2012 BMW 7 Series unveiled

* 2012 BMW 7 Series * Cosmetic changes and engine updates * On sale in September, from 58,115...

2012 BMW 7 Series unveiled
24 May 2012 22:00

The 2012 BMW 7 Series will cost from 58,115 when it goes on sale on September 22. The updated model has cosmetic tweaks and more efficient engines, while there are chassis changes to improve ride and handling and extra soundproofing to boost refinement.

The exterior changes are subtle, but there are new bumpers, a larger front grille and extra chrome trim. There are new light lenses, too, and LED headlights are a new option. Suspension tweaks have resulted in an overall height reduction of 8mm.

Inside, there's a new multi-function instrument panel, with a large screen that takes the place of conventional dials. The colour of the display and the information on it varies according to which driving mode is selected.

Self-levelling rear air suspension is now standard across the range and there are new suspension components and settings aimed at improving comfort and agility.

Interior update incorporates new instrument display

An updated range of engines have more power, but emit less CO2. All have an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.

Face-lift includes larger front grille and new bumpers

The entry-level 730d model has an updated 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine that develops 254bhp. CO2 emissions have dropped by 30g/km to 148g/km and average fuel economy is 50.4mpg. The 740d now has 309bhp, CO2 emissions of 149g/km, and average economy of 49.6mpg.

New engines have more power, but lower CO2 emissions

The petrol models are the six-cylinder 740i, eight-cylinder 750i and twelve-cylinder 760i. There's also the Activehybrid 7, which combines the 740i's 3.0-litre petrol engine with a 54bhp electric motor, for CO2 emissions of 158g/km.

Eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard across the range

Prices have gone up by just over 1% and range from 58,115 to 101,805.

Leo Wilkinson