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2012 BMW 7 Series unveiled

BMW 7 Series given a facelift

BMW is facelifting its 7 Series saloon for 2012. The new line-up will include a petrol-electric hybrid and a tri-turbodiesel 750d xDrive model.

The new BMW 7 Series goes on sale later this year, with prices to be confirmed closer to the car’s launch.

BMW 7 Series

The new 7 Series will go on sale later this year

New engines for BMW

Two new engines will feature in the updated 7 Series range. The first is a new petrol-electric hybrid combination, mating a 55bhp electric motor to the car’s 320bhp 3.0-litre engine. This hybrid is 14% more efficient than the conventional 3.0-litre unit on which it’s based, and it returns 158g/km CO2, meaning £170 car tax (VED).

A new triple turbocharged 3.0-litre diesel engine producing 376bhp and 546lb ft of torque (pulling power) means the 750d will complete the 0-62mph dash in 4.9 seconds. It will only be available in xDrive trim – BMW’s four-wheel drive moniker – but is yet to be confirmed for the UK market.

Other petrol engines include a 316bhp 740i, 443bhp 750i and a 536bhp 760i, while the diesel engine range will comprise a 255bhp 730d and the 308bhp 740d.

BMW 7 Series 2

Self-levelling air ‘springs’ are now standard on the rear of all cars to improve comfort

7 Series Styling revisions

The updated 7 Series gains new full LED headlights and a revised kidney grille. The front bumper has been sharpened up and the side repeaters integrated into the door mirrors.

Inside, the 7 Series receives new multi-function instruments and a revised three-dimensional display. The car’s seats have been redesigned in an effort to improve comfort, while more soundproofing has been added to the cabin to up refinement.

BMW has retuned the new car’s suspension – with self-levelling air ‘springs’ now standard on the rear of all cars, again to improve comfort levels – and moved to an electric power steering system. An eight-speed gearbox is now standard across the range.

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