2013 BMW 740i/Li and 750i/Li and ActiveHybrid 7

Alana Bahri, BMW 6 and 7 Series Product Manager talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the 2013 refreshed BMW 7-Series.

From BMW:

The newly updated 2013 BMW 740i/Li and 750i/Li include significant powertrain upgrades, including BMWs 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, xDrive, and BMWs intelligent all-wheel drive system. Look for fuel-savings with the new Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and the second-generation Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO mode. The exterior features new technologies such as available LED headlights. The new 7 is receiving a redesigned iDrive system and an optional Bang & Olufsen High-End Surround Sound system.

The BMW 7 Series now offers even easier access to the trunk with hands-free trunk opening. Standing behind the car, a quick movement of the foot under the center of the rear bumper is enough to open the trunk. The trunk then automatically unlocks and swings open. In order for the system to work, the key must be present.

New-generation navigation system: display and control in the third dimension.
The latest-generation navigation system features a revised design and honed operating system. The menu-driven navigation system has been augmented by new functions. The user interface includes revised graphics and now comprises 3D elements, while the entire architecture of the individual menus is now presented in virtual, three dimensional spaces. Its 1.3 GHz processor and dedicated 3D graphics card, bring new levels of animation and dynamic transitions.

Along with the menu presentation, the navigation displays have been revised and enhanced. The map displays and guidance information are now depicted with even greater brilliance and sharpness than before. Additional function bars allow the map view to be customized quickly and simply without having to leave the map. The new function bars are superimposed as an extension of the original map bar and open up additional options. This allows for Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) or weather updates to be superimposed, points-of-interest to be displayed, or the map to be quickly switched from top view to perspective view. Standardization of the control bars in the multimedia sphere facilitates operation of a wide range of audio sources.

New BMW ActiveHybrid 7: Inline 6-cylinder engine combined with full-hybrid power
As BMW continues the development of intelligent hybrid drive systems, the second generation of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is set to take a significant step forward for the 2013 model year. The updated model sets it’self apart with lower fuel consumption and emissions, as well as innovative auxiliary functions. This latest evolutionary step uses BMWs 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine. In this application it is the same 315 hp version as in the new BMW 740Li and replaces the V8 engine previously used in the ActiveHybrid 7. Other hybrid components include a 55 hp synchronous electric motor, hybrid-spec 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, a lithium ion high-performance battery and power electronics which run the intelligent energy management. The various components create a powerful and harmonious whole, giving the new BMW ActiveHybrid 7 an outstanding balance between performance and efficiency. With combined output of 349 horsepower and peak torque of

367 lb-ft, the new BMW ActiveHybrid 7 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds (preliminary). At the same time, it delivers significantly improved fuel efficiency. US EPA numbers are not yet available. Howe’ver, in the EU test cycle the new ActiveHybrid 7 yields efficiency gains of 14 percent over the new 740Li which it’self sees an impressive improvement over it’s predecessor.

A host of innovative features enhance the cars dynamics and ensure optimum efficiency of the hybrid drive system. For example, the electric motor provides an extra 155 lb-ft of torque through the boost function if the driver should need a quick sprint or to call on strong mid-range acceleration, when passing or merging for example. ECO PRO mode, with coasting function and proactive analysis, prepares the drive system in advance for upcoming situations on the road. Brake Energy Regeneration and the Hybrid Start-Stop system also work together to maximize overall efficiency.

The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 can also run purely on electric power. If the hybrid battery has sufficient charge and the driver goes easy on the accelerator, the car can cover a distance of up to 2.5 miles almost silently and without producing any tailpipe emissions. The top speed on electric power alone is 37 mph. The new ActiveHybrid 7 will be available in the US as a long-wheelbase model only.

The 740i starting price will be $73,300, with the xDrive coming in at $80,300. The long-wheelbase 750Li will start at $90,000. And the ActiveHybrid7 will start at $84,000.

The new 2013 7 Series arrives in US BMW center showrooms in late summer 2012, and the ActiveHybrid 7 will arrive in the early fall.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.