Wow, stop the presses. Looks like someone at BMW screwed up and let the all new BMW 7-Series get photographed without any body cladding.
Here is a single profile photo of the upcoming 7-series which shows both the standard 7 and the long wheelbase version.
It is true that over the years, the current 7-series went from ugly duckingling to pioneer, with many industry leaders eventually copying the infamous bangle-butt. But flattery aside, it is evident that BMW will not repeat that design language and is moving into a more flowing type of design.
Many industry reports have already signaled the front end design of the new 7-series will follow the BMW CS design presented in Shanghai, but now we get an idea of what the rest of the car will look like. It will retain the current 7-series form, in a smoothed out version. The pillars are relatively thinner and more sloped, the C-pillar appears … CONTINUED
These brand new sketches seem to be inline with the media rumors that the next 7-series, which has been spied in heavy body clad form driving around germany, to follow many of the design themes of the recent BMW Concept CS. The car will share a similar face to that car, the body does remain more inline with the current 7-series, in order to maintain the optimum passenger comfort and visibility.