BMW improves 7 Series for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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BMW's 7 Series is a full-size luxury sedan that competes with the Mercedes-Benz S Class, the Lexus LS, Jaguar's XJ and the Audi A8 among several others. The fifth generation of the 7 Series was introduced for the 2009 model year and receives a series of updates for 2013.

A new variant of the 7 Series is available for 2013 with the 740Li xDrive joining the model range. BMW's 2013 740Li xDrive generates 315 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque from its 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine, which is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. In fact, all 2013 7 Series variants now feature eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmissions, including the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive models which feature a 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. The turbocharged V8 churns out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 45 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque over last year's version.

BMW's long-wheelbase ActiveHybrid 7 now uses the 315 horsepower 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine in place of last year's V8. The 2013 ActiveHybrid 7 also has a 55 horsepower electric motor and hybrid-spec eight speed Steptronic automatic transmission. Combined power output for the ActiveHybrid 7 is rated at 349 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque while delivering significantly improved fuel efficiency according to BMW. The ActiveHybrid 7 can also operate purely on electric power for a distance of up to four kilometres at a top electric-only speed of 60 km/h.

Of course, BMW's top-range 760Li is still available for 2013 and features a V12 engine still expected to deliver 535 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. What's more is that all 2013 7 Series variants feature brake energy regeneration as well as BMW's auto start/stop system which helps improve fuel economy and reduce emissions by temporarily shutting off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop.

Front end styling for the 2013 7 Series includes a larger chrome grille surround with nine slats in place of the previous 12. The front end also incorporates BMW's "air curtain" technology which lowers fuel consumption at high speeds by forcing airflow aerodynamically around the front wheels. 2013 7 Series models also have integrated directional indicators on the side mirrors, while at the back the taillights employ different shades of red for more contrast.

BMW's 2013 740Li xDrive, 750i and 750Li xDrive models feature standard adaptive Xenon headlights, while adaptive LED Headlights are optional on those models and standard on the 760Li. Both headlight types feature LED parking lights and daytime running lights.

Interior amenities include a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, a new-generation navigation system, a split-screen information display and a rear seat entertainment package with two 9.2-inch screens. The interior also features more insulation materials in order to reduce ambient noise.

Pricing for the 2013 BMW 7 Series will be available closer to its arrival later in the summer, while the 2013 ActiveHybrid 7 arrives this autumn.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Luxury Sedan, BMW, 2013, 7 Series,

Organizations: BMW

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