BMW has released the U.S specification price list for the 2013 ActiveHybrid 7 model, which has a starting price of $84,895. The luxury hybrid features a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder, twin-scroll turbocharged engine and a 40-kW electric motor. 348 hp (260 kW / 354 PS) and 367 lb-ft (497 Nm) of torque.
The hybrid power train could deliver up to 348 hp (260 kW / 354 PS) and 367 lb-ft (497 Nm) of torque, enabling the car to go from zero to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while in electric mode it can only go as quickly as 37 miles (60 km/h). The other model uses the same drivetrain with the company's ActiveHybrid lineup, which includes the 3-Series and 5-Series models. So far, it is similar to its counterparts that are actually smaller. It is powered by the same eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new model year ushers in a proper full hybrid as it's now able to run only on electric power (up to 2.5 miles), unlike the 2012MY. Unlike the outgoing model, the power unit of the new one will be turned off when the ActiveHybrid 7 is at a full stop, making use of its electric motor to transform the vehicle's kinectic energy into electrical energy in the battery.
The car comes with a single electric motor that has been installed where normally the torque converter is positioned in a car that has an automatic transmission. This electric motor can either power the car or charge the lithium-ion battery. It can’t do both things at the same time. The EPA ratings weren’t announced yet though. Notably, the outgoing model can return an EPA-rated 20 miles per gallon.
BMW is well-known for its signature proportions which include a short overhang in the front and a long wheelbase. Then there is the sweeping and long bonnet and the passenger compartment that has been set-back. Let’s not forget of course the roofline shaped like that of a coupe. All of these different qualities also define the elegant and athletic profile of the brand’s new 7-Series.
There is still one feature though that manages to stand out from its side. This is the indicator which has been incorporated to each of the exterior mirror’s lower sections. Because of this, visibility is improved ensuring a safer drive. On the front section, it is the long bonnet that gives this range a profile that is more expressive and graceful at the same time.
There is the use of the curve lines on the vehicle’s bonnet and as they extend forward, they put attention on the BMW kidney grille. Looking at the grille, the change is quite clear considering that it is now larger. However, when combined with the new slat arrangement that makes use of 9 slats rather than the usual 12, it helps reinforce the presence of the new 7-Series on the road.
The signature corona rings of the brand can still be seen as well as the elegant accent strip. Owners who want to be able to highlight the recognizable look of the 7-Series can choose to have the headlights come in full LED, which is an option offered by BMW. Still on the front section, the apron has been redesigned and has been split into three different sections.
The lower section is dominated mainly by the full-width and large air intake. Meanwhile the outer sections have a pair of chrome bars which give depth to the vehicle’s already sporty appearance. On each side of the wide intake, foglamps in LED have been placed and beyond them are a pair of narrow vertical air intakes. These intakes have been placed where they are as part of what is known as “air curtain” technology.
With these, the 7-Series is able to experience lower fuel consumption even when running at very high speeds. This is because the “air curtain” forces the air to go on the front wheels and thus ensure that the vehicle is indeed aerodynamic. The way the curtains have been designed is a good reminder of the technological aspect of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy.