The new generation of the BMW 7-Series has been spotted once again and this time we can see it without the plastic panels which are hiding its true design.
The flagship sedan currently produced by BMW, the 7-Series, is getting ready to receive a new generation, but before it will be hitting the showrooms, the company has to make sure that it can stand up to its name and become a rival, once again, for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The model in question has been caught on camera once again and this time the irritating plastic panels have been dropped, revealing us its design, which seems to be quite different than the current model but it will be instantly recognizable.
The platform of the 2016 BMW 7-Series has been significantly updated and the model will be coming with more fuel efficient engines, Efficient Dynamics technologies never seen before and the construction techniques which have been learned from putting together the i3 and the i8. A new mix of materials, where carbon fiber will be used instead of the regular aluminum and steel, will also be used on the flagship sedan, so expect carbon fiber panels on the hood, trunk lid and roof, which should improve the fuel economy and offer better acceleration, handling and braking.
The standard engine lineup will include the 6-, 8- and 12-cylinder units, all of them with turbocharging and direct injection technologies, along with a plug-in hybrid version, which might be put together with technology borrowed from Toyota. Don’t expect a true M7 just yet because the carmaker is not apparently interested in such a version. Increased voice activation, 3D maps with real traffic and weather updates, WiFi, downloadable apps and others will also make their way onto the new car.