In the near future, BMW India will launch its second product for this year, in the form of the facelifted 7-Series luxury saloon. The German car maker previewed the facelifted 7-Series at the Jodhpur One World Retreat, a charity event. Indian cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar and actress Dia Mirza did the unveiling honours while Maharaja Gaj Singh II and BMW India President Mr Philip Von Sahr watched on. Now that the car’s been previewed in India, it is only a matter of time before BMW India launches the facelifted 7-Series model, a luxury saloon that’s aimed at the likes of the Mercedes Benz S-Class and the Audi A8. The facelifted 7-Series is a mid career makeover for the car even as BMW is developing all new 7’er.
The facelifted BMW 7-Series luxury saloon gets minor styling changes. The headlamps are reprofiled and can now be ordered in full LED trim. The front bumper gets a makeover while the front grille gets a mild facelift. The wing mirrors of the car now feature integrated turn indicators. At the rear, the facelifted 7’er gets slightly changed tail lamps and a reprofiled rear bumper. On the inside, the car sees new leather seats and other minor detailing changes to the trimmings. These changes apart, the new 7’er, in terms of looks, is quite similar to the outgoing model.
Under the hood, the inline six cylinder 3 liter turbo diesel engine is expected to get a mild boost in power and torque. We’re unsure whether BMW India will launch the facelifted 7-Series luxury saloon with petrol engined options considering the fact that only a very small number of petrol engined luxury cars actually find takers in India. The 7-Series sold in India will continue to feature a rear wheel drive layout while transmission will be by means of the 8 speed ZF automatic transmission. The facelifted BMW 7-Series will be assembled in India, through completely knocked down(CKD) kits.
After the launch of the faclifted BMW 7-Series, the next big thing from the German luxury car maker for India, will be the launch of the 1-Series hatchback. The BMW 1-Series hatchback will also take the CKD assembly route. The 1-Series hatchback is expected to be BMW India’s entry level model, aimed at the likes of the Mercedes Benz MFA based A-Class and B-Class car models.
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