Mercedes Benz is leaving no stone unturned to make the next generation S-Class luxury saloon, that is currently being developed, a comprehensive new model with a host of upgrades. The next generation S-Class platform will also replace the Maybach brand in Mercedes Benz’s portfolio with a stretched, limousine version. To take on the next generation S-Class, the world’s leading luxury car brand, BMW, has given its flagship 7 series car a facelift. The facelifted 2013 BMW 7 Series saloon is expected to be launched by the second half of 2012 and today, we have a few details about the changes that could make it to the facelift.
Current gen BMW 7 Series luxury saloon used as an illustration
The 2013 BMW 7 Series will get a minor facelift on the exteriors. The car will get LED headlamps up front with minor design changes on the front end. On the inside,a new generation iDrive is said to replace the current version of the in car entertainment and navigation system. Also, the 2013 BMW 7 Series sedan that will be launched in India too, will get a upgraded diesel engine for the 730Ld variant, which also happens to be the top selling model in the Indian 7 series range. This straight six, 3 Liter turbo diesel engine will get more power and torque, to deliver 256 Bhp and 560 Nm.
For the European market though, BMW will introduce a brand new engine on the 2013 7 series facelift, in the form of the new 3 liter, 6 pot, tri-turbo diesel engine that features three turbochargers for some prodigious torque delivery. Codenamed the N57, this 3 liter tri turbo diesel engine will output a peak power of 381 Bhp and a peak torque of 740 Nm. This engine will be available in the 750d and the 750Ld models of the 2013 7 Series saloon. For the European market, BMW will offer both rear wheel drive and all wheel drive models of the 2013 7’er, while India will have to make do with the rear wheel drive model.
In India, Mercedes Benz has been dominating the high end luxury saloon space with the S-Class being a sales leader in this segment. The S-Class is being assembled in India through the completely knocked down route. However, the BMW 7 Series is still imported into the country as a CBU model. Despite this, BMW has managed to price the 7’er very competitively. So, one can only hope that the 2013 model of the 7 Series is assembled in India, allowing BMW to undercut the new S-Class. That, if not anything else, will give the new 7’er a solid shot in the arm.