New 2016 BMW 7-Series Is 130 Kg Lighter, iDrive Gets Touchscreen [77 Pics & Videos]

BMW has released new information about the next-generation 7-Series luxury sedan, which promises to “set new benchmarks in lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort, intelligent connectivity and operation.”

Thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the structure of the passenger cell, the detailed application of lightweight design and a new generation of engines, the new 7-Series will be significantly lighter and more fuel-efficient.

The model’s Carbon Core body structure helps to reduce weight by up to 130 kilograms (286 lbs) compared to the outgoing generation.

Using lessons learned from BMW i models, the 7-Series features CFRP in the passenger cell areas exposed to heavy loads, increasing torsional rigidity and strength.

The new BMW 7-Series will be equipped with a new generation of engines including a six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology mated to an 8-speed Steptronic gearbox.

Driving dynamics and ride quality are said to be improved, with BMW promising that the balance between the two seemingly contradictory aspects “reaches a level without parallel in the luxury sedan segment.”

That’s because the new 7-Series features two-axle air suspension with automatic self-leveling as standard features, with Dynamic Damper Control also offered as standard. Comfort and driving dynamics are also enhanced by the latest update of the Integral Active Steering system, along with the first electromechanically driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilization system.

Finally, on the tech front, the iDrive operating system’s monitor features Touch Display for the first time, but BMW will continue to offer the rotating controller. The system also gets gesture control for the first time. Another new feature is remote control parking, which makes the 2016 BMW 7-Series the world’s first series-produced car that can maneuver in or out of parking spaces or garages without anyone at the wheel.

As you can imagine, the number of driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive is overwhelming and includes steering and directional control assistant, Lane Departure Warning Assistant with active side collision protection, rear collision prevention and cross-traffic warning functions.

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