It looks like a mild evolution in disguise …
It’s not easy to tell yet, since car camouflage can sometimes be misleading. What you see here are official handouts from BMW of its all-new 7-series doing it strut at a recent technology workshop.
Code-named G11 in regular form and G12 in long wheelbase guise, as seen here, BMW’s crucial rival for Mercedes-Benz’s all-conquering S-class luxury saloon is set to bow for the in production-ready trim at September’s Frankfurt motor show.
But you might be right about the mild evolution of the 2016 BMW 7-series, in terms of design. Take a close look at these pictures and it appears that the front and rear ends will be closely in line with today’s 5- and 3-series saloons.
BMW has been researching driverless parking for some time, and says its 2016 BMW 7-series will be the world’s first series-produced car to offer the functionality to consumers. Drivers will be able to instruct their vehicles into and out of parking spaces or garages without being at the wheel, using the newly-developed BMW Display Key. In addition to providing access to the vehicle, the key is a remote control for various functions and has an LCD screen for displaying information.
What are those black stripes in the body construction?
That’s where it gets a bit more radical. As you have noted in the picture of the car’s skeleton, the new 7-series will make use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastics to help reduce overall weight by 130kg from today’s model, known by the codes F01 and F02.
Such lightweight technology know-how comes courtesy of the BMW i3 and i8, and enables the new 7-series to have a lighter and stiffer body for better agility and fuel economy.
No dimensions for the G11/G12 have yet been disclosed, although expect them to be competitive against the S-class, as nterior space is a key factor for cars in this class.
New touch display is now operated like an iPad.
Has BMW revealed anything engine-wise?
The new 7-series will be the first BMW to use the brand’s latest 3.0-litre inline-six petrol-turbo engine, code-named B58, in place of the N55 unit still used widely in other models.
The B58-designated motor for the 740i has a crankcase, cylinder head and oil sump made from aluminium. BMW says it is more efficient and offers greater tractability at real-world speeds. It’s being hooked up to a further development of today’s eight-speed automatic transmission.
While the six-cylinder diesel (740d) and eight-cylinder petrol engine (750i) are likely to be carried over into the new 7-series, sources claim that a new plug-in petrol-electric hybrid is set to be included in the line-up.
The potential 740e should be adopting know-how from the X5 xDrive40e, which made its world debut at the 2015 Shanghai International Auto Show last week.
An interesting development should be a four-cylinder variation for the entry-level model. Mercedes-Benz already has a four-pot diesel hybrid for the S300 model.
CFRP body parts reduce overall weight by 130kg.
Are there any novelties in the chassis department?
Yes there are, but not because the current 7-series was a bad car to drive. In fact, it still is a class-act dynamically, but the improvements apparently come in the form of ride comfort — something crucial for cars in this class that the S-class has gotten right.
For the new 7-series, there will be a two-axle air suspension, which can be raised at low speeds to tackle some nasty articulations in parking lots, for example, before automatically returning to its default setting at speeds above 35kph.
A new feature for the familiar drive selector mode is the “adaptive” setting, which automatically adjusts various chassis systems to suit road conditions and the driving style of the person behind the wheel.
In a nutshell, the new 7-series should be an easier car to drive and a more comfortable car to ride in.
The car can park itself via remote control function.
The car doesn’t drive itself?
Oh no, that’s not happening to the new 7-series yet, despite some recent headlines on the progress of self-driving cars.
But there will be myriad driving assist technologies which are now very common in luxury cars. Behind the newly designed three-spoke steering wheel is a TFT screen, the appearance of which can be adjusted. There’s also a central touch display the user can touch, swipe or pinch as they would an iPad.
For the first time, BMW will be introducing the so-called “gesture control”, whereby a 3D sensor control detects what the driver wishes for, like adjusting audio volume or accepting incoming phone calls.
Topping off the list of new gimmicks is remote control function for parking in tight spaces. If you’ve ever thought that Bond cars like the one in Tomorrow Never Dies are loads of rubbish, think again.
Behind the newly designed steering wheel is multi-adjustable display.
Other driving aid technologies featured in the new 7 Series will include a steering and directional control assistant, a Lane Departure Warning Assistant with active side collision protection and rear collision prevention, and cross-traffic warning functions. The Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function will allow users to set the vehicle to the detected speed limit with the push of a button.
Gesture control will be used in the new 7 Series for first time. A 3D sensor in the car will detect hand movements made by the driver, with which it will be possible to control infotainment functions. Turning up or down the volume of in-car audio and accepting or rejecting incoming calls to a user’s smartphone are just two examples of what will be controllable via gesture, but it will also be possible to set up custom gestures and actions. The iDrive infotainment system interface will be operable by touchscreen for the first time, as well as by controller.
The new 7-series will come with smarter chassis tech that automatically adapts to road conditions and driving style.
source : bangkokpost.com | gizmag.com