The next generation 7-series BMW has been photographed in very early developmental stages. It has a lot of camouflage and disguise and so it looks rather basic. There is a sporty shape and it feels more aggressive than the current model. There will be a ‘Hofmeister Link’ which is a trademark of the model. This will mean that it will have a sloping roofline, sleek look and C pillar which will be part of the 7-series three-box silhouette.
It was in the 1970’s and 1980’s that the 7-series came out and helped BMW to compete with Mercedes-Benz and now it will be competing with the Jaguar XJ and Audi A8. It may not be so popular in Europe but luxury cars are not so popular because they are felt to be showing off. However, they are still popular in the USA and Asia.
The new S-class from Mercedes is really starting to leap to the top with regards to the Sedan markey and Audi is trying to keep up with it. It has already improved the A8 numerous times to make it more impressive and it will also be under pressure to do the same for the 7 series as well. It need to be a perfect competitor without losing the features that make it stand out as a BMW.
The 7-series will have a new architecture, heading the way for other BMW’s to follow. This will include the 2-series and upwards to the X5 and X6 and even Rolls-Royces. It will be rear-wheel drive and accommodate modules from the i8 and i3. It will be a lot lighter as well, due to use of lots of steel, aluminium and carbon fibre. There could be a loss of up to 500 pounds compared to the current car which will make a considerable difference if it is true. The architecture will be very flexible meaning that it will be able to accommodate standard and longer wheelbases. It is expected though that four wheel steering will be discontinued.
There will be multiple engine options which will depend on emissions standards and demand in specific markets. It is expected that there could be a four cylinder that is turbo charged at entry lebel with diesel and petrol six cylinder options and a V8 and V12 as well. The only confirmed engine is a plug in hybrid and there will be other hybrid options as well.
Buyers will be able to choose to power either being send to rear wheels only or all four wheels and there will be an eight speed automatic gear box. More gears could be added on when the cars gets a later refresh.
There will be an M performance version of the car as which is the first time that they have offered this. This will not be the same as an M7 and will be able to compete with the Mercedes S63 AMG and Audi S8.
The main competitors for the 7-series will be Lexus LS, Volkswagen Phaeton, Mercedes Benz S-class, Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ. It is expected that the car will debut at the Frankfurt Auto show in the autumn of 2015 and then appear for sae everywhere in 2016. The base price at the moment is $75k and it is expected that this will go up to around the $80k area with the 12 cylinder models reaching twice that price.