Is This The Face Of The 2020 BMW 7-Series?

BMW has been testing the facelifted 7-Series for months and an undisguised image of the car’s front fascia appears to have surfaced momentarily on Instagram.

The post has since been deleted, but BMW Blog managed to grab the image before it disappeared. As a result, we can see the model has a restyled front fascia which echoes the one seen on the Vision Future Luxury concept.

The front of the car is dominated by a massive twin kidney grille that appears similar to the one used the X7 crossover. It is flanked by a set of redesigned headlights that have a more conventional design.

Bigger changes occur further below as we can see a modestly revised front bumper and an all-new lower air intake. The latter features prominent air deflectors which are similar to the ones used on the Vision Future Luxury concept.

While we cannot confirm the authenticity of the image, it does bear a striking resemblance to an Alpina B7 prototype which was spied in October. That particular car had a similar front fascia and its air deflectors were covered by faux air intake decals. However, that model had a front splitter which is absent on this car.

Regardless, the styling changes will continue in the cabin as previous spy photos have shown the 7-Series will come equipped with an all-new digital instrument cluster. It should be nearly identical to the one used in the new X7 and 8-Series.

Besides the digital instrument cluster, we can expect an upgraded iDrive infotainment system running BMW Operating System 7.0. The updated system offers more customization and anticipates the needs of drivers.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but choices could echo those found in the newer X7 and 8-Series. In the United States, the crossover can be equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder that produces 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) and 330 lb-ft (446 Nm) of torque. Customers can also opt for a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 developing 456 hp (340 kW / 462 PS) and 479 lb-ft (648 Nm) of torque.

We can also expect an assortment of diesel engines, an upgraded plug-in hybrid variant and an updated M760Li xDrive. Many of these models will likely be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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  • Will_95LV

    It already looks way better than the new Audi A8, and thats coming Audi fanboy…… Audi needs to do a early mid cycle refresh now lol

    • Mike anonymous

      I might be wrong, but didn’t the new A8 just come out last year? I think it would be (a little bit, from a 3rd person perspective) funny if they gave the A8 a refresh after it just came out. While it may be funny, in all seriousness, it may not be out of the realm of possibility.

      I DO agree through, (apart from the impressive technology the A8 is packing,..) this may give the A8 a run for it’s money.

  • Dude

    I like the style in general but those kidneys are just slightly to big

  • Kagiso Mutlaneng
    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Might as well start calling it the liver grill.

      • Bash

        lol these are lungs now. lol

        • Stigasawuswrecks


  • PK

    disgusting! a poor man’s mercedes benz s class! i mean this is the best bmw can do with their large luxury sedan?

  • MIL1234

    overkill grille
    even for a V12

  • MIL1234

    chromes are making a comeback

  • Zandit75


  • Dennis Scipio

    Yeah, looks like it.

  • Jason Panamera

    Peppa the pig mobile.

  • Ruel Lewis

    headlights shrinking and grill growing. I hope this trend stops very soon.

  • erly5

    It’s a big car with a big grille, looks in proportion to me, but seems to offend. Would a teeny weeny grille keep everyone happy?

  • Tumbi Mtika


    Shame this. The 7er looked so good.

  • The front bumper looks better but that grill is just too oversized.

  • Mike anonymous

    I see a number of people complaining about the grill, headlights, etc. BUT I wanted to point out this this design is actually more in line with the 2014 Vision Future Luxury Concept (designed in 2013). (I made highlights in the second photo below to show you what I mean)

    Maybe people were underwhelmed with the current 7 series when it made it’s debut a few years ago, after many had been expecting something more along the lines of the concept shown here. From my memory, people were quite ecstatic about the V.F.L.Concept when it debut nearly half a decade ago and its design, and for the most part, had very little complaints with the vehicle.

    What I see is BMW brining elements from an otherwise beautiful (in my opinion concept) onto their production vehicle (brining the design back to what was originally intended for the vehicle) without alienating current 7-series owners too much.

    I am surprised they retained the ( nearly identical if you pay attention ) lower bumper design from the concept. If you ask me, I think this update is going to give the 7 series a very district look, and a presence the pre-facelift was lacking. I personally believe this is just what this vehicle needs.

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    • Bash

      Excellent comment.

      • Mike anonymous

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    • Jason Panamera

      Good poiint. I totally loved that concept and forget about it untill now, when my feelings are a little bit different.

  • Nordschleife

    It’s funny I feel like once this is unveiled and shown in black or a nice pewter, people are gonna like it. I feel the new front end bring the 7-Series up a few notches and frankly modernizes it. I’ll save save final judgement upon actual reveal but (looking at you 3-series) but this looks pretty cool.

  • baofe

    they were so close.. a slimmer grille would’ve suited this car much more. When will BMW stop with this angry birds pig nose front end?

  • Matteo Tommasi


  • A bit bad and luxurious at the same time.

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