BMW has released a number of technical details about the 2016 BMW 7 Series. The company aims to create new benchmarks in lightweight design, driving dynamics, connectivity features, operation and comfort with the sixth-generation model.
Thanks to the EfficientLightweight strategy, the body structure with a Carbon Core based on technologies borrowed from the BMW i models makes the new-generation range much lighter than the outgoing-generation. The company has extensively used carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the structure of the passenger cell, thus allowing for significant weight reduction. The whole structure is not made of this material though. Lightweight material has been used very strategically to ensure strength of the structure apart from weight reduction. The company claims that the MY2016 range will be up to 130 kg lighter than the outgoing one.
The engine options will include an inline six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine. Although official details about this engine have not been released, it will most likely be an iteration of the company’s 3.0-litre inline-six turbocharged petrol engine. The new TwinPower Turbo engine will be matched to an improved 8-speed Steptronic gearbox.
The chassis technology which is tuned for utmost precision and the peripheral chassis control systems (standard or optional) enhance the driving dynamics and ride quality. The new-generation model features two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling as standard. The electronically controlled dampers further enhance the driving dynamics. The ride quality and comfort has been improved with updated Integral Active Steering. The all-new model also features the first electromechanically driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilisation system while the newly designed Driving Experience Control switch offers a new, ADAPTIVE drive mode. It’s somewhat similar to the Magic Body Control with Road Surface Scan feature offered on the latest-generation S-Class; with this setting chose, the vehicle set-up adapts itself as required by the driving style and character of the road.
For the first time, the iDrive infotainment system comes with a touchscreen display and gesture control. Coming to the feature that will be a really great unique selling point of the all-new model, there’s a remote control parking feature. This will be the world’s first mass-production car that will be capable of manoeuvring itself in or out of parking spaces/garages without requiring anyone at the steering wheel. The BMW Display Key offered on the i8 will also be offered with the all-new 7-Series. Using this key, the driver can command the car to enter or exit a parking space fully automatically. BMW presented these technologies at CES 2015.