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Say hello to BMW’s next-generation executive limousine, the 2009 new 7-series.

Our European photographers snapped the car at the firm’s Munich headquarters this morning, and it’s the first time the Mercedes S-class beater can be seen without the heavy cladding that so far made the elegant saloon looking like an ugly military tank.

2009 BMW 7-series

With its huge twin-kidney grille and the wrap-around headlights the car mimics design elements of the X5 and X6 but keeps the exclusive character the 7-series is known for.

2009 BMW 7-series

Though still disguised with a fake rear spoiler, the rear end and especially the boot lid will undoubtedly become more elegant compared to the current car’s back.

2009 BMW 7-series

In addition to the exterior updates, BMW will be introducing a new iDrive and – rumour has it – an eight-speed transmission (in order to shut Lexus up).

2009 BMW 7-series

The new 7‑series will make its first public appearance at the Paris Show later this year and will arrive as a 2009 model.




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