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BMW is pushing the envelope again. The superior car manufacturing company announced a new 7-series model that is loaded with never-before-seen, cutting edge features.

The new addition to the luxury sedan line, which is on its sixth generation, was revealed in Munich, Germany during a car show event.

“With each generation of the 7 series we have brought our customers’ needs to the road, adapting accordingly as time moved on,” said Harald Krueger, CEO of Bayerische Motoren Werke. “We are responding to the digitalization of modern mobility.”

Is the German automaker’s latest offering enough to dethrone the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8? Find out below.

It Starts with the Key

BMW’s new 7-series experience starts with the Display Key. The small device boasts a touchscreen panel where owners can control several components of the car from a distance. For example, if you live in a region with harsh winters, the tiny controller could be used to pre-start the heater. The essential accessory charges inside the vehicle. Should you forget to mount the device, an emergency battery ensures your key has enough juice to function until it is secured on the dock.

Lighter Frame

One of the most noticeable changes on the new 7-series model is hidden from the savvy interior. The car is reportedly 440 pounds lighter compared to the previous line. Composed of aluminum, carbon fiber, and steel, the vehicle’s light frame adds to the overall performance and handling.

BMW 2016 7-series gesture control dashboard

Gesture Controls and iDrive 5.0

Individuals have the option to initiate commands using gestures. Several 3D sensors are strategically placed inside the vehicle that senses movements and actions. Using hand gestures, an individual can motion at the dashboard and adjust the volume by moving one’s finger horizontally. Accepting incoming calls is as simple as pointing at the screen. Rejecting a phone call is done by actively swiping in front of the panel.

The company’s iDrive 5.0 infotainment system makes all of these robust features possible. In addition to new controls, the platform also enables wireless charging, voice activation and Wi-Fi. For passengers, a 7-inch Touch Command Tablet acts as a universal remote for the car. It includes settings for navigation, lighting and climate.

BMW 7-series 2016 model rear shot

Release Date and Variants

The 2016 7-series will officially launch in September at the Frankfurt motor show. A month after, the highly anticipated sedan will go on sale. BMW will offer three variants of the model, which varies based on engine capabilities and specs.

To start, the entry-level version includes the BMW 730d and the BMW 730d Xdrive. Under the hood, both vehicles support a 257 horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder diesel engine.

Next, the BMW 740i is considered to be the company’s mid-range model. It is designed to pump out serious power through a 317 horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder gasoline engine.

Lastly, the executive model is the BMW 750i Xdrive. It packs a 444 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 4.4-liter engine. Pricing for the high-end version of the 7-series starts at $97,400.

“Modern luxury is elegant, straightforward and simple,” highlighted BMW design chief Adrian van Hooydonk. “Our cars are meant to move around and be driven.”

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