doesn't actually get flung round, which is fairly wonderful contemplating the dimensions and weight.
What helps retains all that mass in verify are three good methods: air-suspension, energetic anti-roll bars and rear wheel steering. BMW has executed significantly nicely to get all three to 'speak' to one another and work in unison.
This xDrive four-wheel-drive chassis handles an enormous quantity of energy with ease. This 750Li nonetheless makes use of a twin-turbo V8, one with the twin-scroll turbos packed within the 'V', however energy is now as much as 530hp. There's 80hp extra within the prime finish, there's extra thrust at low speeds and if you put your foot down in Sport mode, the sedan simply goes. It's so fast, Zero-100kph now comes up in a claimed four.1sec. Preserve your proper foot pinned and this piece of huge actual property has the flexibility to out-drag a number of bonafide sportscars.
The really unimaginable bit is that after some time behind the wheel, you are likely to overlook all of the mass and simply benefit from the efficiency, the grip and the chassis' unimaginable agility. You may carry a good quantity of velocity into corners, get on the brakes late, after which get on the throttle good and early, utilizing the thrust of that V8 to slingshot you out of corners. One factor is for certain right here – no different luxurious automotive on this class drives as nicely.
SHOULD I WAIT TO BUY ONE?
All issues thought-about, BMW has nailed facelift; it has achieved nearly every part it got down to do. Sure, the rear seat might have been extra comfy, however the 7 is now extra dramatic trying on the surface, quieter on the within, it rides higher, has extra grunt, and BMW has even managed to do the close to unimaginable – make it drive like a automotive half its weight. All in all, no matter whether or not you prefer to drive or be pushed round in your luxurious automotive, when you have an estimated Rs 1.5 crore jangling in your pocket, you'll have lots to look ahead to round Diwali.