Last night, BMW Group Malaysia introduced the All-New BMW 740Le xDrive – the newest BMW 7 Series variant in the country.
The All-New BMW 7 Series Hybrid with eDrive Technology now offers industry leading innovation from BMW i to the most advanced modern luxury limousine in the country, propelling its leadership in the driving luxury segment with Electric Driving Pleasure courtesy of BMW eDrive.
The marriage of both modern opulence of the BMW 7 Series and the future-oriented philosophy of BMW is realised through the design of the BMW 740Le xDrive, making the opulent sedan an icon of luxury mobility.
BMW 740Le xDrive commands a majestic presence with a wheelbase equal in proportions as its forerunner, maintaining its position as the largest series-produced sedan BMW has built to date.
The BMW 740Le xDrive bridges innovations in combustion engines and electric drive systems to create an electrifying performance with significantly reduced emissions and similarly lowered fuel consumption. Powering the All-New BMW 740Le xDrive is the latest 2.0 litre four-cylinder in-line engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo expertise derived from the EfficientDynamics engine family of the BMW Group.
The most potent of its breed ever to be fitted into a series-produced BMW model, the combustion engine develops a maximum output of 258 hp with a peak torque of 400 Nm. Paired with an equally optimised eight-speed Steptronic transmission, BMW 740Le xDrive charts a top speed of 250 km/h.
Meanwhile, the eDrive expertise derived from the know-how of BMW i stands on the principle of a permanently exciting synchronous motor, enabling the car to accomplish a phenomenally notable maximum output of 113 hp and a peak torque of 250 Nm in pure electric driving mode. The electric driving range of the All-New BMW 740Le xDrive based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) cycle is 41KM.
Fully integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission system, the electric motor also assumes the role of a generator which runs on either the efficient lifting of the engine’s load points or by recuperating braking energy – depending on the hybrid mode selected. Energy generated is then channelled to the high-voltage battery.
Together, the combustion engine and the electric drive system engenders an output of roughly 326 hp and a combined peak torque of 500 Nm. The result is instantaneous to every movement of the accelerator and an unhindered delivery of dynamic power, enabling the plug-in hybrid sedan to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds.
The eDrive button located on the centre console allows the driver to dictate the configuration of the plug-in hybrid drive system. In the AUTO eDrive mode, the combustion engine and electric motor synchronises to maximise the use of locally emission-free mobility by only activating the combustion engine at the speed of around 80 km/h or under heavy throttle conditions.
Finally, Battery Control allows the driver to manually engage the use of the high-voltage battery by setting the charge value to be availed for pure-electric driving later in the journey.
The All-New BMW 740Le xDrive takes the Driving Experience Control to the next level with the introduction of the ADAPTIVE mode which mobilises the car’s responses to adapt to the driver’s style and route profile.
Meanwhile, the modes ECO PRO, COMFORT, and SPORT are further refined in definition to communicate their respective composition of dynamics, comfort and efficiency through which they influence the driving experience.
BMW’s xDrive system which is now made available for the first time in a BMW sedan in Malaysia, operates proactively and enables fully variable drive power to be distributed when needed between the front and rear axles when needed, even delivering up to almost 100 percent of power to every wheel.
Visionary design and creative functionality is present in the interior of the All-New BMW 740Le xDrive. The Ambient Light Design which includes the Welcome Light Carpet for the area in front of the front doors, welcoming the driver and passengers to the car as well as the Ambient highlight inside car, offers six different colour variants for light and mood effects in the car.
The BMW 740Le xDrive also features the panoramic Sky Lounge glass roof which comprises an impressive LED-based lighting installation of over 15,000 lighting elements.
Moving towards the rear of the car is the presence of the BMW Touch Command control unit located in the rear centre console – the first removable 7-inch tablet that is connected to the vehicle system that all passengers are able to access for comfort and entertainment functions.
While supreme audio assumes the form of the 16-Speaker 600w Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, riding luxury takes the form of comfort seats built with electrical adjustability with lumbar support molded for both the driver and front passengers for elevated comfort. The rear seat passengers are also offered the decadence of recuperation on a journey via massage functions with eight massage programmes including the Vitality programme.
Command over the new plug-in hybrid luxury sedan can be achieved via the BMW Connected app which allows one to not only monitor the performance of the car but also dictate the interior atmosphere. Through the BMW Connected app, the driver can govern interior comfort by controlling the auxiliary air conditioning function from a smartphone.
The various status data for the vehicle and the operation of selected functions can also be conducted with the BMW Display Key via its integrated Touch Display. Drivers can check the fill level of the fuel tank, the current vehicle range and electric charge status, the status of the central locking system, windows and glass roof, service prompts and the time of day, as well as activate the air conditioning and ventilation system within the vehicle.
Crediting BMW eDrive technology derived from BMW i expertise, the All-New BMW 740Le xDrive registers a mere fuel consumption of 2.5l/100km and a CO2 emission of 56 g/km. Meanwhile, the electric power consumption of the sedan is an impressive 13.9 kWh per 100 km.
With a gross energy capacity of 9.2 kWh, the high-voltage lithium-ion battery of the All-New BMW 740Le xDrive can be recharged from any domestic power socket. Meanwhile, full charge through the BMW i Wallbox Connect can be achieved in under five hours and the charging process managed via either the BMW Remote app on a smartphone or the graphic in the car’s instrument cluster.
As part of the BMW 360° ELECTRIC program, owners of the All-New BMW 740Le xDrive join those of the BMW i8, BMW 330e and BMW X5 xDrive40e in enjoying easy access to GreenTech Malaysia’s network of 181 ChargEV stations nationwide through the BMW ChargeNow mobility service.
The All-New BMW 740Le xDrive is available in Black Sapphire, Imperial Blue, Mineral White, and Sophisto Grey. Inside, the upholstery is lined with exclusive Nappa leather while the interior trim finishes in Poplar Grain Grey fine-wood.
The retail price (on the road, without insurance, and with BMW Group Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Program and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme) for the BMW 740Le xDrive is RM853,800 before Government Approved Hybrid Incentive (RM255,000) and RM598,800 after the Government Approved Hybrid Incentive.
The All-New BMW 740Le xDrive is already available at all authorised BMW dealerships nationwide. For more on BMW, access here.