G11 BMW 7 Series Malaysia 1

The G11 BMW 7 Series has been sighted in Malaysia, again. This time, paultan.org reader Qusyairi Az-Zubaldi sent us a few photos of not one, but two units of BMW’s flagship sedan at the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) centre in Putrajaya.

Based on the photos sent to us, the black 7 Series to sport the 740Li badge (technically the long-wheelbase version or G12). It also appears to benefit from 19-inch wheels and the Design Pure Excellence package. Under the hood of the 740Li, there is a 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six petrol engine paired to an eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission.

As for the grey 7 Series (seen only from the front), the wheels appear to differ in terms of design, which could indicate one of two things. One, Malaysians might have the option of a lower spec 740Li. Or two, this could signal the imminent arrival of the 730Li, a model that was rumoured to be offered for the Chinese market only.

The G12 730Li is likely to feature the same B48 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo mill that be found in the 740Le. In its PHEV configuration, the combustion engine alone produces 258hp and 400 Nm, a couple of more horses and 50 Nm more than the 330i, but less than what can be obtained from the 740Li’s 326 hp and 450 Nm straight-six.

Should this come to be true, it will certainly be good news for premium sedan buyers who are looking at a more affordable 7 Series variant to choose from, should the 740Li be a little too much for their needs.

Beneath the metal of BMW’s latest flagship lies its new Carbon Core skeleton, where a combination of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), magnesium, aluminium and steel is used, resulting in weight savings by as much as 130 kg from its predecessor.

BMW Malaysia has already begun teasing the arrival of the all-new BMW 7 Series with a dedicated website that you can visit here. When the flagship BMW sedan arrives, it will face off against the W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and you can check out our comparison of both models’ lounge seats, here.