BMW has officially unveiled the 2016 7-Series, featuring understated exterior styling that features a standard BMW fascia with prominent kidney grilles, flanked by standard LED headlights of optional laser headlights. The use of materials like carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and ultra-high-tensile steel throughout the major structural components results in a substantial 190-pound weight loss, leading to a fifty-fifty weight distribution.
The car arrives in U.S. showrooms this fall in the 740i variant, featuring a 320-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and the 750i xDrive, packing a 445-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. Both come with a long wheelbase -- at 206.6 inches in total, over an inch longer than its predecessor -- making them the largest sedans BMW has ever built. A plug-in hybrid in the form of the 740e xDrive will join the lineup later in the year, equipped with a gas-powered 2.0L turbo combined with an electric motor, delivering a range of 23 miles on electric power alone.
New technologies are a central focus for here, like active grille shutters and BMW's Air Breather system, as well as a BMW Parking Assistant that allows for autonomous parallel and perpendicular parking. Parking can even be accomplished with no one behind the wheel, thanks to a remote control parking system. Inside the cabin, there's iDrive 5.0 with touch display and gesture controls, in which 3D sensors react to pre-programmed hand motions. Additional features include wireless device charging, an optical touch command tablet that allows rear-seat passengers to adjust comfort controls, optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond audio, and much more.
Pricing will begin at $82,250 for the 740i and $98,350 for the 750i xDrive.