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The next 7-Series could say goodbye to its current bluff-sided barge proportions. According to the latest renderings, a lower, wider, larger car swoops up from a front that takes cues from the CS concept to a rear in which there are no remaining traces of the Bangle Butt.

We have always been fans of the 7-Series, and would greatly welcome a return to elegance -- even if it's the brutish elegance of this rendering. We would also welcome a new interior, and word is that it will be equally redone. And that (pesky) iDrive? The annoying knob will be made ever more user friendly we're told, which shouldn't be too difficult considering the starting point. It appears the last user friendly upgrade to the iDrive wasn't as friendly as BMW thought. This time it will also get Google Maps and iPhone connectivity. Intriguingly, the gear shift could return to the center console instead of being on the steering column stalk.

Engines will start out at 3.0 liters (probably gas and diesel variants, but still not for the States, most likely), jump to a V8 with a 47-HP boost over the current model, and top out at an even more powerful 6.0-liter V12. Expect the car to debut next year as a 2009 model, so we should see its debut at an auto show early in the season.

[Source: eGM Car Tech]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "Brutish Elegance"

      Sounds like a $8 bottle of cologne from Wal-mart.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BMW=BIG MONEY WASTED
        • 7 Years Ago
        No its actually better than an Impala, since half of their sales are fleet which pules down resale numbers. On the other hand Wranglers keep their value very well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Your right. Being a Jeep driver you must be an expert on BMW's and their value.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I dont have an Impala, I have a 07 Wangler unlimited
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Austin
        " I don't have an Impala, I have a 07 Wrangler unlimited "....
        so sorry to hear that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It might really be big money waisted for some people. For others it serves the purpose. I would never buy a Jeep, but then I never go off-road nor do I really like the whole "wind in your face" thing (I'm not sure if Jeep still makes the cloth roof models). If your an outdoor person then a 7 series would be quite useless as your surely not going to go off-road or tow stuff with it. But if your stuck in Los Angeles traffic for a few hours a day then a 7 series is quite comfy.

        If the new 7 looks like that, I'll probably go ahead and upgrade my '01 750iL. The current 7's just don't turn me on and it would be nice to have a new car again.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hold on to that '99 Impala... it'll be a classic one day =)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anything getting rid of the weird styling oddities would be a welcome addition.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ugliest part of 3 series, IMHO are taillights. And here they are, on the flagship, looking ever uglier. I know it is just a renedering, and I hope they have sense not to do this to 7 series.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking. The rendered design is alright, nothing exactly ground-breaking, but those taillights... Oh man. They just don't cut it for BMW's flagship.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own a new 2007 740i (non-US version) and I love it. It has a 4.0 V8 with 306 horses and it flies. I traded in my X5 4.4i, with which I was also very happy.

      The only thing I don't like is the iDrive system. Otherwise, this car is a dream to drive and own.

      Funny how much this car gets badmouthed for its design and handling, but I never see any negative posts by anyone who owns or has owned it. Envy, perhaps?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why,why are you embarrassed - you like the great,"standards setting" car (visually and technically), which still sells pretty well worldwide despite the age and the amount of BS that was spilled on it from the first day.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just accidentially met one at an Autobahn parking about 100 miles north of Regensburg. We both had to piss. The renderings are very exaggerated. The shoulder line is lower than the current bangle car, the kidneys are not larger. It looks more decent. However in full cladding you cannot judge the butt. But: yes the cockpit is more driver oriented again.

      I like it more than its predecessor. Unfortunately I was driving our 70hp Berlingo, so i could not follow at 100+ mph and take some pictures after he hastily left the parking.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Is it wider and lower as it appears to be in the speculation?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The taillights and kidneys both look like bloated tumors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like a Saturn Aura with a Pontiac Montana grill pasted on. BMW's designs are monotonous, as are M/B, Cadillac, and few others I can't think of right now!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm embarrassed to admit this but i think i am one of about seven people that actually like the currect 7 series. I liked it before the minor redesign as well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I might be mistaken, but I think that the new 7 series (both current and before the face lift) sold in better numbers than the old ones. I am one of those 7 people then, because I love the 7, and I liked it even better before they took it down a notch with the face lift.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Say what you want about the XF, but Ian Callum's ugliest designs are better than Bangle's best, and I now can't wait to see the redesigned XJ.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was referring to "the new Jaguar" (non-retro). I never sayed the current XJ is superior to anything (notice the little picture is of a Maserati not a Jag); I simply implied I can't wait to see the new design of the next XJ compared to this BMW. And, the reviews of the new XK and XF Jaguars I have read (with, admittedly, the exception of Edmunds review of the XK) have been excellent.

        Jaguar XK reviews:

        "Precise and communicative steering, eager responses, powerful brakes, and gratifying thrust and sound."
        -Car & Driver
        http://www.caranddriver.com/cartrims/2008-jaguar-xk/jaguar_xk_coupe.html

        "Unlike the last XKR, which could trace its roots back to the mid-’70s XJ-S, this latest iteration isn’t hamstrung with the baggage of the past."
        -Car & Driver
        http://www.caranddriver.com/roadtests/12028/2007-jaguar-xkr.html

        "The feel of the wheels through the seat of your pants and the palms of your hands is taut, alive and eager. The steering in particular feels quick and sharp and yet there's none of the firmness, the unforgiving German asceticism that says you have to suffer if you want your car to feel poised. Even on the optional 20-inch wheels the car still has superb ride quality, yet it handles as well as a Porsche 911."
        -TopGear
        http://www.topgear.com/drives/B8/A6/new/

        Jaguar XF Reviews:

        "Compared to this, every German sport sedan looks about as interesting as a lump of coal."
        -Edmunds IL

        "The 2009 Jaguar XF will completely reinvent the way you think about Jaguar. Of course, it does so by going back to the classic values that have always given Jaguar a lasting place in the imagination, the special magic that Audi, BMW, Cadillac and Lexus still shamelessly envy."
        -Edmunds IL

        "When you roll out of the driveway in the XF, there's no telling where you'll decide to go. This car has the composure you expect from a Jaguar, the lively refinement that can take you 300 miles and deliver you still feeling fresh after your journey. And yet there's a stronger connection with the mechanical soul of the car than ever before, even compared to the Jaguar XK."
        -Edmunds IL
        http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FirstDrives/articleId=123948

        Jay Leno's XF test drive
        http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/driving/new_car_reviews/article3051325.ece






        • 7 Years Ago
        Look Jaguar has been a joke for year. If XJ is so superior how come the very same people are responcible for near death of Jaguar.

        I have seen reviews of Jaguars and it seemed like Honda Civic had a more modern audio/radio system.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was really hoping for a good looking XF, and the concept was just amazing. So they bring out the car, and those headlights!! It might be just me, but they are just plain bad, they would just be a deal breaker for me.

        Based on Jaguars horrible resale value, I figured XF might be a great buy in 3-5 years, but now, after seeing those lights, I gave up on the idea. I would rather buy an XJ.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm looking forward to the new Jaguar. I hope it is able to come up and compete with cars that it once competed with. The new styling they seem to be headed down with the XK seem to be headed down the right path.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car has been discountinued, it was replaced with PROGRESSIVE ACTIVITY SEDAN--SC5

      http://www.tengears.com/home/2007/12/17/now-thats-progress-bmw-pregressive-activity-sedan.html
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey i guess this is one of the first results of the new CAFE law. Ugly SUV dead, chick magnet--born.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What SUV are you talking about?
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, I think it was more along the lines of no one bought the R-class.
        • 7 Years Ago
        All of them, lol
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