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After seeing numerous exterior spy shots and renderings of BMW's upcoming 2009 7 Series and hearing details about the drivetrain, we finally have what appears to be a spy shot of the new 7's interior. Like the exterior, it appears to be rather subdued for a modern BMW. As we had previously heard, the joystick gear lever has moved back to its rightful position in the center console between the seats. Although the woodgrain and some of the panels don't line up all that well, we're not concerned about it considering that this is obviously not a production model yet. We're also happy to see that the iDrive screen is better integrated into the dash. While we generally favor a clean, uncluttered look, we wonder how this new and more simple design ethos will resonate with the luxury car buyers that are BMW's target audience. Thanks for the tip, Luke!

[Source: E90Post.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      oh... and how smart. that iDrive knob directly to the right of the gear shift. Okay... I don't know how you'll be able to reach it comfortably, but there's always a trusty passenger so I think that'll do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good thing its just an early car, because the statements about it looking like cars 20 years ago (in a bad way) are very true.

      And whats this? Why are there buttons on the dash when there is iDrive? I thought that was the whole point. A current 7 series has fewer buttons.... if I have to accept iDrive I want no buttons dammit!

      I just hope to god BMW is better this time around then it was with the current Gen. The current Gen are more footballers cars and celebrity rides.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Woops. Photos not attachable on autoblog? Anyway THIS is the interior:
      http://z.about.com/d/cars/1/7/I/z/09_jagxf_int.jpg
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is why mercedes benz is always better
        • 6 Years Ago
        Having owned and own both, the build quality and quality of materials of BMWs trump Mercedes as of late. And BMW has been much more innovative than Mercedes as well. Mercedes is playing catch-up with BMW is its styling, iDrive copycat, etc. as well as watering down its brand by coming out with numerous models and making an AMG version of every single model. The AMG models are great, have an E63 myself, but Mercedes is still just trying to copy BMW. They're even coming out with a 1-series competitor. Let's not forget the failure of the glorified minivan that was the R.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Read the forum...the person who took the picture said the *design* is indicative of the next gen 7 series, but the materials are off-the-shelf substitutes.

      That being said, it looks surprisingly similar to the Infiniti M and current-gen 7series
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, i don't want to hear any crap about how american interiors looks cheap any more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Classy. Where is the 8 track player?
      • 6 Years Ago
      i bet it would look a lot better without the wood.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still think this is how a flagship's interior should look like:

      http://images.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0712_04z+2008_audi_a8+interior.jpg
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is what a proper/simple/unintrusive dash board should look like:
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      That doesn't look like the interior out of a flagship sedan to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Back to the ol'skool, and I love the ol'skool.
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