Facelifted 2019 BMW 7-Series Spied In Base And M760Li xDrive Forms

BMW is readying a facelift for its flagship 7 Series sedan. That much we saw when the last spy shots arrived on our desks earlier this year.

The V12-powered M760Li xDrive

In this latest batch we have what we believe to be the range-topping M760Li xDrive, which despite some rumors, will live on, at least for this generation 7-Series. Sitting under the redesigned hood and lights, is a resculpted “M” sport bumper, while our spies tell us that the kidney grilles seemed to be active to improve the performance limo’s aerodynamics.

The massive 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12, which in its current state, produces 601 horses and 590 lb-ft of torque for a 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, isn’t expected to be tinkered with in terms of performance, but it could benefit from emission improvements.

But the twelve-cylinder performance model (pictured above) won’t constitute the bulk of the 7 Series sedans that BMW will sell. This will.

Captured in “standard” (non-M) specification while undergoing testing, the other two prototypes give us at least an idea of what the Bavarian manufacturer has in store for its big saloon.

More of a facelift than a comprehensive replacement, the revised 7 looks poised to gain a larger grille like that seen on the X7 concept. The production version of that crossover will sit alongside this sedan and the 8 Series Coupe at the very top of BMW’s growing lineup. The latter will debut on June 15.

The mid-life facelift (or as BMW calls it, LCI) will bring new tech features into the 7-Series, as well as an overall more distinctive exterior design. Changes will include new headlights and taillights that will probably get a thinner profile, the aforementioned new kidney grille and redesigned front and rear bumpers.

Prettier on the outside, more high-tech on the inside

Expect BMW to apply more revisions inside – especially to its infotainment and driver-assistance systems – all to help it secure a larger slice of that big luxurious pie.

The cabin of BMW’s flagship sedan will feature the latest version of the iDrive infotainment system, possibly with a bigger touchscreen display, as well as the all-new configurable digital instrument cluster that was previewed a few days ago. BMW will also update the list of trim and upholstery options, further boosting the 7-Series’ appeal to high-end customers.

Updated engine range, including “redeveloped” 4.4-liter V8

We don’t know much about the changes in the engine range department, but it’s safe to expect the facelifted 7-Series to use the latest powertrains with the 8-Series. The range will include a redeveloped 4.4-liter V8 with 523hp (530PS) and 553lb-ft (750Nm) of peak torque, with the rest of the six-cylinder engine gasoline and diesel options to be updated for lower emissions and better performance.

The German automaker introduced the current 7 Series (internally designated as G11) in 2015, only shortly after Mercedes launched its current segment-leading S-Class sedan (which itself underwent a similar update just last year).

This round of revisions ought to help Munich fend off advances from rivals like the Audi A8 and Lexus LS, both of which have recently launched in all-new iterations. Also-rans like the Jaguar XJ and Maserati Quattroporte, however, were launched in 2009 and 2013, respectively, and have since grown a little long in the tooth.

Expect the revised BMW 7 Series to arrive sometime next year as either a 2019 or 2020 model.

Additional reporting by Michael Karkafiris. New photos have been added to the article as well

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Image Credits: CarPix, S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • lagunas3ca

    That is one bland side profile.

    • Moveon Libtards

      BMW. Nothing to see here. Same as always.

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Yawn…..

    • Navy ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      You must be a Benz fan?

      • PK

        i’m a bmw fan but i’m with jesse here. this 7 series is a bust! like the facelift can make any difference against the s class.

        • Jay

          I guess but the BMW is less expensive so i dont know about bust. N the S class is way less sporty in many ways. I think it has two different audiences.

          • PK

            but luxury over sportiness these days since i see the s class more than the 7 series for obvious reasons.

          • Jay

            But again probably not hurting BMW. Plus the current S has been around way longer than the current 7

          • PK

            that’s not even a excuse. bmw had like 2 years to plan the design the current 7 series. the exterior is like wtf and the interior is nothing but 3 series in steroid. epic fail.

          • Jay

            lol what? You lose all credibility with this statement. You’re obviously just a fan and not an owner. What excuse are you even talking about? I am saying the timeline is why you see more S classes as Merc has been on the road for 2 years longer. And are you kidding have you sat in a current f30 3 series vs a g11 7 series? yikes with this reach. Epic Hyperbole keyboard warrior.

          • PK

            oh i test drove it alright. tbh it didn’t feel special.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Who is the valet driving it? Joyride!

  • Sri Muruga

    Why are they still bothering to make this? Come 2020 they’ll have the much better looking BMW 8 series gran coupe in their lineup

    • Nordschleife

      Well, the 7 series was first and it speaks to a different customer than what the 8-series Gran Coupe would speak to. I am sure the 8 series will be the more sportier of the two cars.

    • Brent Morrison

      Because they sell well

      • Gary

        Actually in subjective terms for its class, it does not sell well. MB has sold upwards of 3x as many S Class in a given month. The CT6 as well is consistently selling better than the 7 Series.

        • lagunas3ca

          The CT6 is $30K cheaper than the 7 Series.

    • Jay

      and the 8 series is like 100k+ no? thats a bg difference in price.

  • lagunas3ca

    Look at the door handles on this large luxury car and you’ll know why the Model S outsells the 7 Series 3-to-1.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Probably because it’s cheaper than the 7 series. That might be the main reason Same reason why the 7 series sells more than the RR Ghost.

    • Cobrajet

      The Model S doesn’t have the same level of luxury the 7 series has.

    • pjl35

      yup, cuz that’s what people buy cars for…the door handles.

    • botornot387

      The Model S only outsells the 7 series for one reason: it competes in many segments. It fights against the 5 series, 6 series, and 7 series. If Tesla created a model in each of those categories, it would have a more even split. There you have your answer.

    • Brent Morrison

      Because of Tesla’s Reality Distortion Field

    • 2sfhim

      Not in the same category so can’t be compared.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    it think it looks marginally better than the new Audi A8. But so far, the S-Class is the best looking car in it’s class.

  • pjl35

    That grille looks ridiculous.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Copy and paste taillights and grille for refreshed design language.

  • UrbanizeCompton

    Yes i agree for the most part except i think MB hit it out of the park with the interior and exterior of the S. I remember seeing the first spy shots of the 2015 updated 7 series and being so underwhelmed with the design and how “usual” it looked for an all new model. Lets see if BMW can mend their wrongs this time.

  • CBV2020

    It’s almost as if the spirit of BMW design lies in the nose, that kindey grille. Everything feels a bit restricted in design flexibility because of its relationship with that aesthetic. Imagine an American female pop star trying to take her career to the next level with the same nose she came into the industry with. Usually doesn’t work. Now imagine a botched job where the nostrils get bigger and her eyes more squinty! L.A. may be her only true home.

  • imageWIS

    I’m so happy they got rid of the hockey stick.

    • Jay

      doesn’t look like they did, and i dont mind it.

  • Bob
  • Yilmaz Yasar

    finally has biggest kidney and similar design as vision luxury concept. now 7 series looks like bold, agrresive and domestic flagship sedan.

  • klowik

    I think the 8-series front grille is too sporty for the normal 7 series sedan. It might still look good on smaller 3 or 5 series but not the 7 series.

  • JustSomeDude

    VERY NICE!

  • JustSomeDude

    A 7 needs to be in your face, not look like a bloated 5. This new nose should do the trick…

  • Matthew Boyd

    I love how AMG continually trolls everyone testing on the ring.

  • Brent Morrison

    Do you even own any of these cars? No? Then your opinion doesn’t matter to BMW or Mercedes.

    • assassingtr

      Your opinions never matter either but we still have to read them Brent.

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