BMW has managed to build a lot of secrecy around the yet-to-be revealed next-generation BMW 7-series luxury sedan. After much of speculations and spy shots, BMW decided to unveil the 2016 7-series to the selected 50 customers at a private unveiling earlier this week. And now the Bavarian automaker has released first official details of the car along with some test prototype pictures.
BMW has revealed much of the details about the upcoming 7-series like it will 130 kg lighter than the outgoing model, thanks to the extensive use of CFRP (Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics), which were first introduced in the i-series cars. Also, the new BMW 7 will get a latest 6-cylinder engine and an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox.
Out of many first to the 2016 BMW 7-series will be a iDrive infotainment operating system that will come with a touchscreen display. The system will be totally gesture compatible and the hand movements will be able to control many functions. BMW says that a 3D sensor will detect the hand gestures and allow the commands in a very "user-friendly fashion".
With the new 7, BMW will also introduce a remote controlled self-parking system that will allow the owners to bring in - out the car without anyone actually being present behind the wheels. The system will use a newly developed BMW Display Key that will control the operations. The new images released show many functions that the 7-series will be able to perform.
Though BMW didn't disclose the mechanical details apart from some minute details about the engine and gearbox, they have said that the new 7-series will come fitted as standard with “sophisticated, precision-honed chassis technology and additional chassis control systems” and two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling.
This is the first time BMW has revealed anything about the sedan and we are hopeful they will launch the car in no time now. Watch this space for more updates about the 2016 BMW 7-series!