BMW is proudly announced its new flagship sedan, we came to the first spy photos from testing 2016 BMW 7 series facelift, and the specifications details.
New BMW 7 Series Exterior
Although there some brand new elements are present, the exterior still looks familiar. The 7 Series exterior design innovations include production light units, the exhaust tip design and the Hofmeister kink.
The vehicle has received a new modular platform dubbed 35 up. It will feature a myriad of new technologies including carbon fiber construction for some elements and this should make BMW keep weight down.
2016 BMW 7 Series sports a larger double-kidney grille, accompanied by headlamps based on the ones of the fresher BMWs such as 3 Series and the X5 SUVs. As seen in the photos, the headlamps will be using laser technology.
At the rear, BMW borrowed some stuff from the Vision Future Luxury Concept that includes the sculpted bumper, the exhaust outlets and the tail lamps extending into the trunklid. The profile remains pretty much the same, following BMW’s classic character line and the beefy fenders.
BMW 7 Series 2016 Interior
The interior of 2016 BMW 7 Series facelift will be dominated by leather and wood trim, and it will be even more luxurious than the previous version, the current model.
The center stack and console have undergone minimal changes, but the dashboard uses more aluminum than it used to.
Technology-wise, the vehicle will receive the new infotainment screen and the new button look. Several changes are also noticeable around the door panel and instrument cluster. The steering wheel is only a small modification, featuring split bottom spoke.
The customers can expect plenty of traffic warning systems and convenience features such as automatic parking and autonomous driving capability, but also the latest in connectivity. The vehicle should be offering full WiFi capability, downloadable applications, 3D maps with real-time traffic and weather updates.
The optional panoramic sunroof and the new iDrive system with gesture recognition will make the 7 Series even more attractive.
Engine and performance
2016 BMW 7 Series will have several powertrain options: 6- (3.0-liter), 8- (4.4-liter) and 12-cylinder (6.0-liter) engines, updated with direct-injection and turbocharging technologies. The 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine is expected to deliver around 300 up to 400 hp.
Rumor has it that BMW is also considering a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which could bring back impressive fuel economy numbers.
A plug-in hybrid drivetrain is also being considered, but specs still remain unknown. It’s actually very likely that this version won’t be launched until next year.
2016 BMW 7 Series Price and release date
The company will unveil the 7 Series at Frankfurt Auto Show in September this year. The sales are expected to start by the summer next year. The base price for the current model may be around $75,000, climbing up to $90,000.
2016 BMW 7 Series Spy Photo Gallery: