Next BMW 7 Series Plug-In Hybrid And Electric Caught In 50+ Spy Shots
This week it’s all about the new Mercedes S-Class if we’re talking about luxury sedans. The long-awaited generation W223 was revealed with traditional powertrains and a plug-in hybrid setup, while yesterday’s spy photos showed the all-electric equivalent – dubbed the EQS. Coincidence or not, BMW has been spotted and set to test the S-Class archival, the 7 Series, with both PHEV and EV setups.
While the EQS will look noticeably different from the S-Class / S-Class Hybrid by adopting a quick heave form, it looks like BMW will not follow the same route. Adjacent bundles of spy footage show that both Series 7 flavors will share most of the design, unless the heavy camouflage plays tricks on us.
The next 7er seems to carry the production body, but we’re inclined to believe that the headlights and taillights are placeholders. Aside from the various alloy rims, you can tell which is which by checking the rear of cars where the plug-in hybrid has a prominent quadruple exhaust setup, which the pure electric model obviously doesn’t need.
In addition, the PHEV version has fuel caps on both rear fenders, one to power the heat engine and the other to recharge the battery. The “Electric Test Vehicle” and “Hybrid Test Vehicle” decals on the front doors and rear bumpers are further clues that we are dealing with two different types of propulsion.
You can tell BMW went the extra mile to disguise the prototypes by checking out the tiny black rivets that hold an extra layer of camouflage in place. A closer look at the side profile reveals what you might be tempted to believe are conventional door handles, but these are just white designs on the camouflage. The actual grips are underneath and we feel they are similar to the i4.
Despite the abundance of camouflage, these prototypes indicate that there will be major design changes compared to the current 7 Series. Some shark nose signals seem to be sticking out of disguise, and we’re getting E38 vibrations here and there. Of course, we’re concerned about the size and shape of the grille, but it’s looking good so far.
BMW has made the effort to even hide the driver’s side door card, leading us to believe the interior is going to undergo massive changes. A radical redesign can be noticed in the new S-Class, which is expected to lend its on-screen heavy interior to the EQS in 2021 when the zero-emission vehicle is scheduled to come out.
Little is known about Bavaria’s new top-of-the-line, although we’ll remind you that BMW has promised to make the electric variant – called the i7 – the most powerful of the bunch. The 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 available in the current M760i is on the way out due to low demand and rising costs to make it comply with strict emissions regulations.
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Judging by the condition of these prototypes, there is still a lot of testing and tweaking to be done. Our money is on a reveal in 2022, with cars possibly arriving in the United States by 2023MY.