New BMW 7 Series edges closer to production

28 Aug, 2014 2:50pm Jordan Bishop

The all-new BMW 7 Series has been spied testing in heavy camouflage

The much-anticipated next-generation BMW 7 Series has once again been snapped by our spy photographers, this time out and about on a suburban shakedown.

We last saw BMW’s flagship saloon undergoing winter testing in Sweden, and these latest images don’t really tell us anything new when it comes to design. Despite the heavy disguise, this prototype doesn’t appear to depart much from the current model’s profile and wheelbase, although we expect the 7 Series to get a heavily revised, lightweight platform.

BMW 7 Series rear

Up front, BMW has ditched some padding, revealing a more compact, streamlined look for the next 7 Series, including slimmer headlights and redesigned kidney grilles. Attempts to shed bulk are also evident in the test mule’s slightly shorter rear overhang, more tapered roofline and narrower-looking bootlid.

Under the bonnet there’ll be an updated range of turbocharged petrols and diesels – including some form of the range-topping V12 – with a plug-in hybrid variant rumoured to be in the pipeline, too.

In a bid to take the game to the Mercedes S-Class, you can also expect BMW to kit the 7 Series out with the latest in-car tech. Alongside new active and passive safety systems, this should include the latest iDrive infotainment system, complete with enhanced connectivity. 

We’ll have to wait a little while yet to know for sure though, as the new BMW 7 Series isn’t due to debut until late next year.