Although the official debut will be made in September at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the first photos with the all-new 2016 BMW 7-Series emerged on the web thanks to Autobuzz. Dubbed G11, the new 7-Series shows a completely new design with headlights inspired by those found on the BMW X5 (F15), stylish kidney grille as well as a brand new rear end with redesigned taillights.
The 2016 7-Series will be 150 kg lighter than the current version and as you can see from the photos, it will be company’s second model fitted with laser headlights. If you don’t know, the BMW i8 was the first model to get the laser headlights, making it the first production vehicle to offer this new technology.
Moreover, the new 7-Series (G11) is rumored to receive a panorama glass roof dubbed “Sky Lounge” and a crazy feature, a leather-wrapped engine cover offered as an option in order to replace the standard plastic.
There are no details regarding engine options, but we do expect to see the new flagship sedan equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 260 hp (191 kW), the popular 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol engine with 330 hp (243 kW) as well as a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 petrol engine with 460 hp (338 kW).
The top-of-the-line 760Li is expected to arrive with a 6.6-liter V12 engine developing around 600 hp (441 kW). The 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel engine will also be seen on the new 7-Series and as you can see from the photos, the version caught undisguised is the 730d.
The design of the new BMW 7-Series appropriately conveys its true character. Its controlled surfaces, precise lines and harmonious proportions communicate the aesthetic confidence, poised dynamics and exclusive elegance of the 7-Series. As a luxury sedan, the new 7-Series offer an optimal balance between driving pleasure and long-distance comfort.
Available in both standard and long wheelbase variants, BMW 7-Series comes with an interior that delivers generous roominess as highlighted by driver-focused cockpit design, its horizontal surfaces and lines, as well as by the use of exquisite materials and precision craftsmanship. Likewise, the new 7-Series offers sophisticated functionality of its controls and displays.
At launch, the new BMW 7-Series could be specified with the M Sport package, the design Pure Excellence package and a BMW Individual Design Composition. All of these packages allow the new 7-Series to further express its dynamism, elegance and luxury while satisfying the expectations of its global customers.
Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, remarked that the German carmaker believes that they can predict the future most effectively if they have a hand in shaping it. He quipped that the main goal in the development of the new 7-Series was to create a vision of modern luxury while exceeding customers' expectations. He noted that BMW considers modern luxury to be deeply rooted in the most advanced technologies as well as fine attention to detail. He added that the new BMW 7-Series could be considered as the most luxurious, most comfortable and the best car the carmaker has built in this class.
Thanks to BMW Efficient Lightweight, the new BMW 7-Series models could be up to 130 kilograms lighter to their counterparts in the previous generation. The new 7-Series employs a body structure with Carbon Core, which is derived from development of BMW i cars.
It is the first car in its segment that makes use of a combination of industrially manufactured carbon fiber reinforced polymer, steel and aluminum. With this mixed-materials approach, the passenger cell has become stronger and more rigid while the vehicle itself has become lighter than before.
The new BMW 7-Series could be fitted with an updated V8 engine and six-cylinder in-line mills – all of which are mated, as standard, to a further developed eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Also optional is the more efficient BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.