Some of the exterior details revealed in the shots include the exhaust tip design, production light units and the latest take on BMW’s signature Hofmeister kink. It also looks like the notorious Bangle Butt trunkid design is back. We also have some shots showing the interior, which appears familiar although there are some new elements too. You can see the full design in some leaked shots from earlier this year.
While the design doesn’t depart dramatically from the look of the current 7-Series, underneath the sheet metal things will be updated substantially. Underpinning the car is a new modular platform dubbed 35up, which is destined to form the basis of most of BMW’s lineup from the 3-Series up. Previewed in the Future Luxury concept, the modular platform will feature plenty of new technologies including carbon fiber construction for some elements. This should help BMW keep weight of the new 7-Series down.
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Powertrain options for the U.S. market will likely include six-, eight- and twelve-cylinder engines, all with direct-injection and turbocharging technologies. While there have been reports a V-12 may not be included this time around, this is unlikely given the popularity of past V-12 models and the fuel-saving improvements coming in the future.
The 2016 7-Series will also see the introduction of a plug-in hybrid model, a prototype for which has already been spotted. For performance fans, expect a new M Performance model fitted with a twin-turbocharged V-8. It appears the M Division isn’t interested in using a full-size sedan for one of its dedicated M cars—and rightly so.
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Stay tuned for updates as development of the 2016 BMW 7-Series continues. A reveal is expected this summer, with the first public showing likely at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.