2020 BMW 7-Series Flagship Sedan Goes Official With Bold Update

Following a number of pretty revealing leaks, BMW has officially unveiled the facelifted 7-Series.

The revamped flagship sedan sports redesigned the front and rear fascias that are supposed to give it a bolder look that’s inspired from the latest Bavarian models.

The elephant in the room

Of course, we can’t talk about the design of the new 7-Series without mentioning that front kidney grille which is the biggest, and most controversial, change.

Compared to the outgoing model, the new 7-Series’ kidney grille is bigger by 40 percent, featuring a single-piece surround trim and accompanying a 50mm taller front end for a more imposing stance.

The new kidney grille is flanked by redesigned headlights which are now slimmer, creating a “stylistically appealing contrast” – according to BMW, that is. The rear end gets thicker chrome surrounds for the tailpipes and 35mm slimmer LED taillights that feature red and black surfaces. The taillights are connected via a very slim LED light strip that runs across the full width of the car.

As before, BMW will offer the 7-Series with two wheelbases, with the LWB adding an extra 14cm between the axles for even more room in the rear. However, both the standard 7-Series and its LWB sibling are now 22mm longer than their predecessors (5,120mm and 5,260mm respectively), while width and height remain unchanged.

The luxurious cabin has become even quieter, thanks to revisions and refinements around the rear wheel arches, B-pillars and seatbelt outlet covers in the rear, while the side and rear windows now feature thicker glass.

What’s changed inside

Also new is the steering wheel that features a modified arrangement of the multifunction controls. The infotainment system is BMW’s latest Operating System 7.0, which combines a 12.3-inch instrument cluster with a 10.25-inch touchscreen control display and the Intelligent Personal Assistant. Rear passengers can get a pair of 10-inch full-HD touchscreen displays with a Blu-ray player.

Updates under the hood

In the engine range, BMW ha, as expected, added the newly developed 4.4-liter V8 that debuted in the 8-Series and puts out 523hp (530PS) and 553lb-ft (750Nm) of torque in the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive models. The highlight, however, is the updated plug-in hybrid 745e, which uses a new inline six powertrain with a combined output of 388hp (394PS) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) of torque and an all-electric range between 33 and 36 miles (54 and 58km).

The range-topping M760Li xDrive still uses a 6.6-liter V12, which has been updated with a gasoline particulate filter. Its 577hp (585PS) and 626lb-ft (850Nm) are enough the send the heavyweight 7-Series from 0 to 62mph (100km/h) in 3.8 seconds and to a de-restricted 189mph (305km/h) top speed.

European customers will also get to choose between three versions of a 3.0-liter straight-six diesel. Base 730d models feature a single turbocharger, producing 260hp (265PS) and 457lb-ft (620Nm) of torque. The 740d comes with twin turbos, 316hp (320PS) and 501lb-ft (680Nm) of torque. The most impressive diesel variant remains the 750d, with its four turbochargers, 394hp (400PS) and 560lb-ft (760Nm) of torque.

All variants of the new BMW 7-Series come with adaptive suspension as standard, with customers getting the option of rear-wheel steering for better handling and agility.

 

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  • Richard Taylor

    Yeah. Why not? For better or worse, Audi and Merc have traditionally had much more striking designs than BMW. I’m pleased to see some cues that are a bit bolder. Can’t see how a bigger grille is going to rock the world.

  • cbATL

    If you think this is offense, Toyota/Lexus shouldn’t even be in business.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      The Spindle Grill is better than this.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I like it, it’s an improvement over what it was before.

  • DaruniaG

    Looks like a proper douchebag car now

    I like it

    • cbATL

      Have you pre-ordered?

      • DaruniaG

        I’m not a douche lol

        • cbATL

          TBD.

  • NeoShark

    IMO better looking than A8, inside and out, but hope next generation doesn’t have a grille on the hood lol

    • salamOOn

      its not that hard to look better than current A8….

  • Mike anonymous

    I went ahead (took some time from my day) and decided to properly “FIX IT. Many people may continue to complain about the grille, but I personally believe it is an improvement over the previously outgoing model. It also resembles the BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept that came out back around 2013/2014 (also pictured below). I didn’t exactly think this facelift was perfect, but (in addition to this NOT being a completely new model), I believe it will certainly do the job… But I personally believe my finals statement below (at the end of my post) sums it up best.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63b02efdd73bfab913d7e1cfb6d405033d357be4f0b2cbab969d31cf8f0242ed.png

    Now BMW, in my personal opinion, is really giving us a great and proper update with this new 7 series, BUT they are limited in what they can do, due to this being a facelift. Meaning that (because they have to account for where body panels, etc were all located on the pre-facelift model, ) things may be disproportioned.

    Maybe people in my opinion forget about the BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept, that many were raving about when it came out. When BMW reveled the new 7-series in 2016, many people (myself included) were quite disappointed with the results as we had been expecting something more in line with the VFLConcept we were promised. Note the similarities in the lower bumper of the vehicle & other elements.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e471e6a3fce9ee57784458111bf3ed9b54dd22bffdb556b74d5fcc67d0097f5.png

    THIS FACELIFT IN MY OPINION IS BMWS’ WAY OF GIVING PEOPLE (customers) WHAT THEY WERE ASKING FOR. So I believe they should not be scrutinized for trying to do at the very least that (with this vehicle). BUT (while I don’t blame them 100% for it), many elements of the vehicle miss the mark, and the execution is about a C+ or B-. With this, I decided to take time to fix what I believe needed to be fixed. (Brought down the grille a bit, elongated the headlamps, and thinned them ever so slightly (also re adjusting their position, & lastly fixing the hood.)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e9ca80a93543e234f4260b86e2fe742657fae1364ae6c9d024fdb9551df4761.png

    I think people will be FINE with a big grille.

    It’s not the size,. But rather the implementation. (With this) Implementation & EXECUTION are what make all the difference.

  • StrangerGP

    So Mercedes and Audi have traditional looking limousines, BMW and Lexus have controversial looking ones. There should also be something for people wanting a little of both. Volvo S90 seems to be the only car I could think of.

    • Rivaldo

      S90 isn’t a rival for S, A8, 7 series, is in the same class with E, A6, 5 series.

      • PK

        BMW = FC Barcelona

        Mercedes Benz = Real Madrid

      • Cobrajet

        Even if it not in the same class. The S90 is still the flagship for Volvo, so they try to make it rival and the most luxury they can.

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s growing on me and the commercial helped. The Merc still looks better though.

  • K X J I ⚪️

    It needs a bigger grill.

  • ctk4949

    Bucktooth!!!!

  • ctk4949
  • Alex AJ

    That grille looks like a photoshopped joke.

  • TheHake

    That grille does look like a joke. And the digital dash is still not up to par with the Merc/Audi.

    • S3XY

      And those dashes are nowhere close to Tesla’s.

      • TheHake

        Tesla Schmesla

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    The BMW 7 series Parody Edition.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    It is almost like they want everyone to buy an S Class.

    No wonder why it sells poorly compared to the S, this isn’t going to help. What an abomination.

  • FoxJ30

    BMW already has cars with giant front grilles and vertical slats. They’re called Rolls Royces.

  • Kash

    Meh. Wouldn’t really call it bold, they made the grille a little bigger and connected the tail lights. Personally the full width lights don’t work on this BMW, but that’s just me.

    Most people are overreacting simply because of the grille and it’s gotten the point that everyone is bandwagoning by saying “Oh my god grilles are getting so big these days! When will it be enough!?” and it’s just gotten old. It’s about as annoying as people saying “Ford: Fix or repair daily” etc. Like if that’s all you’ve got to criticize then you’ve got nothing.

  • ZYGIUS
    • Mike anonymous

      I made a modification/rendition similar to this below (vvvvv). I think you’d like (or appreciate) it.

  • vaybach khan

    Gorgeous car !

    They stepped up with their design!
    Imagine 760li alpina b7 green…

    S class sucks ass compared to this one!

  • Vassilis

    On looks alone I’d easily have an S-Class or an A8.

  • erly5

    Most midlife facelifts are barely noticeable these days so at least this bucks the trend. I thinks it looks good in high spec trim but not so sure the grille will work so well on the lower trims with smaller wheels.

  • Blade t

    Stepping up their interior game,,looks nice..

  • Steve

    Greetings from Bugs Bunny!
    Do BMW Designers have their eyes open when they work?
    This is so ridiculous! There is not even space for the license plate below those monsters.
    The interior is just a smorgasbord of parts without any design intention.
    I had and have many BMWs but ever since the E38 things get more and more awful.
    But I guess it fits the swank mentality of today’s world…

  • Sybill Julian

    ugh… what a pain to see that grille

  • S3XY

    That is the most hideously generic sedan I’ve seen so far this year. And what a puny navigation screen it has.

  • exeptor

    Not a beauty but it now has a presence which lacked all these years.

  • Could someone photoshop the rear end to the front, just make those red LEDs white… I think it would make more sense.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I blame China

  • Dennis James

    Hopefully some company will come out with a properly-sized aftermarket bumper + grille combo. That BMW is borderline unsellable in the current form.

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