Alex Misoyannis • BMW has announced pricing and specs for the facelifted 2019 7 Series, ahead of its Australian launch in June.
In addition to the LCI updates – Life Cycle Impulse, BMW speak for facelift – the entire range has been simplified and receives price cuts between $8,000 and $40,000.
Opening the range is the sole diesel-powered variant, the 730d. Priced from $199,900 before on-road costs, the entry 7er is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six diesel engine sending 195kW of power and 620Nm of torque to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic.
Standard equipment, even by entry-level standards, is plentiful. Highlights include the Design Pure Excellence styling pack, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch central infotainment touchscreen running BMW’s iDrive OS 7.0 system, DAB+ digital radio, satellite navigation, a heads-up display and adaptive laser headlights.
It also features LED taillights, Nappa leather seats, aluminium interior trim, adaptive air suspension, ambient LED interior lighting and four-zone climate control.
There’s plenty of safety tech included, with the 730d getting adaptive cruise control with stop/go functionality, lane-keep assist, a 360-degree camera, front and rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors, a speed limiter and BMW’s Reversing Assistant, which can reverse for up to 50 metres out of tricky spots by inverting your last steering wheel inputs.
Next up in the range is the 740i, priced from an identical $199,900 plus on-road costs. It is powered by a 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol inline-six, driving the rear tyres through an eight-speed ZF auto. Over the 730d, the 740i adds… nothing.
Both cars are equally equipped, as their prices are identical.
Next in the range is the plug-in hybrid 745e (see our review here), priced from $204,900 plus on-road costs. Replacing the outgoing 740e, it’s powered a 210kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo inline-six, paired with an 83kW/265Nm electric motor for total outputs of 290kW and 600Nm.
Thanks to its 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack, BMW claims it can travel up to 40km on a charge in the real world.
Over the 730d and 740i, the 745e adds three electric-related drive modes – Hybrid, Electric and Battery Control – in addition to a Type 2 charging cable and ‘acoustic protection’ for nearby pedestrians.
Above the PHEV variant is the 740Li, priced from $229,900 plus on-road costs. While it may utilise the same 250kW 3.0-litre turbo as the 740i, the L in its name designates it as a long-wheelbase model.
It's 140mm longer than the standard wheelbase variants, equating to increased passenger room. Compared to the 740i, it gets a panoramic glass sunroof and rear floor mats with high-pile carpet.
Priced from $272,900 plus on-road costs is the 750i xDrive, powered by a new 390kW/700Nm 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8, which drives all wheels through an eight-speed auto for a 4.0-second 0-100km/h sprint. It gains active anti-roll stabilisation, 20-inch polished alloy wheels, a glass sunroof and a night vision camera.
Sitting at the top of the facelifted 7 Series range is the performance-focused M760Li xDrive, priced from $378,900 plus on-road costs, a handy $40,000 reduction on the pre-facelift model.
Crammed into the front of its long-wheelbase body is a hulking 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V12, which produces 448kW of power and 850Nm of torque. It can sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds, towards an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.
As the range-topper, it gets the M Sport appearance package as standard (it’s a no-cost option for the rest of the range), along with the M Aerodynamics Package, 20-inch M-designed alloy wheels, rear-wheel steering, tyre pressure monitoring, a panoramic glass sunroof, Merino leather upholstery and massaging front and rear seats.
Other additional features include illuminated V12 door sill plates, seat-mounted rear TV screens, an ultra-adjustable front seat that can move to create extra room for rear passengers, Alcantara headlining and a 16-speaker 1400W Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system.
The facelifted BMW 7 Series range goes on sale in Australian showrooms in June.
Click here to read more about what BMW updated as part of the facelift.
2019 BMW 7 Series pricing
- 730d: $199,900 (-$17,555)
- 740i: $199,900 (-$24,255)
- 745e: $204,900 (-$24,100)
- 740Li: $229,900 (-$8,055)
- 750i xDrive: $272,900 (-$16,415)
- M760Li xDrive: $378,900 (-$40,100)
All prices exclude on-road costs