The updated 2017 BMW 7 Series range lands in Australia in October, bringing the company’s ‘Remote Parking’ function, along with a new air-cleaning air conditioner as standard across the range.
Already available in overseas markets, the autonomous self-parking system was previously disabled due to government legislation that requires a person to be in the vehicle while it is being operated.
Remote parking can be controlled via the BMW smart key. To complete the process, the driver points the 7 Series with its front facing the middle of a parking spot, then steps out of the car to allow it to complete the park without direct driver control, or need to open the doors.
The system can also be used to remotely reverse the 7 Series out of tight situations to avoid damaging the car.
From October, the system will be fitted as standard on all new 7 Series models – except for the 740e iPerformance plug-in hybrid, as it is currently not compatible with the alternate drivetrain.
BMW Australia also advises buyers in Western Australia not to operate this new system as “it is likely to breach the current WA Road Traffic Code”.
Unfortunately for current owners of the 7 Series, the system cannot be retro-fitted.
Meanwhile, the new Ambient Air system will also feature across the updated 7 Series line-up when the new model launches in October.
Operated via the iDrive controller or directly via a console-mounted button, Ambient Air filters and purifies outside air before it enters the cabin, while oxygen ionisation helps to significantly increase air quality and even reduce occupant fatigue.
An added feature of the new system can also use the vehicle’s climate control system to disperse a chosen scent throughout the cabin – similar to the air-freshener system available on numerous Mercedes-Benz models.
According to BMW, eight scents will be available across four ‘suites’, and two scents can be alternated at one time. Three levels of intensity can also be chosen.
Pricing for the updated 2017 BMW 7 Series range remains unchanged for the new model year, kicking off at $217,455 plus on-road costs for the entry-level short-wheelbase 730d and topping out at $312,415 for the flagship long-wheelbase 750Li.
2017 BMW 7 Series pricing (plus on-road costs):