BMW India is preparing four new launches that will join the luxury segment in the coming months. The German automaker’s iX electric SUV has sold out, and automakers have also seen strong demand for the X7 SUV. However, the top tier of India’s luxury car segment is dominated by Mercedes-Benz, with the new S-Class, GLS and recently launched EQS electric sedans making waves.
But BMW won’t be left behind either. The all-new 7 series, the new i7 electric sedan, the facelift X7, and the XM super SUV are all set to launch at a fast pace. Here we take a closer look at each of the upcoming BMWs in India.
BMW X7 facelift: second week of December 2022
The X7 is the only car in this lot to be a facelift, but it brings a fundamental change in style. Unveiled in April this year, the X7 facelift features the brand’s new split headlamp design with a completely redesigned front fascia. The interior also sees major updates to BMW’s latest curved infotainment screen comprising a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster running the latest iDrive 8 software and a 14.9-inch touchscreen.
In India, the X7 is available in the form of xDrive 40i and xDrive 30d. The former uses an inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine with 380 hp and the latter uses an in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine with 352 hp. This is an increase of 40hp and 87hp respectively over the current specification in India. Both engines are mated to 48V mild-hybrid technology and are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission where all-wheel drive is standard.
BMW XM: second week of December 2022
The XM is the second custom BMW motorsports offering after the mid-engine M1 supercar of the late 1970s. Unveiled earlier last month, the XM is the first M model to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain, combining a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 483 horsepower and mild hybrid technology. A single electric motor is bolted inside an eight-speed automatic transmission that produces an additional 194 hp, resulting in a total output of 653 hp. It has a torque figure of 800 Nm and can run even in pure EV mode with a range of up to 80 km.
With a size similar to the X7, the XM will certainly look radical and will have differing opinions on styling. But while the interior has a familiar BMW layout, the rear seat space has been designed as an ‘M Lounge’, with more focus on occupant comfort than any previous M car. It also has the latest iDrive 8 system with the most extensive driver assistance systems installed on any BMW vehicle.
Next-gen BMW 7 Series: January 2023
The latest 7 Series is now the 7th generation and is based on BMW’s CLAR platform. Naturally, the new 7 Series adopts the new family look that debuted with the X7 facelift, and although polarized, the new design is primarily driven by customer feedback in markets such as China and the United States. The interior has also been completely redesigned with new hidden AC vents, a curved screen infotainment system, a touchscreen on the rear door pads, and new crystal effects on the automatic doors and dashboard. The biggest highlight is the roof-mounted 31.3-inch, 8K ‘Cinema’ screen (optional).
It also offers a variety of powertrain options, including mild hybrid petrol and diesel engines, and plug-in hybrid petrol. India will likely have a 299hp, 3.0-litre inline 6 diesel (730d), a 380hp, 3.0-litre inline 6 petrol (740i) and a 543hp, 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo engine (M760i). 609hp, 6.6-liter V12 engine from the outgoing 7 Series. All of these engines come standard with 48V mild hybrid technology and all-wheel drive. In particular, the new 7 Series does not have a short wheelbase version and comes with a long wheelbase as standard.
BMW i7: January 2023
The new i7 sedan is essentially an all-electric version of the ICE-powered 7 series. Just like the all-electric i4 sold in India is based on the ICE powered 4 series. The new i7 is based on the same CLAR architecture as the 7-series and looks almost identical to the regular sedan, except for the electric blue highlights on the exterior and the prominent ‘i’ badge on the grille that marks it as a pure electric car. Model. The interior is almost identical, including the rear cinema screen.
The i7 draws power from a 101.7 kWh lithium-ion battery mounted on a floor fan, providing a range of 590-625 km in WLTP test cycles. In the xDrive 60 spec, the version expected to launch in India, the i7 produces a combined output of 544 hp from two electric motors mounted on each axle. BMW claims the i7 can be charged at speeds of up to 195 kW from a compatible DC charger, adding 100 kilometers in a six-minute charge.