Next BMW 7 Series previewed

  •  Vision Future Luxury previews 2015 model
  •  Concept car makes use of carbonfibre panels
  •  Cabin showcases new touch-screen and iDrive
BMW Vision Future Luxury concept
BMW Vision Future Luxury concept

This is the BMW Vision Future Luxury, unveiled this week at the Beijing motor show. It gives the first clues to how the next BMW 7 Series will look when it goes on sale in 2015.

As it is a concept car, you can expect some of the more extreme styling to be toned down when the car hits production, including the large front grille, the pillarless, rear-hinged doors and the oversized alloy wheels.

Perhaps the most innovative feature on the car is the use of carbonfibre in the side panels. BMW has already used this strong yet light material in its i3 and i8 electric cars, and its use is expected to be rolled out across the company’s more mainstream vehicles.

The interior also appears to be largely conceptual, with insiders suggesting the design showcases the kinds of materials – including brushed aluminium and wood styles - that 7 Series buyers can expect to see next year, as opposed to a direct indication of the car’s cabin. That said, the touch-screen and new-look iDrive infotainment controller are expected to make production.

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