2015 BMW 7 Series – first images leaked ahead of official reveal
First picture of the brand-new BMW 7 Series appeared briefly on an online configurator
BMW’s next-gen luxury saloon promises radical weight loss; launch date set for June 10
The BMW 7 Series will be officially revealed to the planet on 10 June, yet the firm’s Austrian market website has already accidently shown an image of the undisguised car on its online configurator.
The official bmw.at website revealed the brand-new 7 Series will initially come with the choice of three engines along with either standard rear- or optional four-wheel drive.
Included can be a brand-new turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder common rail diesel of which goes under the internal codename B57 with 257bhp inside 730d along with 730d Xdrive. of which can be joined by a brand-new turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol unit codenamed B58 with 317bhp inside 740i.
Topping the launch line-up can be the 750i Xdrive, which uses a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 with 444bhp.
According to the BMW Austria website, the wheel choices for the brand-new 7 Series, codenamed G11 (rear-wheel drive) along with G12 (four-wheel drive), will range in sizes through 17- to 20-inches in diameter, while buyers will get the choose between 13 different outdoor colours, including Alpine White, Black College, Black Sapphire, Carbon Black, Glacier Silver, Cashmere Silver, Sophisto Grey, Imperial Blue, Magellan Grey, Singapore Grey, Mineral White, Arctic Grey Brilliant Effect along with Jatoba.
different features outlined on the on-line configurator include an M-Sport Package, Driving Assistance Plus, adaptive full LED headlamps, a Pure Excellence Inner surface, Alcantara headliner among a myriad of different options.
The 730d will cost €100,445 (around £73,000) in standard rear-wheel drive form along with rise to €107,480 (around £78,000) in four-wheel drive 730d Xdrive guise, while the rear-wheel drive 740i goes for €107,690 (around £78,000) along with the four-wheel drive 750i Xdrive can be priced at €137,935 (around £100,000).
Prior to the leak on the Austrian site, BMW had only shown a teaser video of the automobile. The video showed the profile of the automobile,yet only offered glimpses of the rest of the brand-new 7 Series. A rear shot confirmed the existence of a 750Li inside brand-new range, while of which also shows of which the automobile will feature the Laserlight technology first seen on the i8 supercar.
Previous spy pictures, published to BimmerToday, also revealed more of the brand-new luxury product’s detailing. Previously, the 7 Series has only been spotted testing in camouflage.
Sales of the sixth-generation 7 Series are due to get under way later of which year. Key among the goals for the brand-new 7 Series can be a significant weight reduction via the use of a combination of aluminium, magnesium, high-strength steel along with carbonfibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), the latter of which can be set to be used not only for the bonnet along with roof yet also in load-bearing areas inside floorpan along with Centeng.
Autocar has already driven a pre-production prototype of the brand-new 7 Series, in 740i form, which will be one of the first designs to arrive inside UK. The initial line-up will also include 750i along with 740d designs.
Speaking about the brand-new car, BMW boss Norbert Reithofer said: “of which will set a brand-new standard in its class in terms of weight saving.”
Engineers say processes developed for the i3 along with i8 have been adopted on the brand-new BMW flagship in a bid to shed up to 200kg over its predecessor. of which should ensure of which the successor to the lightest of today’s 7 Series designs, the 740i, tips the scales at around 1650kg, or less than the existing 535i.
BMW’s next 5 Series along with 3 Series should also benefit through of which lightweight technology.
Prototypes seen testing reveal of which the brand-new 7 Series retains similar dimensions to those of the current product, launched in 2008. As with its predecessor, the luxury saloon will be built in standard along with long-wheelbase guises, yet plans also exist for an extra-long-wheelbase product.
Underpinning the brand-new car can be a modular platform of which forms part of a longitudinal engine matrix of which can be already used by the 3 along with 4-series along with can be set to be adopted by replacements for the 5 along with 6-series.
The light yet rigid structure can be allied to an aluminium-intensive suspension system of which uses double wishbones up front along using a multi-link rear set-up at the rear together using a brand-new generation of air springs along with road-scanning technology. of which’s in combination with stereo cameras, with the package aimed at giving the brand-new BMW greater levels of ride comfort along with better refinement than before.
The brand-new product will be offered using a range of turbocharged four, six, eight along with 12-cylinder petrol along with diesel engines, a standard nine-speed automatic transmission along with the option of rear or four-wheel drive.
The petrol engines are based around a brand-new modular architecture using a 500cc individual cylinder capacity. A heavily updated type of today’s 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine can be planned, along using a brand-new 4.0-litre V8 along using a 6.0-litre V12. The V8 along with the V12 are also set to be used by Rolls-Royce.
Diesels will include a 2.0-litre four in a brand-new entry-level product along using a 3.0-litre straight six, the latter of which will appear in three states of tune along with both twin along with triple-turbocharged forms.
To further boost the product’s presence inside luxury performance market, BMW can be looking at creating a brand-new M7 or M750i M Performance type, likely to receive a heavily tuned type of the M5’s twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 producing more than 600bhp.
Also planned through the off can be a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid, the 740e, which will bring zero-emissions capability to the line-up for the 1st time.
The Future Luxury concept seen at the Beijing show provided the first hints not only of BMW’s brand-new design language yet also its in-car technology, which will rely heavily on speech recognition in a move aimed at reducing the number of controls along with lessen dependency on the rotary iDrive controller.
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