BMW Philippines officially brings 7 Series with plug-in hybrid

Updated Oct 22, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It’s bigger, more luxurious, and more sophisticated than ever. 

As BMW’s flagship model, the 7 Series has represented the pinnacle of luxury, sophistication, and performance for the brand. Now, fans of the ultimate Bimmer indulgence will be pleased to know that the next iteration of the 7 Series is coming to the Philippines.

BMW 730i front

The 730i Pure Excellence is 23 mm longer than the previous version

SMC Asia Car Distributors, the official importers, and distributors of BMW in the country has announced that two variants will be arriving at our shores. These are the 730i and the 745Le, both rendered in Pure Excellence trim. The former carries a 5,120-mm wheelbase, to which the latter adds an extra 140 mm. Each retains the 1,902-mm width and 1,467-mm height from their respective outgoing models, with a 23-mm increase in overall length. 

BMW 745Le side

The longer-wheelbase 745 Le adds 140 mm to the standard wheelbase

The fascia on the new 7 Series has been reworked, with the most noticeable difference being the massive twin-kidney grille with single-piece surround, bookended by slimmer adaptive LED headlamps. This is topped off by a new hood featuring sharper creases and a bigger BMW roundel in front. A 50-mm increase in height at the front end’s foremost point makes the new 7 Series look more imposing and authoritative, to assert its position in the full-size luxury class.

Integrated intakes on the front apron channel work with large deflectors to direct air towards the brake ducts and air curtains, which minimize turbulence. Chrome trim along the profile lends an air of elegance to the overall shape, while the revised rear apron showcases slimmer three-dimensional LED tail lamps and integrated tailpipes with wider chrome surround.

BMW 730i rear

Streamlined LED tail lamps and dual tailpipes with wider chrome surrounds define the rear

Open the doors on either model, and you’ll be greeted by a cabin whose every inch is steeped with opulence. The 730i offers seating for four, draped in Dakota leather paired with a high-gloss Fineline wood trim and aluminum embellisher. Power-adjustable Comfort rear seats promise an indulgent ride. Meanwhile, the 745Le features seats decked out in exclusive Nappa leather with extended quilting, equipped with a massage function and active seat ventilation. The rear seats also come with 10-inch full HD touchscreens and a central tablet.

Both models come standard with a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, ambient lighting, automatic four-zone climate control, electric roller sunblinds, and a new leather multi-function steering wheel. BMW Live Cockpit Professional combines a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch control display with iDrive controller, featuring Apple CarPlay connectivity. The 745Le adds Gesture Control for enhanced convenience.

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BMW 745Le interior 2

BMW Live Cockpit Professional is standard across the range

The 730i runs on a 2.0L BMW TwinPower gasoline engine that produces 265 hp and 400 Nm of torque. As the first BMW plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) in the Philippines, the 745Le is loaded with 3.0L BMW TwinPower six-cylinder mill partnered with an electric motor, yielding a combined output of 394 hp and 600 Nm of torque.

Under ideal conditions, the 745Le can run purely on electricity for up to 55 kilometers. Standard two-axle suspension provides unprecedented levels of comfort and handling. The Parking Assistant feature helps the BMW 7 Series maneuver in parallel and perpendicular parking slots, working together with Park Distance Control. A rear camera and surround view system is also offered on the 745Le.

BMW 745L3 interior 3

Indulgent materials await everyone who steps into the cabin

The 730i is priced at Php 5,990,000, while the 745Le carries a heftier premium at Php 9,590,000. Black Sapphire, Mineral White, and Sophisto Grey color options are common across the range, with the 730i adding Arctic Grey and Imperial Blue to the choices. Both models will also come with a 5-year / 200,000-km manufacturer’s warranty.

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BMW 7 Series

The BMW 7-Series is the German brand’s flagship sedan model that sports the trademark cab-rearward design. Currently on its sixth generation, it remains to be one of the most popular nameplates in the luxury sedan segment. Its timeless elegance has now been upgraded with more modern touches and a range of technological features that provide the highest level of comfort and convenience. All seats are equipped with a massage function and active ventilation, complemented by 10-inch touch screen LCD’s in front and at the rear for a full entertainment experience. It also comes with a Display Key which reflects the vehicle’s fuel consumption, enables security controls, and other system notifications while the driver is away from the car. Locally, there are two variants offered which are the BMW 7 Series 730i Pure Excellence and the BMW 7 Series 745Le Pure Excellence.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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