2016 BMW 7 Series Interior Spied for the First Time

BMW is working hard at developing and putting into production the upcoming version of the 7 Series, codenamed internally G11/G12. Fortunately for us, our spy photographers are also working hard at catching every possible detail about it before it is officially unveiled and today, we’re pleased to show you the first shots of the interior.
2016 BMW 7 Series Interior Spyshots 9 photos
Photo: SB Medien
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After meeting the Vision Future Luxury concept and seeing what BMW is planning to use on the upcoming models, we are actually hoping to see a new interior design on the 2016 flagship, one that would set the tone for the next decade and bring a touch of the 21st century as well.

It’s no secret that BMW is currently lagging behind its competitors in this department. Their interior might use the best materials available but they are certainly boring and showing their age more than ever.

As you can notice, the new model seems to go for a new gearshift lever design, one that looks like an evolution from the current one for the 8-speed automatic gearbox, inspired by the one used inside the i8. It looks taller and a bit wider at the same time.

However, the rest of the center console looks the same, even though it’s covered by all sorts of camouflage. Sure, there might be some nice details hidden inside there but the overall shape is basically the same and doesn’t seem to host any kind of display as we’ve seen on the concept.

Another new design cue we’ve noticed refers to the center air vents that seem to have evolved as well, hosting what seems to be the Active Safety button with a new look as well.

The steering wheel, on the other hand, is basically unchanged, looking like it came straight off an M Performance car. Judging by the stripped down steering column, things are definitely not going to remain this way for the production.

Inside a 7 Series, most people will sit in the back, as this is one of the preferred cars by executives around the world. Speaking of which, not much seemed changed in the back either. The rear seatbacks seem to have a new design, similar to the one used on the 6 Series Gran Coupe and the new X6, going for a more exclusive look.

Other interesting details are the bigger iDrive display on the dash and the instrument cluster that seems to be fully digitalized. Changes don’t seem to be all that huge for now but bare in mind that this is an early prototype and BMW has plenty of time to make it brand new.

The G11/G12 models will be developed with a focus on shedding weight in all the right places, using CFRP and aluminum in every way possible. The aim is to reduce the weight by at least 100 kilos compared to the outgoing F01 model.

The engines used will, most likely, be exclusively part of the B-series engine family that have interchangeable parts in proportion of up to 40 percent. This could also be the first 7er to use a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the V12 6-liter plant might be in danger. A plug-in hybrid is also expected.
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