Silhouette of upcoming luxury sedan is not very different from current model. Slightly sunken hood, lowered front grille, raked windshield and smoothly sloping roofline can be noted. Rear end holds two king-sized trapezoidal exhausts. Apart from these much inference cannot be made as test mule could be wearing body parts and bumpers of current 7 Series. Subtle styling cues could be traced from BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept. Major redesign is not be expected, to preserve its charm.
New 7 Series will be superior in terms of construction. Incorporating special composite materials like carbon fibre reinforced polymer along with steel and aluminium, 2016 BMW 7 Series will be built on a new platform. This could result in weight loss of around 204 kg (450 lbs). Better driving dynamics is definitely on cards.
Engine lineup of 2016 BMW 7 Series is expected to consist of a 4 cylinder (2.0 litre) mill generating 260 bhp (194 kW), a 6 cylinder motor producing 340 bhp (254 kW) and a V8 plant pushing out 460 bhp (343 kW). These turbocharged and direct injected engines if plonked in new 7 Series, will be tuned for improved fuel efficiency. Rumours suggest another big power house to feature in next generation 7 Series. A 4.0 litre V8 with twin turbo unleashing around 475 bhp (354 KW) of max. power and 650 Nm (480 lb-ft) of peak torque. This could be an M770i xDrive variant.
Word around indicates a certain autonomous technology to feature in upcoming 7 Series, through the BMW – Continental partnership. In car infotainment system will be presented by BMW – Harman collaboration. Expect 3D maps with real-time weather and traffic updates, downloadable applications, Wi-Fi connectivity and improved voice command features.
Via – worldcarfans.com