Due for introduction late next year, BMW’s 2009 model-year 7-series saloon has been spotted once again undergoing testing at Germany’s Nurburgring. More of an evolution of the current model rather than a complete redesign, the new 7 should feature a smoother more muscular look. Don’t be fooled by the bulky camo or the fake Bangle-butt boot lid, the next 7 will adopt styling influences from the smaller 3-series.

Most of the changes are taking place beneath the new sheet-metal. Noticeable changes will be a longer wheelbase and wider track, with a possible hybrid variant and more diesel versions including a possible twin-turbo V8 oil burner. Other new features will be an updated iDrive system and ZF’s new eight-speed automatic gearbox, as well as a host of new safety technology including camera and radar systems.

These latest shots, sourced from AutoGespot, reveal that we’re unlikely to see major styling influences from the Concept CS. Those lines will be reserved for an all new flagship four-door coupe that has been confirmed for production after 2010.