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Rolling double sevens - and X7 SUV BMW 7 Series

- BY DARYL LOY

BMW 7 Series and X7 SUV make simultaneo­us debut on the Malaysian stage

BMW Malaysia does not seem intent on going home, because it’s certainly going big with the simultaneo­us launch of the updated 7 Series and all-new X7 luxury SUV. The stately duo made their presence felt in The Internatio­nal Gallery at Alya Kuala Lumpur recently as the Bavarian carmaker continued their product offensive for 2019.

The G12 7-Series arrives on Malaysian shores in a sole 740Le xdrive format. The biggest talking point for BMW’S flagship limo are its enlarged kidney grilles, redesigned to match the brand’s latest design language, which are supposedly 40 percent larger than before. The 7 Series is BMW’S biggest saloon after all, so perhaps it isn’t a bad thing.

Power comes from a three-litre straight six turbo paired to a 12kwh lithium-ion battery and electric motor – the backbone of the car’s plugin-hybrid architectu­re. Together, they deliver a combined output of 388bhp and 500Nm to all four wheels, allowing the regal Bimmer to speed up to 100kph from a standstill in just 5.1 seconds. Despite the swift performanc­e, electrific­ation keeps fuel consumptio­n down to just 2.8 litres per 100km.

In fact, the 740Le xdrive can cruise without any petrol propulsion for up to 54km. In full-ev mode, the car can travel at speeds of up to 140kph. If you run out of juice, the BMW i Wallbox returns a full charge in just a little over four hours.

In typical 7 Series fashion, the 740Le xdrive leads the way in tech and luxury as features like a panoramic glass roof, four-zone climate control, massage-enabled seats and 16-speaker audio system are all offered as standard. The BMW Connected Package Profession­al and BMW Intelligen­t Personal Assistant offer occupants an Ai-forward solution to their everyday needs while seven airbags, lane keep assist and active steering help keep the car in control at all times.

The X7 xdrive40i is similarly kitted – much of the tech featured in the 740Le Xdrive are repeated in BMW’S new flagship SUV. But these features can be enjoyed by a bigger party as the X7 packs an extra row of seats in its bigger frame, seating a maximum of seven occupants at a time.

Even though the massive SUV tips the scale at about 2.3 tonnes, it will do 0-100kph in 6.1 seconds – just a second shy of the 740Le xdrive – thanks to its all-petrol three-litre straight-six turbo that delivers 340bhp and 450Nm of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmissi­on.

Unique to the X7 xdrive40i is its two-axle air suspension which offers five ride height settings across an 80mm range, tailoring the car to city and off-road conditions on demand. Comfort is enhanced with Dynamic Damper Control, which predicts damping requiremen­ts using a set of cameras as well as the car’s built in navigation module.

As a fully-imported vehicle, the X7 xdrive40i is the costlier number seven of the two, commanding a CBU price tag of RM888,800. Meanwhile, the locally-assembled 740Le xdrive is priced at a competitiv­e RM594,800. Both prices include a five-year manufactur­er’s warranty and free scheduled service throughout the guaranteed period.

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