The Geneva Motor Show, set to open its gates next month, is going to host the world premiere of the refreshed BMW 7 Series range. The new car will be shown in front of a live audience for the first time since it was digitally unveiled and a lot of people will be able to form a definitive idea as to whether those grilles are too big or not. However, the 89th edition of the venue will mean a lot more for the 7 Series moniker than some may think.
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As the sun is setting over this current 7 Series generation, the new model that is currently in the works could mark a new dawn for the German brand, one that will adapt to this ever changing world. While we adore the top of the range versions currently available in 750i and M760i monikers, they may very well be gone once the upcoming G70 generation rolls in. According to sources, deep changes are in the works in Munich regarding their current flagship model, including a possible drop of V8 and V12 engines altogether.
While the world was rather ready to say goodbye to the 6.6-liter V12 engine of the M760i model as early as last year, the fact that BMW might also put the V8 to rest is a troubling thought. According to same sources, the upcoming line-up will be made up of 6-cylinder engines coupled with electric motors in a variety of guises. All future BMW 7 Series models are said to be electrified in a way or another and while some will be PHEVs others will simply be mild-hybrids.
Most cars will use the B58 engine in various power guises along with different electric motors thrown in for good measure. Combined power outputs could reach over 420 kW and 800 Nm, which translates into over 560 HP and 590 lb-ft. Those figures are close to what the new 750i and its V8 are delivering so, performance wise, there won’t be any drop but rather an increase, at least on paper.
Of course, less powerful cars will still be available but we don’t know the exact configurations at the moment. Right now, as unbelievable as it may seem, there’s even a diesel model in the works, although most people are rushing to call the compression-ignition mills dead. This too will be a hybrid model too, probably with the goal of reducing emissions to a bare minimum.