Spied - India-bound 2016 BMW 7 Series starts testing in the U.S.

17/11/2014 - 12:00 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Based on a new rear-wheel drive platform. 

The next generation BMW 7 Series has started its road tests in the United States, ahead of an unveiling which is reported to take place at the Frankfurt Motor Show next year.

2016 BMW 7 Series side spied
The new 7 Series is reported to weigh 200 kg less than the current model.

Based on the new rear-wheel drive 35up flexible architecture, the European media report that the sedan has shed nearly 200 kg thanks to the use of carbon fiber and high-strength aluminium in its construction. Further, this particular architecture will be adopted for successors to the 3, 4, 5 and 6 Series.

BMW would be breaking tradition by offering an entry-level four-cylinder variant on the new 7-er dubbed the 740i, according to reports. This aside, the regular lineup will feature V6 and V8 variants, a flagship V12 variant and plug-in hybrid(s).

The Munich-based luxury carmaker previewed the design of the new 7 Series by way of the Vision Future Luxury Concept at the Beijing Motor Show this year.

2016 BMW 7 Series rear quarter spied
The entry-level variant would make use of a 4-cylinder engine according to reports.

BMW's head designer, Karim Habib, hinted that by using LED technology for lighting, the headlights could be made slimmer and the signature kidney-shaped grille would be larger to give the car a defining presence.

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The 7 Series for India is currently assembled at BMW's Chennai plant by way of CKD kits. This is expected to hold good for the next generation model as well.

Competitors: Jaguar XJ, Mercedes S Class, Audi A8
Expected Price: INR 1 crore upwards, ex-Showroom
Launch date: Early 2016 in Europe

[Spy images from MotorTrend]

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