To tide us over, it has uploaded a rather cinematic teaser video highlighting some elements of the design, and some technological additions such as Laserlight headlights and a carbon-fibre core — both of which have been pinched from the i8 plug-in supercar.
BMW’s flagship regular car (the i8 is a different beast entirely) is its answer to the dominant Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the all-new Audi A8, which is also expected to appear this year with a brand new company styling language.
Each of these vehicles serves as a technological leader (or canary in the mineshaft if you’re a bit more cynical) for the respective brands. Features premiered on these range-toppers invariably trickle-down.
Interestingly, BMW detailed some of the new 7 Series’ technological highlights in April this year, and even revealed a couple of disguised images of the car in action. Read more about that here.
Some of the new features to the BMW limo will include:
- BMW EfficientLightweight: vehicle weight reduced by up to 130 kilograms compared to predecessor models, thanks to extensive use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the passenger cell.
- New six-cylinder in-line petrol engine from the BMW Group’s latest-generation of power units; latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology raises efficiency “another notch”.
- Engine power channelled through a further developed eight-speed Steptronic gearbox with optimised internal efficiency, an increased ratio spread and — most interestingly — a gear-change strategy assisted by navigation data, as is offered in the Rolls-Royce ranks.
- New-design standard-fitted Driving Experience Control switch now including ADAPTIVE (self-determining) mode. Plus two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling and Dynamic Damper Control (adaptive dampers) as standard.
- Improvement in ride comfort, dynamics and poise brought about by optional chassis technology; as well as reduced roll by means of electro-mechanically driven stabilisers.
- iDrive operating system gains Touch Display for intuitive operation of numerous functions; display and control unit of the automatic climate control system likewise with touch-sensitive capability.
- World premiere for BMW gesture control: 3D sensor allows intuitive and easy interaction with the infotainment system using pre-defined hand movements.
- Remote control parking using the BMW Display Key. The remote control parking option allows access to extremely tight parking spaces. The driver can prompt the car to enter or exit a parking space fully automatically. The maximum distance that can be covered by the car during driverless manoeuvres in and out of parking spaces is 1.5 times the length of the car.
- Driving Assistant now with additional rear collision prevention and cross traffic warning functions.
- Driving Assistant Plus now includes steering and directional control assistant, as well as Lane Departure Warning Assistant with active side collision protection.
The 2016 BMW 7 Series makes its world premiere this month, ahead of its debut in-the-metal at the Frankfurt motor show in September. It will hit Australian shores either at the very end of 2015 or during the first quarter of 2016.