Part of the interior design of the new BMW 7-Series generation has been caught on camera in a premiere.
There is no surprise anymore that BMW is working on a new generation of its flagship model, the 7-Series, and after Mercedes-Benz has taken things to a whole new level with the new S-Class generation, time has come for the Bavarian based automaker to show what it can do. The flagship sedan is currently being tested out and, for the first time ever, it is revealing its instrument cluster and part of the steering wheel.
The image posted above seems to show us what appears to be a fully digital instrument cluster, as this has dropped the classic BMW design. The prototype was most likely in the “Sport” mode when the photo was taken and it was also in motion, at about 36 km/h (22 mph). We can also notice the numerous silver / chrome accents on the multi-function steering wheel.
The new generation of the BMW 7-Series is believed to get an engine lineup which will include 6-, 8- and 12-cylinder units, with turbocharging and direct injection technologies, along with a plug-in hybrid version which is believed to get technology from Toyota. The model will be riding on a completely new platform which should drop some significant weight off its body, translating into better handling, improved acceleration and fuel consumption. The flagship is expected to debut this autumn, during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, in a world premiere.