India-bound 2016 BMW 7-Series Luxury Saloon Unmasked

The all-new 2016 BMW 7-Series luxury saloon has been unmasked. The car will debut later this year. The all-new 7-Series continues to follow BMW’s current design language for its luxury saloons, replete with the twin kidney grille up front and a a pulled back stance. The front end is heavily tweaked, with new headlamps likely to get full LED treatment while the bumpers also see a complete re-profiling.

India-bound 2016 BMW 7-Series Luxury Saloon Unmasked

The twin kidney grille is more prominent than before, losing the recessed design for a more in-your-face look. To sum it up, the front end of the 2016 BMW 7-Series does show the new design kinks revealed on recently revealed cars such as the 4-Series and the M4. The profile of the 7-Series continues to feature a saloon stance with a long wheelbase to boot while the rear gets a refresh with new tail lamps, new bumpers and revised exhaust finishers.

The new 7er comes with a generous dose of chrome all around. On the inside, the new flagship BMW saloon adds luxury elements while maintaining the overall driver-focused dashboard layout. The car is likely to up the opulence quotient at the rear considering its positioning as a vehicle bought mainly by the chauffeur driven crowd. Comprehensive rear seat entertainment and business packages are expected to make the cut as optional equipment.

The engines of the 2016 7-Series saloon are likely to have an all-turbo line up in four and six cylinder guises except perhaps the top-end version, which could retain the naturally aspirated V12 layout. Automatic transmissions sourced from ZF are expected to be standard fare across the 2016 7-Series’ engine range. A plug-in hybrid option will also be served up as a part of the variant mix of the new 7er.

The all-new 7-Series is also expected to spawn a long wheelbase, ultra luxe version aimed at bridging the gap between the flagship BMW and the Rolls Royce bespoke car lines. The ultra luxe version of the 7-Series will be aimed at the Mercedes Benz S-Class Pullman limousine. BMW currently assembles the 7-Series saloon in India, at its Chennai factory. A similar approach will be taken for the next-generation model. Expect the new 7-Series to arrive into India either this year or the next.

Spyshots courtesy BimmerFest

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