One example: the car will park itself without anyone at the wheel.
Last week we reported that BMW had a private, invite-only unveiling of its all-new 2016 7 Series to a group of hopeful future buyers in Florida. And now the automaker has given the rest of the world a sneak preview of its new flagship sedan. As expected, it’s packed with an insane amount of high-tech. BMW has now released these images inside and out of a lightly disguised prototype, along with some interesting details before the official premiere.
For starters, the 2016 7 Series will weigh up to 286 lbs. less than its predecessor thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the structure of the passenger cell. Power will come from a new engine lineup that includes a six-cylinder and updated eight-speed Steptronic gearbox. Additionally, BMW claims there’s new and sophisticated precision-honed chassis technology and various chassis control systems, some of which are standard while others are optional. For example, there’s a two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling, electronically-controlled dampers, the latest update of Integral Active Steering system, and the first electromechanically driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilization system.
Inside, the updated iDrive infotainment operating system now features a touchscreen display. There’s also gesture control technology, which essentially detects hand movements with a 3D sensor, thus allowing occupants to control the volume and accept or reject incoming phone calls with a simple hand gesture.
The big sedan will also feature a remote control parking system that can maneuver in or out of parking spots and garages without anyone at the wheel. Like we said in the title, SKYNET now looks like a total piece of crap. Full details and official photos are expected in the very near future.