Chicago Auto Show Preview: 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan joins US lineup

Article by Christian A., on January 24, 2014

The BMW 7-Series range will receive a new model that will benefit from company’s Advanced Diesel technology in the US in the form of the 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan. Priced at 83,425, including $925 destination and handling, the 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive Sedan will be officially introduced in February, at the Chicago Auto Show and will hit the US showrooms in Spring 2014.

As expected, the sedan is based on the long-wheelbase 7-Series body and comes with the well-known xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Under the hood, we find the popular 3.0-liter inline-6 BMW Advanced Diesel engine fitted with TwinPower Turbo technology that generates 255 hp 4,000 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 – 3,000 rpm.

Bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the sedan is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.1 seconds. Compared wits its gasoline-powered counterparts, the 740Ld xDrive Sedan promises to have a 25 – 30 percent improvement in fuel efficiency thanks to standard features such as Driving Dynamics Control with Eco Pro mode and Auto Start/Stop that reduce fuel consumption in real-world driving situations.

The exhaust gas treatment system is specifically designed to comply with ULEV II emission standards. It uses a combination of a Nox Storage Catalyst, Diesel Particulate Filter, and the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system with no fewer than nine specific sensors working in concert to keep exhaust emissions to an absolute minimum.

The BMW 7-Series is considered as the most innovative sedan in the luxury segment, and its newest iteration is all set to defend this status. BMW has made sure that attributes like athletic elegance, luxurious comfort and refined powertrain technology are equally represented in the newest installment of BMW’s flagship model, while injecting more product substance.

This can all be seen on the details like the new LED headlights, innovative safety technologies, upgraded cabin with optimized soundproofing and improved ride comfort. Moreover, the new BMW 7-Series could further be improved availing from a massive host of optional equipment and features. In addition, the new BMW 7-Series could be powered by any of the new or optimized drive systems, including the most powerful six-cylinder in-line diesel engine in the world and the second-generation BMW ActiveHybrid 7.

In terms of visual appeal and groundbreaking technologies, the BMW 7-Series is certainly one of the top models in the world, allowing it to become an embodiment of sporty elegance and a supreme driving experience in the luxury segment.

BMW made sure that the latest iteration of the 7-Series remains appealing by injecting a number of new design features both at the front and rear. While its height and width basically remained the same, the new BMW 7-Series is around 8 mm lower. This enables the new 7-Series to feature expressive sweeping lines as well as well-balanced dynamic proportions.

The expressive profile of the BMW 7-Series is basically defined by its long and broad bonnet, which has precise contour lines that help draw attention to the new BMW kidney grille. This new upright grille features larger chrome surround as well as less number of slats (from 12 to nine). When availed, the optional new full-LED headlights lend the BMW 7-Series a more unmistakable appearance, thanks to their signature BMW corona rings and elegant accent strip.

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