2016 BMW 7-Series spied image

The new generation of the BMW 7-Series, in a prototype form, has been recently caught on camera by our spy photographers while it was being tested.

BMW is currently working on a new generation of the 7-Series which is expected to be even hotter than its main rival, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but until that new model will become available for order, the German based automaker has to make sure that everything is in its place and working just like it should. The new BMW 7-Series generation is believed to gain a mix of materials in its structure, coming from the new i3 and i8, along with the use of conventional aluminum and steel.

Some carbon fiber panels will probably be used on the hood, on the trunk lid and on the roof. These materials will help improve the fuel economy of the new 7-Series, the braking performance, the handling and, of course, the acceleration. As far as the engine lineup goes, rumors are saying that a V12 will not be included, but BMW will introduce a plug-in hybrid version, developed with the “help” of Toyota, and some of its technology. The new M Performance model will get a V8 twin turbocharged engine under its hood but the M Division is still not interested in offering a true M version of the new 7-Series.

Autonomous car technology will become available as BMW has just announced a partnership with Continental, an automotive technology supplier. Other features available for the new 7-Series generation will include the WiFi capability, the 3D maps with real-time traffic and weather updates, increased voice activation and much more. Additional details on the model are limited for the moment and will be announced close to its introduction.