It has been revealed that the next-generation BMW 7-Series will adopt the German marque’s new range of inline six-cylinder engines as part of BMWs new modular engine architecture.

This new engine architecture includes three, four and six-cylinder powertrains both coming in petrol and diesel derivatives. These new engines are promising to not only be more refined than the current BMW engines on the market but will provide even more impressive performance capabilities.

Elsewhere, we know that the 2016 BMW 7-Series will adopt a new chassis combining both aluminium and carbon fibre and could weigh 204 kg less than the outgoing platform.

From a design standpoint, we do expect the new 7-Series to take design inspiration from the BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show a few months ago.

Recently, the interior of the BMW 7-Series was photographed and it featured a very similar dashboard design to the existing 5-Series and 6-Series with it including similar gauges and the same infotainment screen. Of course, the car in question was just a mule meaning many of the interior features could change rather dramatically.

And if the cabin of the new 7-Series is to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it will have to be dramatically improved. After all, the S-Class features two massive 12.3-inch monitors stretching across the dashboard with one acting as the gauge cluster and the other supporting the infotainment functions. It will be interesting to see if BMW adopts a similar electronic cluster for the production-spec 7-Series.

[Via Car and Driver, Picture via Carscoops]


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