This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

According to the UK's CAR, BMW's next 7-Series — expected in mid to late 2008 — will be sleeker, more coupe-like and more compactly comported — a departure from the current model's Bangleized pulchritude. Underneath, there's BMW's new, modular architecture, with which it will mix and match parts to create the 5-Series, 6-Series and new, lower-priced Rolls-Royce sedan line. There will also be a hybrid model, sporting the gas-electric powerplant BMW's been developing with odd bedfellows DaimlerChrysler and GM, along with diesels and a range of next-gen direct-injection gas engines. Considerably more prelims await those who click through.

Secret New Cars: New BMW 7-Series [CAR via Autoblog]

BMW 7 Series Spy Photos Show Nice New Jag; BMW's 7-Year Product Plan Exposed? [internal]