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BMW Redesigns 2016 Flagship Sedan For Elite Status

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Tom Halligan - Also by this author

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The 2016 BMW 750i xDrive is positioned to go head-to-head against the Mercedes S-Class.
The 2016 BMW 750i xDrive is positioned to go head-to-head against the Mercedes S-Class.
BMW has upped the ante in the ultra-luxury sedan class with its all-new 7 Series models ready to go head-to-head with the Mercedes Benz S-Class, and any other automaker that wants to fight it out at the top of the high-end sedan food chain.

Longer and loaded with more impressive technology and creature comforts than previous models, BMW boasts the 7 Series has the most rear legroom in its class (44.4 inches), and the optional Rear Executive Seating packages are sure to satisfy the most discriminating wheel-heeled clientele.

Comfortable In All Skins

Further, the 7’s new skin has a less muscular design than previous models. The more refined, classic body style is suited for the limousine industry “look,” but also sports sleek front and rear touches that highlight its luxury status. For example, the 7 Series has the largest double kidney grill BMW has ever stamped on its vehicles signifying its company flagship status.

Head-turning looks, a panoramic moon roof, interior plushness and electronic wizardry aside, the 7 Series is, of course, a BMW and engine power and performance stand out in all 7 Series models. The 750i and my test vehicle, the 750i xDrive, are equipped with a 4.4 liter Twin Turbo V-8 that crank 445 horsepower zipping from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds. The 740i sports a 3.0 liter Twin Power Turbo that produces 330 horsepower and is no slouch going from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds.

There also are three diving modes — Sport, Eco, and Comfort — which allow chauffeurs to adjust the vehicle performance depending on the situations.  Comfort mode is best suited when carrying passengers and Eco mode for when the chauffeur is running from job to job.

Rear Cabin Luxury

As I mentioned, the 7 Series rear seating is roomy by every measuring stick

Boasting the most rear legroom in its class, the 7 Series comes with an array of plush creature comforts and amenities. The long wheelbase sedan offers plenty of room to enter and exit the rear cabin. Passengers can control seats that recline and set numerous positions to ensure a relaxing ride, as well as individual climate control and entertainment systems.
Boasting the most rear legroom in its class, the 7 Series comes with an array of plush creature comforts and amenities. The long wheelbase sedan offers plenty of room to enter and exit the rear cabin. Passengers can control seats that recline and set numerous positions to ensure a relaxing ride, as well as individual climate control and entertainment systems.
— leg, shoulder and head room. The cabin features high-end black Nappa leather upholstery, black wood trim, and plush carpeting. The front passenger seat can be slid forward and folded, allowing rear passenger to take full advantage of the new pop-out footrest and optional 42.5 degree seat incline, available as part of the Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package. Individual rear seats can be adjusted via seven buttons that control head restraint, shoulder and lumbar support, forward/backward tilt and the backrest. The front passenger seat can even be operated by the rear passenger to increase rear legroom. Standard features include WiFi hotspot to stream content from mobile devices directly to 10-in. entertainment front and rear-console screens.

My 750i xDrive was equipped with the optional Executive Package II and Luxury Seating Package with Cold Weather. Package II added power side window shades with ambiance light, front ventilated seats, instrument panel with Nappa leather finish and front massaging seats — something chauffeurs will surely appreciate. The Luxury seating package added rear ventilated comfort and rear-massaging seating, and front and rear heated seats and armrests.

Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package includes:

  • Electric reclining seat and footrest
  • Rear-seat entertainment w/ 7-in. touch command tablet
  • Executive lounge rear center console
  • Executive Package
  • Luxury seating package with cold weather
  • Rear massaging seats
  • Rear comfort seats
  • Rear ventilated seats

Toggle Technology

The new 7 Series navigation features the iDrive 5.0 system with the first-ever Gesture Control system or toggling entertainment functions. Simple finger touches or movements on the exclusive Touch command and all new 7-inch Touch Command tablet serve as your controller to a number of comfort and luxury features, including multiple climate settings, seating, navigation and entertainment functions. The xDrive model I drove is BMW’s permanent all-wheel drive system. Under normal circumstances, it distributes driver power between the front and rear axles in a 40:60 ratio, and changes this figure variably when the road surface or overall driving conditions change. xDrive is regulated by Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and uses information from the latter system’s sensors to monitor road conditions. In addition, brake force courtesy of DSC is used when there is traction difference between the two sides of the vehicle and wheel spin is likely.

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