BMW 2015 7-series to come with four models below 130g/km
11 June 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
BMW has revealed its sixth-generation 7-series, which includes a 49g/km plug-in hybrid model for the first time. Two other models also dip below the 130g/km barrier.
It is due on sale in October.
The 740e and the 740Le XDrive models are powered by the firm's 2.0.-litre petrol and an electric motor.
Overall power output is rated at 326hp, while the plug-in returns 134.5mpg in the rear wheel drive guise and it emits 49g/km of CO2. The four-wheel drive xDrive version emits 53g/km of CO2.
BMW claims the two-wheel drive version of the plug-in hybrid model can achieve up to 25 miles in EV mode, while the XDrive version can travel up to 23 miles on battery power. Prices have not been confirmed yet.
Those figures could qualify the vehicles for the Government's £5000 plug-in car grant. It requires vehicles to emit less than 75g/km of CO2 and have an EV-only range of at least 10 miles.
Two diesel models break under the 130g/km of CO2 barrier - the 730d and the 730Ld - with respective CO2 outputs of 124g/km and 127g/km.
The vehicles are powered by a 3.0-litre unit, which produces 265hp, 7hp more than in the outgoing model. The short wheelbase version returns 58.6mpg and the long wheelbase version returns 60.1mpg.
The former is priced from £64,530, while the latter is priced from £68,480. The previous version of the short wheelbase model emitted 148g/km of CO2 and returned 50.4 mpg, while the LWD version emitted 148g/km of CO2 and returned 50.4 mpg.
The only petrol model in the range - the 326hp 740Li - returns 41.5mpg and emits 159g/km of CO2. It is priced from £72,060.
Design changes to the 7-series include a more prominent grille with flaps that open to increase airflow to the engine bay when needed and larger LED headlights, while the interior design receives an update to the dashboard which includes new digital instrument graphics which light up in different colours depending on the driving mode.