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.
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.
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.
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
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