2016 BMW 7 series (India bound) to feature 'Sky Lounge' and leather engine cover - Report

02/01/2015 - 16:00 | ,   | Paranjay Dutt

Expected to launch next year in India.

Pictures of the 2016 BMW 7 series (codenamed G11/G12) were leaked on the Internet, showing the undisguised exterior of the vehicle, and a glimpse of the interior as well. To keep the topic fresh, a report by BMW Blog says that the car might feature an optional panoramic glass roof "Sky Lounge" and a leather engine cover.

BMW 7 series facelift jodhpur preview front quarter
The next-generation BMW 7 series is expected to arrive in India in 2016. Picture of the current car used for representational purposes only.

The panoramic glass roof will not just present a good spectacle, it will also make the cabin feel more airy. The leather engine cover on the other hand, would keep up with the premium quotient of the car. Both these will add to the long list of features speculated for the car including a touchscreen-based iDrive system, Bower & Wilkins Audio System, an i8-like intelligent keyfob etc.

As for the engines, an earlier report has mentioned that new four cylinder, 2-litre units (both petrol and diesel) will be added to the base models, while the larger engines will continue in the range. A V12 (petrol), expected to deliver power close to 600 hp, will sit at the top of the range.

2014 BMW 530d M Sport Review engine image
The engine bay of the next generation 7 series might feature a leather engine cover. Image of a 530d's engine used for illustration only.

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Also, while tackling competition from Jaguar XJ, Audi A8, and Merc S Class, the 7 series could also include an XXL variant to give a tough time to the Mercedes-Maybach models based on the S Class. The car is expected to debut later this year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show, while its Indian arrival is likely to happen in 2016.

Competitors: Jaguar XJ, Mercedes Benz S Class, Audi A8
Expected price: INR 1 crore upwards, ex-Showroom
Launch date: 2015 in Europe; 2016 in India

[Source - BMW Blog]

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