Next year BMW will be rolling out the new 7 series and it will have a new look with new technology and two new body styles as well. It is hoping to put up some good competition for the Mercedes S-class which has always stayed ahead of any competition in the past.
The 7-series will be a flagship car and it is hoped that it will be a lot more successful that the 9-series coupe which was proposed in 2013. This car was developed by Karim Habib in conjunction with Paninfarina and it did not go anywhere. There will be no 9-series in the foreseeable future though and so all efforts will be put in to the 7-series.
The new BMW 7-series has codenames G11 and G12. Many people have now got to grips with their E and F codenames but there are different and so may not be so easy for people to decipher. The G11 is the 7-series which has a standard wheelbase and the G12 is the LWB version.
The new 7-series has not yet been placed together and so there are no rendering of it yet. However, there has been quite a bit of information about it and especially how it will look. The extended wheelbase version is the one that is most likely to impress. It has chrome accents on the sills, grille, exhaust, door handles and shoulders which will certainly make it eye catching and attractive. It also has a link between the lower lateral nasal air intakes which is a full-width aperture. This makes the front of the car not only look sportier but also bolder as well.
Inside the car there is a blend of carbon fibre and metal with leather and wood which give it a great look. There is also a mix of HUD and TFT gadgets. It is very much better looking than the 5 and 6-series but it still needs a bit of help. This is probably why they have decided to hire Stefan Sielaff as head of interior design after his success with the Audi/VW group.
Inside the car there will be a 35up architecture which is the first BMW that is based around this. There will be solutions to weight problems with the car as there will be a mix of lightweight materials to cleverly help with this.
This means that the entry level car will have a lighter chassis and a less complicated cooling element as well as smaller brakes, all that will help to keep it 100 kilos lighter and so help significantly with fuel efficiency.
It is also thought that there will be an efficient dynamics version which will give a 725i model that will have a 272bhp 2.0 litre four cylinder engine which has been rated at 40.8mpg.
The top of the line model will have an upgraded 3.0 litre inline six cylinder engine which is known as the B58 in its petrol version and the B57 in its diesel version. These see an increase of power and torque by about 10% as well as an increase in fuel efficiency.
The V8 will have a boost in efficiency as well but is not quite as efficient and so the cost saving ill not be as good. The V12 will not be updated for the 760i as it does not attract enough customers, only 4000 a year and so it will not be upgraded for this model. The twin turbo power plant does get an upgrade though as Rolls-Royce will still be using the 12 cylinder for a while.
There will be a hybrid option of course and the G11 and G12 will no longer be a parallel set up but a plug in. It is thought that the 345bhp twin turbo six will be joined up with a 109bhp electric motor and it may be changed form a plug-in to induction charging which is 15% less efficient but much more convenient.