The first morsels of information about BMW's new 7 Series have been officially released, confirming that the Bavarian brand's luxury flagship will be built around a part-steel, part-carbonfibre passenger cell and ride on full air suspension.
Compared to the current-gen model the new 7 Series will weigh roughly 130kg less, largely thanks to the key use of carbon fibre in its structure.
Using know-how gleaned during the development of the BMW i8 and BMW i3, this new steel-carbon chassis uses thick carbon sections on the A-pillar and roof rail, the C-pillar and the top of the centre tunnel.
The doors, bootlid and some key structural components will also be made of aluminium to further reduce weight, but the bulk of the structure will be steel.
In terms of the bare chassis, the use of carbon-firbre and aluminium cuts 40kg out of the 7 Series.
Dual-axle air suspension with dynamic damper control will be offered as standard (though local specs have yet to be locked in), and will be augmented by BMW's Integral Active Steering system and Dynamic Drive roll stabilization system to improve agility.
That's not all either. The next-generation 7 Series will debut a slew of cutting-edge technology for BMW, including an autonomous parking feature that can automatically pull into a tight garage spot from a driveway
The 7 Series will also be the first model to get the latest-generation iDrive infotainment system, which can be controlled by four distinct methods: voice commands, gestures, the traditional iDrive control wheel and a touchscreen.
BMW will also ditch physical buttons for the new 7's climate control panel, which instead becomes a smaller colour touchscreen flanked by two temperature control knobs.
Expect more information to surface on the new 7 Series as we draw closer to its offical launch. For a sneak peek of the car sans camouflage, head here.
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