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      09-16-2006, 09:32 AM   #1
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Spied: 2009 BMW 7-Series

Spied - 2009 BMW 7-Series



Six months ago the world got to see the first pictures of test mules for the next-generation BMW 7 Series, as well as several illustrations.
Now, spy Brenda Priddy has caught the the first pictures of what appears to be an actual 7-Series prototype.
Even under huge fake body panels, we can see that the front end styling will be similar to that of the new 6 Series, and that the overall design will be "toned down a bit."
The new 7-series is not expected to be released until sometime during the 2008 calendar year.

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Looks like BMW may play it safe on the next-gen 7-er. Brookside
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"When the next 7er appears in early 2009. This this will be the most challenging 7er yet.
As well as a regular luxury sedan , a longer wheelbase car will feature different styling - look more elegant ,
luxurious as the standard model will take a more sporting approach .

In design the radical approach is very much in element - snake like eyes surround a widened twin kidney grille .
a strong shoulder line connects the mid section of the body and the rear lights wrap onto the bootlid.
The LWB features larger shaped front lights and a long light strip along the rear trunk lid.
Engines will start from new V8 including twin turbo , petrol and diesel , a new twin turbo V12 and next generation top line diesel engine ,
hydrogen power will also be available from the start of production.

And then finally Because of the proposals of using lightweight efficiency the 7er will be engineered to be lighter than it's previous incarnations.
The new 7er will also commit platform modules that will be shared with the new small Rolls-Royce.

With the advance to make the 7er more lighter the next generation car will eventually herald the arrival of an M7."
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Moving forward in reverse... Very reminicent of previous generations and a vast improvement over the current generation, imho. If the Huckfeldt illustrations are truly illustrative, it will be a truly beautiful car.
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another interpretation....
looks like everyone is reading the tea-leaves and coming up with the same conclusions.
This one exactly duplicates the AutoBild/Huckfeldt cgi.



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We haven't seen the 2009 BMW 7 Series, but we know people who have a good idea of what it's going to look like.
They put together these renderings based on their insider knowledge to give us a peek at what we can expect from BMW's next flagship sedan.

Clear from these pictures, the radical design of the current model has been toned down for the 2009 7 Series.
The 2006 7 Series already softened some of the harder edges that offended so many BMW loyalists, but this design will go even further.

The most obvious difference between this conceptual 2009 7 Series and the current version is the shape of the rear end.
Forget the old Bangle Butt, as it was so callously called, this 7's tail section will have a much smoother design that better integrates into the car's overall lines.
Although the face of the '09 7 Series does not look dramatically different from that of the '06 model,
it appears that BMW will likely replace the current semi-rectangular headlamps with a more elliptically shaped set.
The taillamps also appear to have been altered in keeping with the vehicle's slimmed-down rear end.

As conservative as the '09 7 Series appears on the surface, this next-generation version of the vehicle is expected to house the sort of progressive features beneath its skin that BMW loves.
The cabin will likely feature a wider range of electronic systems with a more user-friendly layout than that of the 2006 7 Series.
The clunky iDrive system will stay, but it will get yet another revision for better usability.

Expect a greater use of active safety features, incorporating everything from cameras to radars in the name of accident avoidance, as well.
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