BMW 7-Series Officially Previewed
BMW has officially unveiled a selection of development highlights for the next generation 7-series. The new car will set new standards in lightweight design, driving dynamics, comfort, connectivity and operation. The next generation 7-series, also called the G11/G12 will debut later this year.
The new 7-series has a body structure with carbon core. The carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) used in its core is a taken from the development of the BMW i series. The high strength material is made use in the passenger cell area which is usually exposed to heavy loads. It also helps increase torsional rigidity. The new car weighs 130 kilograms less than the outgoing model. The new car will be powered by a new engine from BMW’s latest generation of power units including a six cylinder in-line petrol engine which will be mated to a further developed version of the eight-speed Steptronic gearbox.
To improve the ride quality and dynamics of the car, BMW have fitted additional chassis control systems. The two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling and Dynamic Damper Control which controls the dampers feature as standard. The dynamics and ride are further improved by the latest Integral Active Steering System along with electromechanically driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilization system.
The iDrive for the car comes with touch screen and gesture control for the first time in addition to Controller. 3D sensors are used to detect hand motions. Gesture control can be set for functions like controlling the volume, and even accepting or rejecting incoming calls. The car also comes with a remote control parking option. This allows drivers to access very tight parking spaces and manoeuvre without anyone at the wheel.
Other new Driving Assistant Systems include steering and directional control assistant, lane departure warning, rear collision prevention, cross-traffic warning functions and speed limit info function which can detect speed restrictions.
Source – GT Spirit