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Five reasons why the new BMW 7 Series will be a serious contender


THE BMW 7 Series has always had to play second-fiddle to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the large luxury saloon segment. However, the new sixth generation 7 Series is now available and here are five things we think you should know about it:

  1. It’s a lightweight - The new 7 Series is up to 130kg lighter than the car it replaces, thanks to the use of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), steel and aluminium in its construction.
  2. It features re-worked and new engines - The new model will get a heavily updated version of the brand’s twin-turbo V8 as well as the new B58 straight-six turbocharged motor, while there is also the new B57 3.0-litre diesel motor.

  3. Four-wheel-drive - As in many other BMW models, there will be an all-wheel-drive option along with the traditional rear-wheel-drive range. It’s unclear as to whether these will be available locally, though.

  4. Next-level infotainment -Judging by what we’re being told, the new flagship BMW will have some serious entertainment functionality. Expect iDrive with gesture controls (much like on your Smartphone), customisable instrument display, automatic touch-operated climate control as well as wireless inductive charging.

  5. Convenience - There are new features such as remote control parking, yes, you can get out and have the car park itself, without the driver having to be inside. There are also safety items such as rear collision prevention assist, rear crossing traffic assist, adaptive cruise control, front cross traffic alert, adaptive LED lighting and a system called, 3D Surround View, which allows the driver to see conditions around the car in its entirety.

Picture source: Net Car Show

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