BMW has released new details on its upcoming next-generation 7 Series sedan including one particularly amazing feature.
The German automaker wants to set a new benchmark for luxury and technology with the 2016 BMW 7 Series model and has revealed that the new sedan will weigh up to 287 lbs lighter than the current model.
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The weight savings is made possible thanks to the Carbon Core at the heart of the 7 Series’ body structure and is based on technology developed by the company’s i sub-brand. According to BMW, the carbon fiber material also helps increase torsional rigidity and strength on the sedan.
BMW also revealed that the new 7 Series will benefit from a turbocharged six-cylinder engine offering while its handling performance will be enhanced with the first electromechanically-driven Dynamic Drive roll stabilization system.
But the biggest news is that the 2016 BMW 7 Series will be the first production car to be able to park itself using a remote control. The remote control option will allow owners to get out of their vehicles and have the 7 Series park itself in extremely tight parking spaces and can tell the vehicle to enter or exit a parking space fully automatically through the BMW Display Key. The technology is still being discussed with regulators in some countries as BMW works on getting it approved in all markets.
Another first for the 2016 BMW 7 Series will be gesture control, the ability for the car’s infotainment system to understand gestures and the automaker believes it’ll be an industry first. The system uses a 3D sensor to detect hand movements and the gestures can be used for numerous functions including controlling the radio’s volume and accepting or rejecting phone calls.
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