Launched: BMW 7 series facelift
BMW to assemble the diesel variant of the facelifted 7er at its Chennai plant
BMW has announced the launch of the updated 7 series. What's new? LED headlamps with cornering function, some cosmetic changes like turn indicators in the wing mirrors and other minor tweaks.
Inside, there are updates to the iDrive interface and to the rear seat entertainment system. The updated 7 also gets all-new safety features like Active Protection system. It predicts a collision and accordingly tightens the seat belts, shuts the sunroof and windows if they are open to reduce the risk of injury during a crash. Also new is the Attention Assist. No prizes for guessing that it senses the driver's degree of attention. And if it senses it's not up to mark, it issues a warning on the display.
The big news is that the 730Ld, the 7 with the 3 litre diesel will now be assembled at BMW's Chennai plant. And it will be priced at Rs 92.90 lakh, which is only Rs 2 lakh cheaper than its CBU avatar. Although there’s a huge difference in the taxation structure for CBU and CKD cars, only a part of those savings are passed on to the customer.
The other engines will, as usual, be fully imported. The 3-litre straight-six petrol called the 740Li is now Rs 1.12 crore. The 750Li with the 4.4-litre V8 petrol is now Rs 1.29 crore, while the 760Li with the 6-litre V12 is now Rs 1.72 crore. (all prices without optional extras, ex-showroom, India)