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Glimpses of the new 7 Series hit the Internet

2015 BMW 7 Series
Adam Schoeman

A glimpse of the new BMW 7 Series has hit the Internet after it was leaked through a BMW-affiliated website. This is ahead of the car’s official release later this week and is one of the most complete depictions of the new BMW luxury saloon.

The car’s styling is as unadventurous as you would expect, showcasing a nose that is very much in tune with the previous 7-Series, but showing a definite design relationship with the 5-Series. But the low-impact styling hides a huge rework in terms of weight saving and engines.

Three engines will be offered at launch: two petrol and one diesel, along with a choice of all-wheel drive across the board.

The turbodiesel engine will receive the new common-rail turbocharged in-line six expected to produce 191 kW and will wear the 730d badge. The 740i will also use an in-line six-cylinder turbocharged 3,0-litre engine, but sipping unleaded petrol, with an output of 235 kW.

Topping off the range at launch will be the 750i, fitted with the 331 kW twin-turbocharged 4,4-litre V8 a already on offer in the X5 xDrive 50i and the 5-Series 550i.

The sedan’s interior was not included in the leaked images, but from what we have heard it will include options such as the laser headlights debuted by the i8 and an interior options pack called the Pure Excellence interior.

BMW has been hard at work translating the weight saving measures it pioneered for the i3 and i8 into the rest of its vehicle range, and the 7-Series is no exception. Apart from the use of low-weight materials such as magnesium, aluminium and high-strength steel, it will also incorporate carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

This has resulted in a weight saving of 200 kg compared to the previous 7-Series, suggesting a kerb mass of around 1 650kg, or the same as the current 535i.

The new 7-Series is set to be released in Europe this week, with SA sales likely to commence towards the end of this year.

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