BMW’s answer to the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class should be arriving sooner than later. A BMW 7 Series test mule was recently caught by a spy photographer, and while its headlights are partially exposed, there’s still very little known about the upcoming flagship.
It’s been more than a year since a 7 Series prototype was last spotted. This time around we can see partially exposed headlights that appear production-ready. The current 7 Series comes with standard xenon headlights with all-LED units available as an option, though there’s a good chance the next-gen model will follow the S-Class’ lead and switch to standard LED lamps. Overall, the headlight housing appears narrower, as does the twin-kidney grille, though that may be due to the camouflage. The side is too concealed to spot any dramatic changes and the rear end is still sporting a dummy set of taillights.
As previously reported, the next-gen 7 Series is expected to ride on BMW’s new 35up flexible architecture. The 35up chassis should also underpin all future rear-drive models including the 3, 5, and 6 Series. With BMW’s current focus on weight reduction, the new 7 Series could showcase a mixture of lightweight materials like aluminum and composite. Turbocharged powertrain options should include an inline-six, V-8, V-12, and a hybrid model. BMW introduced the 740Ld xDrive diesel to the U.S. a few months ago, so we expect an oil-burning engine to return for the new flagship.