The BMW India factory at Chennai is a busy unit these days. Close on the heels of BMW assembling the diesel engined Mini Countryman at the Chennai factory, the German luxury car maker has now begun assembling the 7-Series luxury saloon, it’s top spec luxury car model that rubs shoulders with the likes of the Mercedes Benz S-Class, Audi A8L and the Jaguar XJ. The assembled-in-India BMW 7-Series is the first car model in the 7-Series line up to be assembled in India. The CKD assembled 7-Series model is the entry level diesel engined 730 Ld variant of the car, the variant that brings in the maximum volumes.
The BMW 7-Series assembled in India is the facelifted model of the car that was launched a few weeks ago. The facelifted model comes with minor tweaks to the outside while the inside of the car gets a raised level of comfort. On the engines front, start-stop technology is added to minimize tail pipe emissions and fuel consumption, while the car also gets a 8 speed automatic transmission as standard. The pre-facelift model of the 7-Series came with a 7 speed automatic gearbox. The extra cog improves performance across the rev range while fuel economy also gets a boost due to the taller overdrive on the 8th gear.
The facelifted 2013 BMW 7-Series is also available with petrol engines. The petrol engined variants of the 7-Series are straight imports from Germany, through the completely built unit route. The 2013 BMW 7-Series facelift gets a slew of customization options on its interiors, especially for the rear seat passenger, given the fact that the car is aimed at the chauffeur driven market. The car’s entry level 730 Ld diesel engined variant is priced at 92.9 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. The petrol engined variants are priced at 1.12 crore rupees for the 740 Li, 1.29 crore rupees for the 750 Li and 1.73 crore rupees for the V12 engined 760 Li variant.