Ladies and gentlemen, Bimmerphiles and automotive voyeurs of all stripes: here is your next-generation BMW 7 Series. Captured in photographs for the first time ever while doing a spot of cold-weather testing in Sweden, this newly slim 7er will most likely debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 and launch in the 2016 model year.

Sources indicate that BMW is targeting a much lighter curb weight for the 7 Series, and will use learnings gained with the i3 and i8 development to add carbon fiber-reinforced plastics in the construction. In return we'd expect the new model – which uses the internal model designation "G11" – to offer improvements in handling, acceleration and fuel economy. As with the current 7 Series lineup, expect the engine range to include turbocharged inline-six engines, one or more V8s and a V12 option.

It's fair to say that, with the car's debut still years down the road, that BMW will work to launch with an impressive suite of in-car technology, too. A completely new version of iDrive shouldn't be ruled out. These shots mark the beginning of a long journey to 2015, and we expect to have loads more information to share in the coming months and years, so stay tuned.


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      Groagun
      • 1 Year Ago
      I thought the green house had gotten bigger but I think it's the body and door height that has shrunk. Is BMW returning to the classic American configuration of sedans from the 50' and 60's. The ability to put your arm on the door top while driving is something we have not been able to do with huge, tall doors for safety regulations for some time now.
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        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        Cars this big and expensive really should all at least have hybrid power trains. It just makes sense - they're already heavy as #$%^& so the added weight wont matter, it gives you added torque from any RPM which is good for smooth, sophisticated acceleration rather than tons of HP, and allows for brief silent running.
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      neilyadig
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait. Ultimate land yacht.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is Actually the Cadillac ULS.
      k.naz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Compared to the current model this one looks fairly compact, which is a good thing. If BMW is able to shed at least 300-400 pounds, that would be a great step forward in efficiency. It would allow for a smaller carbon footprint and greater mileage with the already amazing engines that BMW provides. It's still a few years away, but imho I think this will bring back the long forgotten zest of the 7 Series.
      rollie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ehhh,...not much of a paint job..................
      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lemmings of the world UNITE in fist bumping and high fives everywhere! Another dreary Belchfire from BMW!
      hirohawa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bloated Slab sided - too large of a greenhouse - a perfect Camry knockoff again. BMW has never recovered from the Bangle era. Another ugly safe design.
      continentalgtspeed
      • 1 Year Ago
      bmw are decaying!! always are having more problems and they became less reliable... if they want back leader of the premium class, they should think to design good cars and not think only about volumes of sales! once Bmw were at the top, now I think that Audi has replaced!
      641Workmaster
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want my 2004 G35 back!
      torque996
      • 1 Year Ago
      Innovation seems to have become synonymous with stuffing the a vehicle with tech. BMW should take a lesson from the FRS?
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