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BMW 7-series (2009) first pictures

Sat, 05 Jul 2008

By Ben Pulman

First Official Pictures

05 July 2008 00:00

This is BMW’s fifth-generation 7-series, and despite looks inspired by the Concept CS, if we’re honest the new car doesn’t look much different from the old car. Worry not though, as there are plenty of technical highlights to surprise and delight. Rear-wheel steer, Efficient Dynamics technology, night-vision, unrestricted internet access, a revised iDrive system and an all-new 3.0-litre diesel engine stand out.

Longer and lower than the current car, the new BMW 7-series features flatter surfaces and tighter curves that help to disguise its bulk. And while that chrome side strake might look odd, it does break up the long flank of this Bavarian limo.

The obvious new detail is the extra large kidney grille, which BMW says emphasizes the ‘sheer power and width of the car’. Within that new front nsnout you’ll find the gizmos for the radar-guided cruise control that can brake the car to a stop, and then allow it to set off again. If you spec Side View the front bumper also houses two cameras that help you nose out of blind junctions.

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By Ben Pulman