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Next BMW 7 Series spied in SA

2008-02-19 08:00

Next BMW 7 Series caught in the Southern Cape

It might be disguised from nose to tail but our exclusive spy photos give a peek of what the next BMW 7 Series will look like. It was caught by a Wheels24 reader near the Wilderness in the Southern Cape.

The all-new 7 Series will be unveiled towards the end of 2008 with sales kicking of in 2009. We expect that it will be a similar size to the current model while BMW will clean up some of its controversial styling.

The 2009 7 Series gets a new platform too with an internal designation of F01.

BMW will increase interior space as the car will have a longer wheelbase, however, without gaining much length.

Anyone hoping for a complete redesign will be disappointed. The prototype caught in the Wilderness reveals that the overall shape is similar to the existing model, which means that the design will be evolutionary.

But the body will look sleeker and the 7 will boast a more elegant overall appearance.

At the front one can expect a more prominent kidney grille, while the position of the headlights and turn signals show that the next 7 series will have low mounted wrap-around headlights.

The distinctive boot design of the current 7 Series appears unchanged. Though there will definitely be a fresh taillight design to play down the car's bulky rear end,

Like the current 7 Series, there will be the usual range of V8 and V12 engines. BMW will probably also launch the next 7 Series with alternative-fuel options or hybrid technology.

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