Redesigned flagship sedan requires shape

BMW is operating on a redesign for its 7-Collection and new prototypes have been spotted. The seventh-era flagship is expected to debut in 2022 as a 2023 design.

Earlier we brought you spy shots of a new battery-electric powered variant that may well finish up getting identified as an i7. The most current prototypes are for variants equipped with interior-combustion engines, and just one of them is a plug-in hybrid.

2023 BMW 7-Series spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 BMW 7-Series spy shots – Image credit rating: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The prototypes are heavily camouflaged, primarily their finer facts like the lights, grille and C-pillars. We can spot the layout of the tailpipes in some of the pictures. We can also location a rearward going through camera mounted to just about every of the entrance fenders, and there are far more cameras and sensors visible in the entrance grille. Take note, the top of the grille has been completely masked off and truly sits larger than the headlights, like on the current 7-Series.

Underpinning the redesigned 7-Sequence will be an current version of the current generation’s CLAR system built to assistance multiple powertrain sorts, which includes battery-electrical powertrains as we are going to see in the i7 (the platform also underpins the upcoming i4). A different key transform will be the addition of rear-axle steering, which the rival Mercedes-Benz S-Class introduced for its 2021 redesign.

2023 BMW 7-Series spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2023 BMW 7-Collection spy shots – Picture credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Some form of electrification really should function on every single design in the lineup, meaning we’re probably to see gentle-hybrids offered in addition to plug-in hybrid and battery-electric powered powertrains. A V-8 in moderate-hybrid configuration is a positive wager but the jury is nonetheless out on no matter whether a V-12 will even now be all-around. Having said that, a senior BMW exec as not long ago as 2019 reported the corporation had no plans to abandon the large engine.

There must be new principles for the inside together with a large level of self-driving functionality, judging by all of the exterior cameras and sensors. The inside of the not too long ago unveiled 2022 BMW iX battery-electric powered SUV might hint at some of the features we can hope in the redesigned 7-Series’ cabin. Remain tuned.