The 2013 BMW 7-Series (pictured here) was a nice facelift for the luxury sedan, but things are going to get even better when the next generation is released in 2015. BMW will mostly focus on reducing the car’s total weight, allowing the 7-Series to use an intensive new mix of Aluminum and CFRP for the car’s main parts such as the platform, structure, and body panels. Rumors say that the next 7-Series will be about 450 lbs lighter than the current model.
As for the engine line-up, expect to see an updated version of the current line-up, as well as a couple new engines added to the line-up. First, there will be a 730i version powered by a four-cylinder engine with about 260 HP. The 740i will go up to 340 HP and the 750i will get up to 460 HP. There will also be two hybrid versions: one powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the second by a 3.0 liter six-cylinder. BMW will also be offering a new ZF nine-speed automatic transmission, but the current eight-speed gearbox will still be available.
Expect to see the next BMW 7-Series launched sometime in 2015 in both standard and LWB Li versions. Sales will begin in 2016.
Updated 06/17/2013: British magazine AutoCar is ofoffering a offering a few more details on the next generation 7-Series set to be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to the magazine, the model will ditch the current steel monocoque construction and will adopt a structure that combines of steel, aluminum and carbon fiber. This changes will make the 7-Series lighter than previous model by almost 600 pounds. Next to the usual engines BMW will also offer a new six-cylinder in-line diesel version and a new petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain. There will also be a new ZF-engineered nine-speed automatic gearbox. (AutoCar)
The new generation S-Class has just been unveiled on the market and according to Mercedes it is one of the best models ever offered by the company. The model received a revised exterior look with sharper lines, a sportier front fascia, a larger grille and a redesigned rear end. There is also an updated interior with higher quality materials and new technologies.
Under the hood the model offers both gasoline and diesel variants, plus two hybrid versions with output ranging from 258 to 455 horsepower.
gallery: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
In the same time with BMW, Audi is also working on a new generation for the A8 luxury sedan. The new A8 is set to be released sometime in 2016-2017 and according to the first rumors we have the next A8 will also drop the current all-aluminum body in favor of a new "aluminum hybrid" version which will combine high-strength steel and composite materials.