New BMW 7 Series has been uncovered. Enthusiast blog bimmertoday.de has revealed the final design of the upcoming S-Class rival from Bavaria.
A solitary picture showing a completely unmasked 7-Series proves that the future BMW flagship will adopt the evolutionary path in therms of styling. With clear influences from latest 3-Series and 4-Series, the new BMW 7-Series continues to pose as the sporty alternative to Mercedes’ ultra-elegant S-Class.
Hidden under all those glitzy lines is the all-new OKL platform (Oberklasse – the German therm for ‘luxury class’), conceived to underpin all high-end BMW models that use a longitudinally mounted engine. This means the future 5 and 6-Series models, as well.
Overall weight will be reduced with approximately 130 kg, depending on variant and engine. BMW’s all-new 7-Series will use a combination of aluminium, hot-formed high-strength steel and composite carbonfibre parts – CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) for vital components suchs as the passenger cell, all in the name of reduced weight and higher rigidity levels.
Power will come from a family of six, eight and twelve-cylinder engines, part of the new modular engine line-up. A plug-in hybrid variant, positioned as a direct rival for the new Mercedes S 500 Plug-In Hybrid and available right from the outset, will mix a gasoline engine with an electric unit.
BMW’s new 7-Series will play host to an array of innovative systems such as traffic warning, self-parking or autonomous driving capability. The new 7-Series will also mark the debut of BMW’s first touchscreen. The driver will be able to control the new iDrive infotainment system via the well known controller, via the brand-new touchscreen or via gesture-controls.
Among the new standard features is a two axle air suspension with automatic self levelling, as well as Dynamic Damper Control and the latest update of the Integral Active Steering system, along with the first electromechanically driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilisation system.
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