SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official distributor of BMW Philippines, has already launched the facelifted BMW 7 Series. What caught everyone’s attention was the full-size luxury sedan’s entry pricing. Costing P5,990,000 for the base 2021 BMW 730i, it costs less than a couple million compared to the Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and Lexus LS. Because of its aggressive pricing, we were naturally curious about how well this model fared with consumers.
During a virtual Zoom press conference with SMC ACDC President Spencer Yu and San Miguel Corporation President Ramon S. Ang, they said that the BMW 730i is a game-changer in the segment. As a matter of fact, the 730i was so popular, the initial batch of 10 units have already been sold prior to tonight’s launch. That’s an unprecedented feat for a flagship model from a luxury carmaker’s lineup.
At P5,990,000, this is way below what flagship full-size luxury sedans cost. Also, despite the pricing, Mr. Yu also says that the 730i isn’t short on luxury features. Referring to our launch article, the 730i’s is indeed equipped with the lavish features you expect from a flagship sedan. This includes a Harman Kardon surround sound system, ambient LED lighting, electrically-adjustable front and rear seats, BMW’s latest 10.23-inch iDrive 7 with Apple CarPlay, a fully-digital Live Cockpit gauge cluster, just to name a few. In addition, the 730i also gets 2-axle air suspension, all around parking sensors, rear camera, and a fully-automated Parking Assistant feature.
While the BMW 730i is only powered by a 2.0-liter engine, this engine produces a mighty 265 hp and 400 Nm of torque to the rear wheels. Power is shifted through a ZF 8-speed automatic, letting this large sedan accelerate from zero to 100 kph in just 6.3 seconds. Clearly, the 730i is anything but slow.
Unfortunately, the 2021 BMW 730i was affected by recent plant closures in Munich, Germany due to the pandemic. Because of this, the next shipment of all BMW 7 Series units is scheduled to arrive in September. Despite all this, there are 20 buyers in line for the flagship 7 Series, including the 745Le plug-in hybrid.