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2009 BMW 7-Series Spied!

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The wraps are coming off BMW’s next-generation 7-Series -- and we managed to get some revealing pictures of it near BMW’s Munich headquarters earlier today.

This is first time the Mercedes S-Class competitor can be seen without the heavy cladding that made the elegant sedan look like an ugly military tank. With its huge twin-kidney grille and the wrap-around headlights, the car mimics design elements of the X5 and X6 - but keeps the exclusive character the 7-Series is known for.

Though still disguised with a fake rear spoiler, it is clearly visible that the rear end and especially the trunk lid will become much more elegant compared to the current car’s back. In addition to the exterior updates, BMW will be introducing a new iDrive and – rumor has it – an eight-speed transmission.

The new 7‑Series will make its first public appearance at the Paris show later this year and will arrive as a 2009 model.--Brenda Priddy

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