BMW 7-Series News

  • 2020 BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance

    The plug-in version of the 7-Series, called the 745e xDrive, gets a bigger engine for 2020 and a bigger battery.

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    BMW recalling 44,000 diesel vehicles for fire risk

    BMW has announced an expanded recall effort over the possibility of fire in recent-model-year vehicles equipped with a diesel engine. The issue, which now potentially affects 1.6 million vehicles worldwide, concerns an issue in which coolant (glycol) leakage from the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR)...

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    BMW 740e, X5 xDrive 40e: where do low-range plug-in hybrids fit in?

    More than a year ago, we spent a weekend with a 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e luxury plug-in hybrid SUV. Rated at 14 miles of range, it never achieved anything near that number in winter weather. Now our colleague Kirk Bell has driven a 2017 BMW 740e plug-in hybrid luxury sedan that uses the same...

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    2017 BMW 740e large plug-in hybrid luxury sedan with 14-mile range announced for U.S.

    The 2017 BMW 740e xDrive i Performance goes on sale this month.

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    Diesel BMW 7-Series won't be sold in U.S., company confirms

    BMW will not offer a diesel version of the recently-redesigned 7-Series in the U.S.

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    2016 BMW 740e Plug-In Hybrid: Fifth Electric Car From German Maker

    The 2016 BMW 740e xDrive debuts with a plug-in hybrid powertrain borrowed from the X5 xDrive 40e SUV.

  • 2015 BMW 740Ld xDrive, upstate New York, May 2015

    For long road trips, there are few better ways to travel than in a large German luxury sedan with a diesel engine. We learned that lesson three years ago, when we tested a Mercedes-Benz S-Class diesel, and now we've had a chance to drive its BMW counterpart as well. DON'T MISS: 2012 Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC: One Week In 32-MPG Diesel Luxury Sedan (Jun 2012) The BMW 740Ld xDrive is a long-wheelbase version of the BMW 7-Series full-size luxury sedan, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel engine driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The inline diesel six...

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    Next BMW 7-Series To Use 'Carbon Core' Based on i3 Electric Car Body

    The BMW i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe are audacious examples of advanced technology in many ways. Not the least of it are body shells made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) mounted atop an aluminum rolling platform carrying the powertrains and crash structures. BMW has...

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    2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive: Turbodiesel Added To Largest BMW Sedan

    Big cars with adequate gas mileage are hard to come by, but one of the best options at the moment is diesel power. At its best, the BMW 7-Series is a bit of a gas-guzzler. With a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline six, the best it can attain is 29 mpg highway. Throw in a diesel engine though and it...

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    BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Priced At $84K, Gas Mileage Yet Unknown

    What’s the price of luxury green driving? If you’re BMW, and that luxury is the all-new 2013 ActiveHybrid 7 full hybrid, the answer is $84,895. With pricing just announced, the luxury hybrid is powered by 3.0-liter, twin-scroll turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine and a 40-kilowatt...

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    BMW To Launch Diesel Flagship 7-Series Sedan For 2014

    If you want to know what's coming down the pike in German luxury cars, just watch Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi. Whenever one maker launches a new car, crossover, body style, engine type, or performance package...the others usually follow. And so it is with BMW, which reportedly plans to launch a...

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    2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Gets Updated Full Hybrid Powertrain

    BMW's first-ever hybrid sedan, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 launched for 2011, was an odd beast. Its mild-hybrid system paired a 455-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 with a small electric motor, making it a bit faster than its conventional counterpart but only marginally more fuel-efficient. For 2013...

  • 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

    The all-new 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is currently rolling into dealerships across the country and potential customers will be happy to know that they will be entitled to a $900 tax credit under the Internal Revenue Service’s Alternative Motor Vehicle provision. The standard and long-wheelbase versions of the ActiveHybrid 7 become the fourth and fifth BMW models to qualify for the special tax credit, joining the ActiveHybrid X6 and BMW’s 335d Sedan and X5 xDrive35d clean diesel models. BMW boasts that the tax credit serves as yet another endorsement for its EfficientDynamics strategy...

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    BMW's New Hydrogen Hybrid Mini: Hydrogen, Huh? Oh, REALLY?

    Perhaps we're a little cranky this morning, still being on Greenwich Mean Time while the clock says Eastern Daylight. Or maybe we're just cynical. But could everyone please take a deep breath and consider reality before getting all hot and bothered over news that BMW seems to be working on a...

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    2009 Los Angeles Auto Show: Preview

    Only a handful of U.S. auto shows count as important. Detroit, in January, is one; historically, New York in April has been another. But the up-and-comer is the Los Angeles Auto Show, which now occurs in late November or early December and focuses on green cars of all stripes: hybrids, electric...

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    Four-Way Two-Mode Hybrid Project Ends, Lab Closes; Now What?

    The Two-Mode Hybrid project was hailed as a model of technical cooperation when it was announced five years ago. But now the partners are going their separate ways, and the complex hybrid system may end up solely as a General Motors technology. GM said in late 2004 it would partner with Daimler and...

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    More Hybrids On the Way From BMW, Including 1-Series

    We've covered BMW's first two hybrid vehicles, just launched for the upcoming year: the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 "sports activity coupe", the world's most powerful hybrid, and the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7, the world's fastest hybrid sedan. Now a spy photo from the British magazine Autocar shows that...

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    BMW's Other Hybrid: 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Sedan

    For 2010, BMW is releasing two hybrid vehicles that are very different both in style and in their approach to using electric power to assist the gasoline engine. We've already covered the 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 "sports activity coupe", which uses the Two-Mode Hybrid system jointly developed by...

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