Caught: New BMW 7 Series Prototype Plays in the Snow

While the current BMW 7 Series watches as Mercedes-Benz prepares to unveil the new S-Class, a recently spied next-generation 7 Series prototype suggests BMW's response won't be far behind. These spy shots of a camouflaged 7 Series prototype in snowy conditions are the first glimpse we have of the premium full-size sedan before a possible 2015 Frankfurt auto show debut.

While the heavily camouflaged test mule doesn’t reveal much of the new 7 Series styling, the final production flagship sedan will likely offer more visual changes to its sheetmetal than the current car got during its 2013-model-year refresh, which was visually limited to a revised front bumper and a a tweaked front grille. To increase fuel economy and improve performance, don’t be surprised to see the next BMW 7 Series make use of lighter materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber, and other composites.

Under the hood of the next-gen 7 Series, we expect turbochared I-6, V-8, and V-12 powertrains as well as an ActiveHybrid model to return with its six-cylinder mild hybrid setup. The eight-speed automatic and available all-wheel drive will likely carry over as well as a high-performance Alpina B7 variant, and with Mercedes-Benz and Audi both offering diesel-powered variants, a diesel 7 Series for the U.S. is a real possibility.

Like the current model, standard and long-wheelbases models will return, but it’s unclear whether a two-door coupe model to battle the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is planned. What do you think the next-gen BMW 7 Series needs to compete in the premium full-size segment?

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