The next generation BMW 7-Series (G11) has returned in a revealing shot of the side profile, prior to this year's official debut.

The next generation BMW 7-Series (G11) has returned in a revealing shot of the side profile, prior to this year's official debut.

It was on New Year's Eve when several spy photos of the new and undisguised 7-Series emerged onto the web and now there’s another one providing a look of the side profile which as you can see has received a significant amount of chrome trim. Chances are the model in question is the Luxury Line version while the others won't get as much chrome.

BMW recently announced its new flagship model will lose 130 kg compared to the outgoing model thanks to several bits and pieces made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). It will receive latest-gen six-cylinder engines and a revised eight-speed Steptronic transmission while inside the cabin it's getting a touchscreen iDrive system, representing a first for a BMW. The new 7-Series will also have support for gesture control technology, a remote parking system and a two-axle air suspension equipped with automatic self-leveling.

A full reveal is expected in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with sales to commence by the end of the year.

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