Latest G11 next gen 7 Series spy pics

by Tim Jones on August 21, 2014, 2:14 pm
G11 7 series spy pics

With the launch of the G11 next generation 7 Series coming soon BMW has been out testing prototypes again. In previous pictures the body was heavily camouflaged with the swirly paint and fake body panels. This prototype appears to be running production, or near production body work. One of the key improvements over the Fxx BMW models is the hood line. Most likely by utilizing high tech materials BMW was able to move the hood line forward eliminating the ugly straight cut hood.

G11 7 series spy pics

The sizing falls in line with the current F01 7 series, and styling is expected to be inline with the current 3 and 5 series. The clear outline of a typical kidney grill crushes the hopes that the new 7 would have styling from the Concept BMW Vision Future Luxury. While totally unrealistic, the idea of coach doors (suicide) for the rear was enticing.

G11 7 series spy pics

With styling being a mixed bag with nothing out of the ordinary the big changes will come in the way of construction, weight savings and technology. The 7 series ushers in a new platform technology that will underpin the 7 and 5 as well as other future models. Code named 35up the modular platform will be made with a mix of high strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber. The 35up gives BMW a shared architecture and dramatic weight savings. Rumors are that the new G11 will weigh less then the current F10 5 series.

Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG comments on the G11 7 Series construction -

BMW i is the spearhead of innovation within the company, with lightweight construction playing a central role. We are now also applying this expertise to other series models. Customers already appreciate the carbon-fiber roofs in our BMW M models. I can also reveal that we will use carbon fiber in the next BMW 7 Series. Its low weight will set a very high standard for the segment.
We haven't seen much of the interior yet, a few photos have suggested the iPad stuck to the dash nav screen will be brought over from the 3 series. Love or hate the look, the location is optimal for driving. If the aggressive exterior looks are not transferring over from the Future Vision concept perhaps some of the interior elements will. Otherwise the G11 seems to be heading down a very bland road.

The 7 Series will break cover at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2015 and go on sale late in 2015. Is the next generation G11 7 Series on your radar for your next car?

G11 7 series spy pics
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8 responses to Latest G11 next gen 7 Series spy pics

chrischeung commented:
August 21, 2014, 2:46 pm

Originally Posted by tim330i View Post
Otherwise the G11 seems to be heading down a very bland road.
Bland Road is the major street in Beijing. With China being the largest market for the 7 series, what they like most counts.
kimg9582 commented:
August 21, 2014, 4:06 pm

Looks as expected by following the 3 series profile. The evolutionary lines look clean.
bmdubya1198 commented:
September 1, 2014, 10:09 am

Oh, we're at G now. Nice lines on that car, I just hope I won't be disappointed like with the i3 and 2 Active Tourer.
J750 commented:
September 1, 2014, 2:53 pm

The engineers have their work cut out for them. It's going to be very hard to beat the new S-class. BMW better not disappoint.
September 1, 2014, 3:33 pm

I am glad to see they are changing the hood line. I am not too thrilled with the current hood line, which looks boxy and not well put together.

I am not glad that the iPad glued to the dash may be adopted for the interior.

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tedb1965 commented:
September 6, 2014, 8:51 pm

My F10 550i xDrive Msport lease ends in Dec '16. I am hoping that the new 7 is a car that I want to lease and is fun for a big car to drive.

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March1916 commented:
September 8, 2014, 6:16 pm

If it's gonna look like a BIG 3 series, I'm gonna pass and I've owned the 7 since 2000.
Bimmer32 commented:
September 8, 2014, 9:15 pm

Originally Posted by tedb1965 View Post
My F10 550i xDrive Msport lease ends in Dec '16. I am hoping that the new 7 is a car that I want to lease and is fun for a big car to drive.

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It looks like a stretched and swooping big car.