BMW adds standard Remote Parking and Ambient Air functions for 2017 update to its flagship sedan.
From October onwards all new BMW 7 series models – with the exception of the recently introduced 740e – will come equipped with the Remote Parking feature, at no extra cost.
Remote Parking was one of the main highlights of BMW’s new 7 Series box of tricks, but one that has been absent from the Australian market up till now. Touted as a first-of-its-kind feature for a series production car, the feature wasn’t made available initially due to Australian legislation which required a driver behind the wheel at all times when the vehicle is being operated.
Aside from Remote Parking, the optional Ambient Air package has been made as standard fitment across the 7 Series’ range. The Ambient Air package allows drivers to dispense specially prepared scents throughout the cabin via the car’s climate control system. There are eight scents available across four ‘suite’ combinations to suit the occupants’ taste.
Standard and Optional Features
The 7-Series comes extremely well-equipped, even in base 740i form. Standard equipment for the 740i includes leather seats, real wood accents, 16-speaker audio system, electronic limited-slip differential, LED headlights, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, four-zone climate control, WiFi connectivity, panoramic sunroof, soft-close automatic door operation, gesture control, smart cruise control, two-axle air suspension and navigation.
The 7 Series is available with a wide range of optional equipment, but the highlight is the Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package. When that option box is checked, the 7-Series receives a pair of 10-inch video screens for rear seat passengers, as well as a 7-inch Samsung tablet that can control things like seating position, navigation, ambient lighting and air conditioning. It can also be removed from the car and be used as a regular tablet.
An M Sport Package is also available for 740i and 750i models and includes an aero kit, 19-inch lightweight wheels and a sport exhaust system.
Every 7 Series model is equipped with dual front, side and side curtain airbags along with traction and stability control systems and a crash sensor that disconnects the alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery, automatically unlocks doors and turns on hazard and interior lights in the event of a collision. BMW’s Assist eCall automatic informs emergency responders in the event of a crash.
Advanced features like Blind Spot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Daytime Pedestrian Protection are available for an additional cost.
The BMW 7 Series squares off with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ. The Porsche Panamera and Maserati Quattroporte could also be seen as competitors to the surprisingly athletic 7 Series.