NEW FOR 2015:

-Diesel-powered 740Ld xDrive model

BMW’s gradual expansion into the diesel market continues for 2015 with the addition of the 740Ld xDrive. Borrowing the 3.0L turbodiesel six-cylinder from the X5 crossover and 5 Series, this newest member of the 7 Series family boasts 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque in the car’s long-wheelbase format.

BMW’s biggest sedan otherwise carries over from last year. The base model is the 740Li xDrive, powered by a turbocharged 3.0L gasoline six-cylinder that makes 315 hp and 330 lb-ft. Next up is the new diesel, followed by the 750i xDrive (the only short-wheelbase model for this year) and 750Li xDrive, which share a turbocharged 4.4L V8. The 760Li gets a 6.0L turbocharged V12 that generates 536 hp and 553 lb-ft, but leaves out the xDrive AWD system, as does the ActiveHybrid 7, which pairs the 740Li’s gas engine with an electric motor.

All 7 Series models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

740Li xDrive models start with 19-inch wheels, self-levelling rear air suspension, steerable Xenon headlights, automatic engine start/stop, brake energy regeneration, LED taillights, headlight washers, electric parking brake with auto-hold, heated winshield washer jets, front and rear park assist, rain-sensing wipers, tire pressure warning, front knee airbags, power-folding and auto-dimming side mirrors, auto-dimming interior mirror, intelligent keyless entry, dynamic cruise control with braking function, sunroof, power-adjustable and heated steering wheel, garage door opener, heated front and outboard rear Nappa leather seats, four-zone air conditioning, 16-speaker stereo with hard-disk media storage, pre-wiring for satellite radio and auxiliary input, navigation, and 10.2-inch iDrive display.

The 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive packages adds chrome-plated side window trim, and ActiveHybrid 7 trim builds on those models, adding a Nappa leather dash upper panel, and ventilated front seats.

760Li trim gets 20-inch wheels, integral active steering, LED front foglights, active blind spot detection, active cruise control with stop and go, lane departure warning, backup camera and surround view cameras, soft-close doors and trunklid, high-gloss shadowline window trim, Alcantara roofliner, ceramic controls, M steering wheel, ski bag for trunk pass-through, active front seats, ventilated rear seats, massaging rear seatbacks, electric rear and side sunshades, rear-seat entertainment system, and satellite radio tuner.

ActiveHybrid 7 models build on the 750iL, but add a few niceties from the 760iL, like soft-close doors and trunk.

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