2016 BMW G11 7 Series Will Be Unveiled on June 10th

Only a bit over a week separates us from seeing the new BMW flagship in all its glory. The Germans just published a teaser on their Youtube channel saying that the 2016 G11 7 Series will be unveiled on June 10th.
BMW 7 Series Teaser 1 photo
Photo: screenshot from Youtube
That’s exciting news for the BMW crowd, especially since the new car is supposed to bring about a heap of technical advancements. On the design side of things, don’t expect big changes though.

Unfortunately for the Bavarians, one guy managed to snap some photos of the upcoming model way ahead of their plans. He then published them online right on the new year’s eve and ruined a lot of plans. The initial photos showed a car that looks more like a subtle evolution compared to the current model rather than like a completely fresh one.

Getting over this initial thought, under the skin is where the magic will happen. As the teaser shows, the construction of the 7er is made using carbon fiber and aluminum by the plentiful, shedding up to 170 kg of weight between generations.

The engines will be part of the new generation as well, the B-family taking over from now on. 2-liter and 3-liter mills with modular configurations await and we have a sneaky suspicion the former will be used in conjunction with an electric motor for a plug-in hybrid version of the limousine.

Inside the cabin we’ll get the new iDrive system with touch-sensitive displays and a feature that uses a 3D sensor that can recognize our hand gestures to control the infotainment. Augmented reality is rumored to make its way inside the cabin as well which would be a first for the auto industry.

Laser lights and organic LEDs should be available if not from the first year of production, later on in the 7er’s lifespan and so will new materials and individual choices for the cabin.

Unfortunately, production is slated to begin in November so no matter how good it looks or sounds, the 2016 7 Series won’t be available for purchase until later this year. We’re looking forward to its unveiling at Frankfurt in September to see it in the flesh. Until then, we'll get to see it online on June 10.

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