2016 BMW 7 Series - first info

The new BMW 7 Series will be radically lighter than its predecessor and is set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September...

2016 BMW 7 Series - first info

The BMW 7-Series is set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show this year before going on sale in 2016.

What is it?

BMW’s weight-saving new 7 Series that is set to shed up to 200kg over its predecessor through a combination of aluminium, magnesium, high-strength steel and carbonfibre-reinforced plastic.

The Future Luxury concept car shown at the 2015 Beijing motor show gave the first hints of what the 7 Series will look like, and also previewed some of the in-car technology.

Perhaps the most innovative feature on the concept 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.

What engines can I choose from?

The new model will have the choice of turbocharged four, six, eight and 12-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the option of rear or four-wheel-drive.

BMW is also looking at creating a new M7 or M750i M Performance version, and a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid is expected at launch.

What equipment does it come with?

The Future Luxury concept car heavily featured speech recognition with the aim to reduce the number of controls and lessen the dependency on the rotary iDrive controller.

How much will it cost?

There’s no official word yet on what the 7 Series will cost yet, but the out-going model ranges from £60,000 to £100,000.

How good are its rivals?

The new Audi A8, which is also likely to be launched in 2016, will offer strong competition to the 7 Series and is likely to be a key rival.

The 7 Series will also be up against the fantastic new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Can I get a discount?

Savings of up to £25,000 are available on the outgoing 7 Series, so expect some savings to be available on the new model, but they're unlikely to be quite as high as its predecessor initially.