2009 BMW 7 Series
MUNICH, GERMANY– BMW has released information on its U.S.-spec, fifth-generation 2009 BMW 7Series, which is due in the United States early next year. With updatedstyling, lightweight construction, a new twin-turbo V-8, and new safety,technology, and luxury features, BMW’s latest flagship represents anothersignificant leap ahead, according to www.motortrend.com. Available in the United States in normal and long-wheelbase versions as the 750i and 750Li, the new 7 Seriessports fluid, cohesive lines and a muscular appearance. Rounder headlamps flankBMW’s signature kidney grille treatment, and the controversial “Bangle-butt”rear of the previous car is now a more traditional design that highlights the sedan’swide stance.
The car’sinterior features a clean look and many controls accessible from a newthree-spoke, multifunction steering wheel. BMW’s new “Black Panel” technologymakes much of the instrument cluster appear blank when not in use, and the newtransmission lever moves back to its traditional place on the console. BMW is alsousing its E-shift system; the transmission features an entirely electroniccontrol that’s “tipped” in one direction or another to select drive or reverse.Park is engaged by pressing a button.
The 750iand 750Li also features the new iDrive, which has a larger, 10.2-in. screen (upfrom 8.8 in.) and revised menus that are more intuitive. The iDrive controllerallows turn, push, and tilt motions instead of the basic scroll wheel of thelast-generation car. To increase usability further, four direct-select buttonsbypass the controller entirely for major functions, and there are eightprogrammable memory buttons to execute any task the driver wants. Manyfunctions also can be accessed via voice commands. The 750i and 750Li also includefeatures such as a new GPS system with enhanced 3D topographical details,Internet access via the automaker’s new ConnectedDrive system, and a stereofeaturing a 40-gig hard drive, DVD player, auxiliary input, and optional iPodinterface.