SPIED: 2016 BMW 7-Series side profile revealed, official debut later this year

|
Added in: BMW

2016 BMW 7-Series side profile

A new spy shot of the side profile of the 2016 BMW 7-Series gives us a glimpse of the Bavarian carmaker’s next big release. We had earlier shown you how the interiors of this upcoming Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival looks like, and we were quite impressed by what we saw. With the 2016 7-Series, BMW has gone that extra mile to make sure that its flagship saloon knocks others out cold. It will pack some high-end tech, set of new engines and some new underbody mechanicals.

2016-BMW-7 Series Instrument Console

The instrument console gets digitised slightly.

You can see in the picture, a strip of chrome that runs the length of this big saloon. This chrome garnish could differ depending upon the trim level. More importantly, BMW has made some important changes to this Bimmer’s mechanicals and the body itself is now slightly lighter. Thanks to the use of lightweight carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), the 2016 BMW 7-Series has shed some 130 kg and the new-age material has boosted the Seven’s body strength and torsional rigidity.

BMW-iDrive-At-2015-CES-Official-Images-7

BMW’s first touchscreen i-Drive interface debuts in the 2016 7-Series.

The 2016 7-Series will also be offered with a brand-new straight-six, TwinPower Turbo petrol engine. BMW is yet to publicise this engine’s power figures, but a reworked 8-speed (a 9-speed box is possible too) automatic transmission will be mated to this powertrain. Other new mechanical bits include an all-new two-axle air suspension that comes with an automatic self-leveling system. Also, as it is with other BMWs, this new Seven will boast a perfect 50-50 weight distribution for optimum driving dynamics. Add to that an all-new system of electronically-controlled dampers and electromechanically-driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilisation system, this BMW saloon car would possibly drive rings around its competition.

New-2014-Mercedes-S-Class-S500-exterior-600x399

The S-Class is touted as being the “Best car in the world”. Will the new Seven be a match?

The 2016 BMW 7-Series also boasts of a touchscreen display for the latest generation iDrive system. This new system can also follow hand gestures for some of the functions. However, you can also use the whole thing through the iDrive controller if you don’t want any fingerprints on the screen. Another first for BMW will be an automatic remote-controlled parking system. With this smart parking system, the BMW flagship can place itself in a parking spot without you having to touch the wheel. If you think this tech is a bit quotidian, the 2016 Seven can even drive itself out of a tight parking spot without any fuss.

The 2016 BMW 7-Series is expected to be introduced officially at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. Its debut in India shall be somewhere in 2016, mostly coming in via the CKD route. Do you think this brand-new 7-Series will take down the Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Write down your opinions and thoughts in the comments section.

For more on the 2016 BMW 7-Series, click here.

Source – bimmertoday