The latest photos come from the North Pole where BMW is currently testing the G11 7 Series in winter weather conditions. The heavy camouflage still reveals some things that we will see in the new 7er. First, the corner of the kidney grille hides the sensors for assistance system that monitor the area in front of the vehicle to make your ride more comfortable and safer. Similar to to F15 BMW X5, there is also a small camera in the web between the kidneys.
Clearly visible is the new designed area around the interior mirror, because here comes a future dual-camera system. With the stereo camera technology that Mercedes has introduced in the E-Class facelift a few months ago, the system can also capture the traffic in the front of the vehicle so the driver can be warned early and accidents may be prevented.
The new 2016 BMW 7 Series will be the most technologically advanced BMW ever built. Along with current systems from the F01/F02 7 Series, such as high-beam assistant, lane change and lane departure warning, night vision system. BMW Night Vision with pedestrian detection, active cruise control ACC, traffic sign recognition, Surround View and Parking Assistant, new ones will debut in the G11. For example a new Head-Up Display with a wider visual field.
Rumors are that the laser lights seen in the BMW i8 will also come to the new G11 7 Series.
With the new G11/G12 platform, BMW managed to shed some weight off the 7 Series. The weight of the base 740i model is said to dramatically drop below the 1900kg kerb weight. The new 2016 7 Series features a mix of materials that allow for considerable weight savings: carbon fiber parts were added to the aluminum and steel used in today’s car. The roof, bonnet and bootlid are most likely to be made from CFRP.