2020 BMW 7-Series: Could This Be The Real Thing?

BMW seems to have a hard time trying to keep the exterior design of the revamped 7-Series a secret until its official debut.

We already saw its front end earlier this week, in what was believed to be a leaked picture, followed shortly by a second one.

Now, BMWBlog has revealed a new set of alleged leaked images, said to have been uploaded by a person responsible for the online configurators.

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Showing the facelifted 7-Series in several configurations, believed to be the 750Li, M760Li, M Sport and Luxury versions, they reveal the exterior design of the luxury sedan from a couple of angles.

Dominating the front end is a massive kidney grille, similar to the one used on the X7. New headlamps, slightly updated taillights joinedby a light strip, and a few other touches round up the exterior makeover. No images of the interior have been uploaded yet, but previous spy shots revealed that the 2020 7-Series will get a new digital instrument cluster and updated infotainment system.

It’s unknown what engines it will use, but reports suggest it could adopt some powertrains from the 8-Series and X7. The usual petrol units will be joined by diesels in the Euro-spec model, while the PHEV and M760Li might be updated.

The website claims that BMW might pull the covers off the revamped 7-Series next week, and it’s very likely that it will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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  • Bob

    Based on comments in another article, BMW is doing a good job of desensitizing people to the pure ugliness of this car. I’m not fooled though.

    • Tumbi Mtika


  • Howfarr
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    • Mike anonymous

      “People seem to love the BIG grilles on the concept vehicles, but put it on a production car and everyone looses their marbles.”
      (Also, I listed the names of the Concept below the image in-case your wondering what the names of the concepts vehicles are, amongst some other things.)


      BMW Concept CS(Designed 2006 – Released 2007)
      BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept(Designed 2013 – Released 2014)
      BMW 328 Hommage Concept(Designed 2010 – Released 2011)

      While I feel at times it can be a BIT excessive (looking at you “iNext” 👀), I do think that for the most part it gives the vehicle character and adds to it a presence (that it may not have with a smaller grille).

      This 7 Series was originally modeled after the “Vision Future Luxury Concept”, so the larger grille would fit the vehicle better (as that was how it was originally designed). Also the problem may not be it’s size, but that it’s just a bit too high up and should be lowered a bit (IMO), But they likely have to accommodate for the position of the pre-facelift 7-Series’ grille & the previously located internals.
      (I happily welcome these changes as I think they are changes the current pre-facelift 7-Series needed). I think there is an appropriate time and place for a large grille (on a vehicle), and I personally think that (while this update (grille and all the other updates (apart from the M package,.. not the biggest fan of that)) may give some mixed feelings,..) the 7 series fits that bill.

      ALSO,.. A few Side Notes…
      I up-voted Howfarr’s comment because I actually thought it was quite funny,…
      … & I REALLY wish BMW would have built the “Concept CS”. It would have made for a nice 7-Seires,.. maybe the next generation,.. maybe the next.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        My marbles are quite tight, thank you.

        • Mike anonymous

          (haha) Is it weird I read that in “Comic Book Guys'” voice (, maybe so). Either way an up-vote for you.

      • atomicbri

        I agree with your assessment on the 7. Honestly I LOVED the 328 Hommage Concept and loved the treatment of the kidney grille on it, I wished it would have been incorporated into the looks of some of their cars. This new large grille look I don’t like, and haven’t liked. Makes it fell cheap for some reason. It’s just too large and sits too high like you were saying and to me loses the essence of BMW.

      • Bob

        It’s weird how just yesterday I was thinking how BMW should start making their 7s look a lot more like the concepts. I haven’t seen anything even closely resembling the concept CS and the resemblance between the current 7 and the Future Luxury Concept is fleeting at best. None of the concepts you’ve put up have done more than inspired a production vehicle.

      • Enter Ranting

        I think the issue is that the designers should stop treating grilles solely as a styling gimmick, and make the grille size appropriate to the needs of cooling the engine. Form follows function.

        • paulgdeaton

          Most grilles these days are no even used for engine cooling; today’s cars are bottom feeders.

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    • paulgdeaton

      Is that the “Dolly Parton” edition?

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    • Cobrajet

      Headlights must be hidden in the grille.

    • Kagan

      They must beat Toyota.

  • Mike anonymous

    This is not the 7 Series as most owners will have it. Rather, this is very clearly the 7 Series with the added “M” Package/Option and is NOT the standard version of the 7-Series .

    I personally don’t mind BMW design, they really have a few ‘gems’ in their line-up (even if there are only a few). From the other photographs I’ve seen, this 7 Series look pretty good. But this “M” Package just seems to ruin the vehicles originally beautiful design (instead opting for ‘excessive sportiness’).

    I Feel as though C.S. is really either trying to convince it’s readers and/or the public that ‘this’ is ‘ugly’ and that ‘this’ is actually what the 7 Series itself (without options) will look like,.. OR they simply have not been paying the greatest of attention to the vehicle through it’s development. Either way, it is clear this is not what it (without the added “M” options) will look like.

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  • cbATL

    The same people that bitch about this, jizz over themselves for a Lexus.

    • donald seymour

      That’s me Sir.

    • Navy Pier Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Sorry, dude! I am bitching about this!

  • Dennis James

    Way too ugly even for BMW, but knowing them lately, new lows are always just around the corner.

  • Tinky-Winky

    double lung grille

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It’s still bad. SHOCKER.

    But somehow. I’m in the minority here.

  • nastinupe

    Oh… that’s ugly. Wow

  • Sjaak

    Big grilles are prescribed by Marketing departments. They are the highly elevated, holy ones in most car companies. Only they know what we want. Period. Good taste belongs to long forgotten decades. Bmw has no Paul Bracq, or Hoffmeister or …… top designers anymore. They hire Pininfarina for a proposal, then exaggarate their proposal and “voila” it is their design (and don’t need to pay Pininfarina anymore). It is pure creative poverty.

  • botornot387

    I actually think it looks really good. Not sure I like how they integrated the light bar in the back. If the powertrains come off the 8 series, then this will be the best iteration of the 7 series in a while.

  • kDawg

    Wow, can you imagine walking by it and getting sucked right into that big ass nose? Not me though, I wouldn’t get anywhere near it cause it’s so ugly.

  • Enter Ranting

    From a time when BMWs were elegant, refined and exuded an understated confidence. These cars had no need for the silly gimmicks that plague today’s BMWs

  • PMB

    I think the BMW 7 E65 is pretty in comparison with this car.

  • Joe E

    Wow, all the baubles and bolt-on styling gimmicks remind me of the Y2K Bonneville! Ghastly!!

    • Bo Hanan

      BMW builds an Audi.

  • Navy Pier Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Wow! It’s ugly!

  • f1300

    That was the prettiest BMW-limo. Ever. That design didn’t age a day, IMHO.

  • maxnix

    Yes, please, the V12 M Sport M760ix

  • Cobrajet

    BMW M7 with the 6.75 liter used in the Phantom.

  • Trim105

    Sorry pre-facelift looks much better. Who thought it would be a good idea to just copy/paste the X7 lights and grille onto the regular 7 series (what because they share the same number? Jeez). Grille looks way too big and awkward for the size and shape of the car.

    • Kagan

      It is our time!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Well it doesn’t look “as bad” as it did in the spy shot but this bigger and bigger grille thing has to stop.

  • baofe

    dude that rear end.. I can’t even tell any more which ones is the old one vs new one

  • LeStori

    Must have hired some Japanese designers…maybe from Toyota!

  • Kagan


  • Kagan

    It was good but maybe not that refined!

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