BMW presents its new 7 Series

Andrew Hopkins

BMW presented its new 7 Series at the L.A. Auto Show in good time for current discussion about innovation and progress in the area of more ecological cars. A new diesel concept could mean that the 7 Series is soon also equipped with diesel engines.

L.A. only saw the presentation of the latest model with its 4.4 V8 twin-drive engine, which accelerates from 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, but it is expected that BMW will soon be expanding the 7 Series concept. A gas-fuelled engine with a consumption of 94 mpg will then follow if the experts have their way.

BMW also made it known that plans for a hybrid version of the 7 Series have already been developed and that production could start within one year. The ActiveHybrid is to be presented at the Paris Auto Show.

Visually, the new 7 Series doesn't stand out at first glance, but a longer look can be very persuasive indeed. The sides have a fold line at the height of the door handles, to incorporate these into the design. This helps to conceal the fact that that the door handles seem larger than usual.