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2016 BMW 7 Series: New luxury for a new generation (pictures)

BMW makes a big luxury play with its all-new 7 Series, offering a large, executive roller with air suspension and rear-seat amenities.

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BMW gives its 7 Series flagship sedan a complete redesign for the 2016 model year.

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The new 7 Series will be offered as the 740i, 750i xDrive and 740e xDrive in the US.

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The 7 Series kidney grille, a BMW hallmark, gains active shutters, closing to allow better aerodynamics when the engine needs less cooling.

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The 750i xDrive gets this 4.4-liter V-8 engine with twin-scroll turbochargers. The 740i relies on a 3-liter inline six-cylinder engine with one twin-scroll turbo, and the 740e xDrive gets a hybrid drive system.

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Carbon fiber used in the structure around the cabin let BMW shave 190 pounds off this model over the previous generation.

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BMW gives its front fender vents, a now standard styling cue on other models, a unique treatment on the 7 Series.

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LED head- and fog-lights come standard on the 7 Series.

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Air suspension front and back, combined with adaptive dampers, should create a smooth ride.

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BMW seems intent on making the rear seat as comfortable as the front.

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BMW adds Comfort Plus and Adaptive driving modes to the 7 Series, the latter using sensors to adapt the drive components to the driver's style.

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Rear-seat passengers can take advantage of a dedicated tablet called Touch Command tied into the car's infotainment system.

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A large greenhouse, the windows around the cabin, looks to give occupants a good bit of light and visibility.

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BMW squares off the rear of the car and gives the tailpipes a geometric treatment, accentuating performance.

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Cameras visible on the mirrors hint at the surround-view camera option. The car also offers automated parking.

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The Hofmeister kink, BMW's signature styling cue, is still in evidence at the rear of the side window, although it looks more rounded than in past generations.

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