As we get closer to the world debut (September 2015) and after seeing lots of test mules on the road, rendering artists are taking a stab at drawing the next generation 2016 BMW 7 Series.
After falling behind in sales compared to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW is going all-in with their flagship model. Not only the design will be sportier and sleeker, but the luxury sedan loses quite a bit of weight as well.
Earlier this year, we reported on BMW’s plans to launch a new rear-wheel drive platform by 2016. Dubbed “35up”, the new platform will debut alongside the next generation 7 Series.
The platform will be used for both rear-wheel drive and xDrive vehicles and mixes high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber.
BMW says the G11 BMW 7 Series will make use of modern materials with a lot of carbon fiber. The high-end limousine will set new luxury-class standards not only in terms of lightweight construction, but also in driving dynamics.
With the new G11/G12 platform, BMW managed to shed some weight off the previous 7 Series models.
The weight of the base 740i model is said to dramatically drop below the 1900kg kerb weight.
The BMW 7 Series G11 is also rumored to have a system similar to the Mercedes’ Magic Body Control systems which detects and scans the road ahead so the adaptive suspension can be adjusted accordingly before driving through a pothole. The high-end sedan will come packed with goodies and gadgets.
World debut is scheduled for 2014 Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2015 with press photos being released sometimes next August.