Luxury Coach & Transportation

March 2016

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40 LIMOUSINE, CHARTER & TOUR MARCH 2016 WWW.LCTMAG.COM VEHICLE REVIEW tiple climate settings, seating, navigation and entertainment functions. The xDrive model I drove is BMW's permanent all-wheel drive system. Un- der normal circumstances, it distributes driver power be- tween the front and rear axles in a 40:60 ratio, and changes this fgure variably when the road surface or overall driving conditions change. xDrive is regulated by Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and uses infor- mation from the latter system's sensors to monitor road condi- tions. In addition, brake force courtesy of DSC is used when there is traction difference be- tween the two sides of the ve- hicle and wheel spin is likely. Load Factors Driving throughout the New Jersey-New York metro re- gion — in all conditions — during my testing period, the xDrive delivered as prom- ised, coupled with a suspen- sion system that absorbed all highway turbulence not even causing a ripple in my coffee cup. As you would expect from its ultra-lux status, the cabin was church quiet even in horn-honking Manhattan and Long Island where I eas- ily maneuvered in quiet com- fort through the usual chaos. The test vehicle was load- ed with a long list of stan- dard features and amenities as you would expect for a top-of-the-line German en- gineered car, including state- of-the-art high-tech wizardry that manages all creature comforts, navigation, enter- tainment and performance monitoring, plus abundant cutting-edge safety and driv- er assistance features that validate insurance discounts. The 750i was equipped with the optional Driver Assistance Plus package and also the op- tional Driver Assistance Plus II. The Plus package consisted of Surround View with 3D view; parking assistant with active park distance; blind spot de- tection, daytime pedestrian protection, frontal collision warning with city collision, and speed limit information and the active lane depar- ture warning feature, where if you drift into another lane, the steering wheel vibrates to alert you that it is automatical- ly pulling you back into your lane. It's a little disconcerting at frst, but no question keeps chauffeurs alert and on the straight and narrow. Safety The 7 Series contains an im- pressive list of high-tech safety features inside and outside. Front and rear cameras include a "surround view" of the area around the vehicle. The Plus II package takes safety and ve- hicle awareness of its immedi- REAR CABIN LUXURY As I mentioned, the 7 Series rear seating is roomy by every mea- suring stick — leg, shoulder and head room. The cabin features high-end black Nappa leather upholstery, black wood trim, and plush carpeting. The front pas- senger seat can be slid forward and folded, allowing rear passen- ger to take full advantage of the new pop-out footrest and optional 42.5 degree seat incline, avail- able as part of the Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package. Individ- ual rear seats can be adjusted via seven buttons that control head restraint, shoulder and lumbar support, forward/backward tilt and the backrest. The front passenger seat can even be operated by the rear passenger to increase rear legroom. Standard features include WiFi hotspot to stream content from mobile devices directly to 10-in. entertainment front and rear-console screens. My 750i xDrive was equipped with the optional Executive Package II and Luxury Seating Package with Cold Weather. Package II added power side window shades with ambiance light, front ventilated seats, instrument panel with Nappa leather finish and front massaging seats — something chauffeurs will surely appreciate. The Luxury seating package added rear ventilated comfort and rear-massaging seating, and front and rear heated seats and armrests. Boasting the most rear legroom in its class, the 7 Series comes with an array of plush creature comforts and amenities. The long wheel- base sedan offers plenty of room to enter and exit the rear cabin. Passengers can control seats that recline and set numerous positions to ensure a relaxing ride, as well as individual climate control and entertainment systems. Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package includes: • Electric reclining seat and footrest • Rear-seat entertainment w/ 7-in. touch command tablet • Executive lounge rear center console • Executive Package • Luxury seating package with cold weather • Rear massaging seats • Rear comfort seats • Rear ventilated seats

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