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As Edmunds Inside Line reports, the next BMW 7-Series could be smaller, sportier and less ungainly (or more gainly, if you prefer). The redesign, coming for 2008 (check the possibly official BMW product product timeline for details) will get a major re-sculpting, a more traditionally located shift lever and a "more intuitive" iDrive — all seeming to address critics' jabs individually (a hybrid version is also reportedly planned). Word is the current 7-Series will morph into the new, lower-priced executive Rolls-Royce expected to come in under $200,000.

IL Exclusive: 2008 BMW 7 Series Will Be Smaller, Sportier and a Bit Better-Looking [Edmunds]

BMW s 7-Year Product Plan Exposed?; Rolls-Royce Looks to Crack Lower-Priced Luxury Market; AutoBild Predicts the 2008 BMW 7-Series [internal]