LEAKED: 2016 BMW 7 Series

7-series | January 1st, 2015 by 49
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Christmas came early! The new 2016 BMW 7 Series has just leaked on the interwebs. The images reveal a pre-production 730d model with smaller than …

Christmas came early! The new 2016 BMW 7 Series has just leaked on the interwebs.

The images reveal a pre-production 730d model with smaller than usual wheels and laser headlights. For the first time we can see the front and rear-end, with the new headlights connecting with the kidney grille and the long L-shaped taillights.

Just as we predicted, the exterior design is an evolution of the current F01/F02 models. BMW chose to focus on the driving experience, weight reduction and high-tech inside and outside the cabin.

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Customers can choose between the Pure Design Excellence and the BMW M Sport package, both variants are significantly different from each other.

Inside, the G11/G12 7 Series feature the large LCD screen on top of the dashboard and higher quality trims and leather.

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The new 2016 BMW 730d is up to 170 kg lighter than the previous model. The data sheet shows a curb weight of 1745 kg, including driver and luggage.

BMW has aimed to take the new 7 Series’ weight below the weight of the current F10 5 Series, and judging by our sources, they have managed to do so.

In addition to the carbon fiber reinforced plastic, magnesium, aluminum and high-strength steels are used to construct the high-end limousine. Therefore, the 2016 BMW 7 Series will be noticeably more dynamic, but when needed, the chassis can also be dialed down for comfort. The new 7er is expected to offer at least a sublime driving experience like the Mercedes S-class.

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While the 7 Series is not expected to bring a revolutionary design, the technology in and outside the cabin is said to be exponentially more impressive than anything we have seen in a BMW so far. From the innovative keyfob to the redesigned iDrive and plethora of driving assistance features, the new 7 Series flagship will cater to an ever changing demographic that not only value the luxury and craftsmanship in the 7 Series but also the technology of the 21st century.

Some of the cool stuff that gets us excited are the wireless charging of smartphones inside the car, the gestures-based navigation, the synergy between the information displayed to the passenger and the driver, the self-parking via keyfob, laser lights and B&W Audio System.

BMW is not only giving the 7er the coolest gadgets and electronics, but also a revamped engine lineup. According to sources, the flagship sedan will be offered with four gasoline engines, one diesel and two hybrids. Most of those powerplants belong to the “B” series, the improved engine lineup that delivers more power and lower fuel consumption. A new 9-speed gearbox is also planned for the G11/G12 models.

BMW will debut the new 7 Series at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.

[Source: BMW Fans Schweiz]

49 responses to “LEAKED: 2016 BMW 7 Series”

  1. Nigerian Prince 419 says:

    back is kinda ugly to be honest, rest is pretty nice. No match to the S class tho

  2. Shawn Sepehry says:

    I hope this is a trick to get us off the scent of the real 7 series.

    First, nothing here really commands calling it the G series in terms of styling. It’s really a refreshed F series. I understand the underlying technology is revolutionary but the boundaries could have been pushed more towards the ‘Vision Future Luxury Concept.’

    The interior is so dull compared to the new S-Class and even worse than the current 6 series which has amazing, flowing, modern interior design.

    Hope they have some tricks up their sleeve come auto-show season.

    • Michael says:

      I was going to leave a comment but you’ve already perfectly summed up my sentiments.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Not a trick. Now of course the car will look better in the “real photos” and in real life. Will it be mind blowing? Probably not. Rumors are that BMW’s current CEO was opposed to doing a radical design.

      • Shawn Sepehry says:

        If I think of it that way it makes sense I suppose. Keeping the 7 series strictly business and leaving the emotional design to the 6 series and 6GC.

        I know that photogrpahy and proper trim and options will do wonders for the car but I’m not dreaming of owning this like I am with the new S Class

        • Horatiu B. says:

          The new S Class is gorgeous

          • Lawrence says:

            I agree, the S class is quite a well designed car and really shows class in every aspect. I would say it is definitely a notch closer to a Rolls Royce than what is being shown here in the spy photos. Could this be another photoshop? The interior shown here does not seem like an improvement to the current one, looks like something that belongs in a 1 Series.

          • tony says:

            benz did a FANTASTIC job with the s-class and especially the s-class coupe. both are modern marvels not only in there fields but across the car world altogether. slightly disappointed with this 7er. Sure, the tech might be 21st century but the s-class beat it to that pedestal. what the 7er needed was a design that would beat out the s-class to claim the title. unfortunately, this has not been done and it looks like an f-line car. same old same old. people are going to keep looking at the s-class because it offers the unison of tech and design. and did it first.

          • tony says:

            benz did a FANTASTIC job with the s-class and especially the s-class coupe. both are modern marvels not only in there fields but across the car world altogether. slightly disappointed with this 7er. Sure, the tech might be 21st century but the s-class beat it to that pedestal. what the 7er needed was a design that would beat out the s-class to claim the title. unfortunately, this has not been done and it looks like an f-line car. same old same old. people are going to keep looking at the s-class because it offers the unison of tech and design. and did it first.

      • Lawrence says:

        Not radical, just something more sleek and modern would have been amazing for the 7 Series being the flagship model for the BMW brand (although one may argue the i8 is now the flagship??) I just think that in today’s world, there is no place for being reserved anymore, there is so much competition, Audi is stealing market share consistently from BMW globally, BMW needs to come up with products and marketing that wows the public, that is remarkable. No room for being boring.

    • Billy The Hillbilly says:

      Trick? I would be amazed. I was looking for some good spy photos of an upcoming 7er for some time and amazing as it is – the end result is quite similar to all of the renderings posted here. Didn’t like the looks of them, hoped they will all be terribly wrong, and… here we are :). Jesussss, what were they thinking when they gave it a back such as this one? Blah…

      The good thing is they finally managed to keep the weight down (1745kg is an impressive achievement in this category, right?), the new 7er might not be a looker, but at least we can hope it will ride really well.

      Interior wise – I’m sure there wil be lots of leather, metal and wood in it just as it is in the S-class, but it seems as the S-class can sell it better to the customer. But there’s not much to judge on one shadyyy photo.

      Anyone knows why they are ditching the B&O system for the B&W? I might have missed some info though.

    • Billy The Hillbilly says:

      Trick? I would be amazed. I was looking for some good spy photos of an upcoming 7er for some time and amazing as it is – the end result is quite similar to all of the renderings posted here. Didn’t like the looks of them, hoped they will all be terribly wrong, and… here we are :). Jesussss, what were they thinking when they gave it a back such as this one? Blah…

      The good thing is they finally managed to keep the weight down (1745kg is an impressive achievement in this category, right?), the new 7er might not be a looker, but at least we can hope it will ride really well.

      Interior wise – I’m sure there wil be lots of leather, metal and wood in it just as it is in the S-class, but it seems as the S-class can sell it better to the customer. But there’s not much to judge on one shadyyy photo.

      Anyone knows why they are ditching the B&O system for the B&W? I might have missed some info though.

  3. Ashton Dangerfield says:

    Ugh… Sadness…..

    • Dale says:

      BMW is becoming a Toyota, less innovation, using the same powerplant across the line up and models produced last 10y are falling apart.

  4. Henry says:

    This is boring and what is that interior? All that silver trimmings look a bit cheap! At least the current model looks more elegant with a wide Black Panel Technology display in the centre dash. This is terrible!

  5. Asad says:

    Ugly as hell was waiting for 7 series to be released but looks i have to go book my s class today

  6. mcMAC says:

    i like it!!….i think it’s gonna kick butt in the luxury barge segment..especially in handling department since they have manage to cut weight….the interior is minimalistic n business like as usual…n the front end looks menacing..the whole car looks bulbous yet dynamic n edgy..unlike the previous F series which looks bulbous but bland..can’t wait to see it photographed in good lighting..

  7. viper says:

    kinda expected this , and this ain’t no trick at all , this IS the real thing! Not a huge fan of it’s looks , could bmw do better design?
    Yes.
    Why not then?
    I have no answer to that question whatsoever , it seems that they think that ‘the almighty s class’ is no longer a competition for the 7 series so why bother then making a clone , right?
    Instead maybe they’re up for a new series 8 or 9 maybe? who knows…but that’s stupid right? I think in this segment no one cares about weight, seriously.
    Sure it’s great deal (lower fuel economy , more agile , faster etc..) but should I , as a boss or some rich fat ass , care about this stuff? Isn’t the 7er aimed at exactly that group of people?..I mean that something you advertise on the series 3 and 5 , x1 , or a sports car .
    They promised cool gadgets and top notch engines which I have no doubt at..

    • Billy The Hillbilly says:

      Well if you wouldn’t care for this weight related “stuff”, why would you bother with the BMW at the first place? Makes no sense then. This weight stuff will probably mean a car light on its feet, which is the forgotten essence of the BMW. Like having no weight at the front, remember? I kno the 7er will never meant to be a sports sedan, but leaving the all time great S-Klasse aside, BMW still has some asses to kick in this segment. It also means a faster car with better fuel economy, which means more km on 1 fuel tank. It is not that much about fuel expenses as it is about bothering to stop for fuel at the first place.

  8. PrivateJoker says:

    Come one guys – you can’t discuss the whole cars design on these bad pictures taken with a mobile device with bad light conditions. Although the car looks quite complete, you even don’t know which state it has.

  9. Efoza says:

    This is an extremely disappointing state of affairs for BMW. It seems that it is lacking imaginative designers who can design cars that actually look new rather than mere facelifts.

    I say BMW is about to make a huge mistake with this 7 series if it goes into production looking so ugly and boring.

  10. Flynn says:

    The black wheels are really killing this. Put some silvers on and let’s see what it looks like.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      The wheels are most likely also too small for the car. You can see the huge gap. I think the car will look okay overall. People expected a huge redesign when for months we’ve said it will be mild.

      • Flynn says:

        Eh…Who knows, but those are definitely not the wheels to release a car with. Have you seen the new C-classes lately? Those suckers seem to be riding really high.

      • Lawrence says:

        But a “huge redesign” is needed! BMW came out with the luxury concept – do we have to wait another 7 years to see that coming through in BMW cars??? The current 7 Series looks dated, basing the new one on a dated design without changing much just doesn’t make sense! I’d understand if there is no competition out there, but there is and BMW si consistently losing market share to Audi. BMW’s brand image is also at stake here, so what’s the hold back? Lazy executives and designers, just want to play it safe and destroy the brand in the mean time?

      • Austin says:

        The interior looks terrible though with that black glossy line at the bottom of the wood… The new X5’s design was MUCH better than this… Why couldn’t they have just made it like that?

  11. Bmwdrew says:

    I actually like the design. It’s not revolutionary but it is evolutionary in a good way. Love the new vent/aerodynamic feature by the front wheel well and I also like the chrome that runs along towards the bottom of the body. The back is modern and refreshing. The headlights are a little large but definitely better than the existing headlights on the 7er. The non chrome door handles are great to because on the current generation they seem awkward. The interior is very nice but I agree, not in S class territory. The technology may be, but the design and materials don’t seem as luxurious.

    Overall pleased with the design! Definitely a car I am looking forward to.

  12. Markk says:

    It’s now quite what i expected, looks too similar to the current model. I was hoping to see a whole new design but it’s a bit too conservative in my opinion. It’s good looking but not enough to complete with the s-class. And the interior looks not much better than the current one, certainly not as good as the merc. I have high hopes for the 9-series though. I think it will beat the s-class easily.

    • Dinata_Berlinetta says:

      in sport excecutive sallon like 3 series, 5 series, M3, M4, BMW will beat mercedes easily..

      but in Luxury sallon, BMW is nothing compared by mercedes.

      S CLASS > 7 series
      S CLASS COUPE > 6 series

  13. Markk says:

    It’s not quite what i expected, looks too similar to the current model. I was hoping to see a whole new design but it’s a bit too conservative in my opinion. It’s good looking but not enough to complete with the s-class. And the interior looks not much better than the current one, certainly not as good as the merc. I have high hopes for the 9-series though. I think it will beat the s-class easily.

  14. Tinky-Winky says:

    It looks good but it’s weird that BMW still takes most of the design cues from the 8-year-old CS Concept. I think it’s time to move on.

  15. Joachim says:

    it looks totally outdated. Small display on top is already present in all lower class BMW’s. I loved the 7 once, but BMW is not moving in the right direction. It’s becoming a car-for-the-masses instead of a first class flagship 7.

  16. Rad Dockery says:

    S Class > 7 Series… if this is the 7..

  17. Dinata_Berlinetta says:

    BMW’s class is a sport excecutive sallon NOT LUXURY.

  18. some_fkng_guy says:

    Since Borat took charge of BMW exterior design bureau all things started to look ugly

  19. johnbmw550ims says:

    Exterior Horrible, just looks like a Hyundai, not for me, I expected more sporty style.

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  24. Gargamel says:

    *yawn*

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