• Mar 3rd 2008 at 1:31PM
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BMW's future flagship 7-Series sedan has been spotted in Melbourne, Australia on its way back from a photo shoot. Not due until 2009, this all-new platform will carry BMW's internal designation F01/F02 (the F02 is the long-wheelbase model). It is expected to go into production later this year with cars rolling into showrooms shortly thereafter.

We've seen other spy shots of the 7-Series, however these latest shots are indicative of a vehicle in near-finished form. The exterior and interior appear complete, as well. While we still aren't seeing clear shots of the exterior, it has been widely rumored that the new 7-Series will be a departure from the current Bangle-designed sedan, with styling reported to look much like the BMW CS Concept. BMW may show us its new 7-Series as early as September at the Paris Auto Show. Of course, Autoblog will be there. Thanks for the tip Mike S!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nothing exciting which is OK because BMW's styling is evolutionary. Too many cars now have the same BMW rear door window and, at least from the side, look much alike.

      Examples: BMW, Altima, Accord, G8, Lexus GL, Hyundai Genesis, VW Passat, and perhaps others I forgot.

      Fortunately, they all look good but--just too many BMW copies out there.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It has really gotten ridiculous. I was flipping through the most recent CandD and came across a side-shot of the new Pontiac G8 GT and guess what that C-Pillar bend looks exactly like. The Hoffmeister Kink that BMW has incorporated so effectively into many of it vehicles is arguably one of the most copied design aspects in the automotive world. Really upsetting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That is one hell of a character line going across the door handles! It may just be the photography but it looks like they added on the sheet metal that was scooped out of the side of all those Acura TLs. That's not really a criticism, though. In fact it looks like this design may have promise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is the '09 going to be the rumored F01? Or is this just a redesigned E65/E66? I'm hoping for the F01 as the 7-series is in serious need of a complete redesign.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You don't comment imediately after more or less skimming the general contents of the title.

        Enough of that.

        I think it is a good move to draw from the CS for the 7 series rather than go the sedan-coupe/8 series/just looks better than a 7 series but costs 20k extra route. Kinda the opposite of what they are doing with the X6 though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nevermind, I obviously didn't read...

        They better not screw this up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This looks promising, although I am not one of the Bangle detractors, I liked his designs very much.
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