BMW Malaysia has introduced the facelifted F01/02 BMW 7-Series in the country, in this case with the F02 side of things. The car was launched today at the ongoing BMW Malaysian Open 2013 being held at the Royal Selangor Golf Club in Kuala Lumpur, with the event’s top seed and former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki helping out with the unveiling of the car.

Three versions of the Life Cycle Impulse 7er go on sale here, the entry-level 730Li, followed by the 740Li and the ActiveHybrid 7L, which sits at the top of things. The cars will only be available for purchase at dealerships from March 30 2013. It looks like BMW’s stint with diesel power in the limo segment has ended – the 730Ld is gone.

We’ve already written a fair bit about the LCI when it made its debut last May, but here’s a quick recap. Externally, the front of the car features new all-LED headlamp clusters, as well as a nine-slat per side kidney grille, redesigned bumper apron and indicators integrated into the exterior mirror casings.

At the back, a chrome trim strip between the taillights in the rear apron provides additional contrast, and the 7er now sits eight millimetres lower than previously in a bid to sport things up.


Inside, the cabin gets newly-designed leather seats, new hardware for the iDrive, and the rear passengers get individual freestanding 9.2-inch flat screens. In the case of the ActiveHybrid 7L, there’s a Bang & Olufsen high-end surround sound system, replete with 16 loudspeakers and an illuminated centre loudspeaker that can be retracted into the instrument panel.

In terms of output numbers, the 3.0 litre six-cylinder inline NA mill, the N52B30, offers 258 hp and 310 Nm in the 730Li, and thanks to additional TwinPower Turbo technology, 320 hp and 450 Nm for the 740Li.

As for the AH 7L, the drivetrain is now identical to that found on the ActiveHybrid 5 and ActiveHybrid 3, this being the 320 hp six-cylinder turbo from the 740Li, but coupled with a 55 hp synchronous electric motor and a lithium-ion high-performance battery. The previous AH 7 incarnation wore a 4.4 V8/motor combi.

Total system output is 354 hp and and 500 Nm, and it’s good enough to get the AH 7L to 100 km/h from standstill in 5.7 seconds, with the ability to do four kilometres on electric power alone, at speeds of up to 60 km/h. The car also features a hybrid-specific Auto Start/Stop function.


The AH 7L also gets dressed up with an M Sport package as standard, with the kit comprising an M Aerodynamics exterior package, M Sport leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles as well as M light alloy wheels.

Elsewhere, the 7er features plenty of tech, as usual – there’s ECO PRO with anticipation assistant and Brake Energy Regeneration as standard, as are items such as BMW Night Vision + Dynamic Light Spot, High Beam Assist with Anti-Dazzle and an Active Protection safety package.

In terms of pricing, the 730Li goes for RM648,800, the 740Li for RM818,800 and the ActiveHybrid 7L for RM938,800, all on-the-road without insurance, but with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI). Unlike the AH 5 and AH 3, which are classified as Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV), the AH 7 isn’t, and as such does not get the special exemptions enjoyed by its smaller hybrid siblings.