The new G12 BMW 7 Series facelift is currently available in the sole 740Le xDrive Design Pure Excellence trim in Malaysia, with the plug-in hybrid priced at RM594,800. That figure is identical to the pre-LCI model, but you do get more for your money this time around.

For a start, the 740Le comes with a B58B30 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six engine, replacing the previous B48B20 2.0 litre turbo four-pot. The inline-six delivers 286 PS from 5000-6,000 rpm and 450 Nm of torque from 1,500-3,500 rpm, and it’s married to a slightly more powerful electric motor that makes 113 PS at 3,170 rpm and 265 Nm from 0-2,700 rpm.

The e-motor is integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic gearbox, and together with the standard xDrive all-wheel drive system, the total system output is rated at 394 PS and 600 Nm. That’s quite a leap over the older 740Le’s 326 PS and 500 Nm mark. In terms of performance, the 740Le will hit 100 km/h from a standstill in 5.1 seconds and hit 250 km/h.

Besides the obvious exterior and interior revisions, the cabin adds on the new Live Cockpit Professional system, comprising two displays – one 10.25-inch unit acting as a digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch primary touchscreen. It is linked to the BMW Operating System 7.0, which includes BMW Connected Package Professional and BMW Navigation system Professional.

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