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.
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.
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.
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.