Report – 2016 BMW 7 Series to get an extra-long wheelbase version

Posted on: Dec 7, 2013 - 2:22pm IST

BMW is testing the next generation 2016 7 Series in places such as Germany, France and Dubai (where hot-weather tests are conducted). Codenamed G11, BimmerToday reports that the Munich-based luxury carmaker is also developing an extra-long wheelbase edition of the new 7-er.

BMW 7 Series facelift front India launch
Parts such as the hood, roof and bootlid are expected to be made out of carbon fiber.

The 7 Series lineup already features a variant with an extended wheelbase (and sold in India). However, with Mercedes keen to introduce an XL variant of the 2014 S Class (you can view the spyshots of the car here), BMW wants to have a model to compete with it.

The new 7 Series XL will be priced in between the 7 Series L and the Rolls Royce Ghost (which is based on the current 7 Series). In the US, there exists a USD 100,000 price difference between the current 760 Li and the Ghost, and BMW aims to offer an in-between model to plug the gap.

BMW 7 Series facelift side India launch
While BMW already sells a long wheelbase model in the current 7-er, an extra-long wheelbase model will be added to the lineup in the next generation.

A new platform called OKL (OberKlasse or Upper Class) will underpin the new 7 Series. This being a flexible platform, BMW engineers will adapt it for different wheelbases and track lengths and thus use it for the next gen 5, 6, X5, X6 and a rumored X7 as well.

Previous reports have indicated that BMW will use carbon fiber to make the roof, hood and bootlid of the car, and the base 740i could target a sub-1900 kg weight. Powering the luxury sedan will be a range of six- and eight-cylinder engines, while the BMW V12 would make an appearance on the top-end model.

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