BMW’s next-generation 7 Series flagship has been spied in a state of undress this week, revealing its sleek new profile.
As expected, the new 7 Series will follow the 3 Series and 5 Series into wearing a more coupe-like profile (although not to the extent of the 4 Series Gran Coupe), giving the big limo the lines needed to take on Merc's new S-Class.
It is also clear from these new photos that the face of the new 7 Series will feature the same 'end-to-end' connected design of BMW's latest sedan and X SUV offerings, with the headlights extending directly to the familiar kidney grille.
Though appearing to closely emulate the current model’s proportions, the next 7 Series is expected to ride on all-new underpinnings that should eventually feature with a number of other BMW models.
Significant weight reduction is expected over the current entry 730d’s 1840kg, with greater use of aluminium and carbon fibre thanks to technologies drawn from the advanced BMW i models.
Also expected is the debut of several new BMW EfficientDynamics systems, including a thermoelectric turbosteamer and generator to make better use of waste heat energy, and reduce overall fuel consumption.
Reports also suggest the new model will introduce a plug-in hybrid variant among its range of petrol and diesel engines, possibly using technology borne from BMW’s technology alliance with Toyota.
The next-generation 7 Series is likely to wear the model designation G11, and is expected to go on sale in Europe in the latter half of 2015 as a 2016 model.