The Grille Of A BMW E30 3-Series Could Fit In The X7’s Glove Box

Odds are that if you’re purchasing a brand new or recently restyled BMW anytime between now and the near future, you’ll be getting a car whose radiator grille has been hitting the gym.

So whether it’s the X7 or the 7-Series LCI, or perhaps the upcoming M3 and even the updated 5-Series, some type of growth appears inevitable. The grille of the facelifted 5-Series has only grown ever-so-slightly, but in case of the M3, for example, well, let’s just say that we hope you don’t mind your Bimmer looking as flamboyant as possible.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen just how big one of these new grille designs can be when compared to an older one. We actually saw somebody hold out a second-gen 3-Series grille next to an X7 back in April, but that grille wasn’t attached to a car.

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Here however, we can sort of see the bigger picture thanks to Global Auto Exchange posting an image of a white X7 parked next to an old E30 3-Series Touring. The latter’s kidney grille looks only slightly bigger than the X7’s fuel cap, while the X7’s looks like it could almost span the entire length of the E30’s windshield.

In the case of the upcoming M3, BMW made a decision to beef up the front fascia considerably despite the car being pretty much the same size as the previous-generation model.

Well, with the X7, there was no precedent for such a large BMW, and we can rest assured that the automaker’s designers tried on various sizes before choosing this one. Also, compared to the E30 3-Series, the X7 is wider by roughly 400 mm (15.7 inches) and taller by some 450 mm (17.7 inches), so it needed a “face” to match its larger than life persona.

  • BlackPegasus

    I’m probably in the minority here, but I kinda like the new ostentatious grills ?

    • Dennis James

      (hoping to gather some “me too” comments).

      Ostentatious means bold but with some style and smarts.

      Sorry, but that thing is not ostentatious, is just stupidly ugly.

      • Matt

        I disagree, it’s big but also in proportion with the massive size of the X7.

    • Bo Hanan

      I like it on the X7 only.

      • ksegg

        Same here. On the 7er it’s awful. But on the X7…..I dunno it just works? I like it.

    • Honda NSX-R

      I like it best on the 7 Series, and sorta the X7. Everything else, bleh

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    My wife said of the X7 “the best thing about driving it is that you don’t have to see the outside of it.”

    • Bash

      That’s disturbing, also does your wife support the autonomous thing?

      • Stigasawuswrecks


        • Bash

          I figured if she thinks the best things is that you can’t see the outside, so the should be digging the latest autonomous technology. I’m just asking where does she stand in the light of your comment.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            We love to take long trips so we’d both love it. It would be perfect for those 300 mile long stints before your next exit.

  • pcurve

    BMW should bring back black platic molding.

  • Masta
    • KAG25

      They went crazy with Intake

  • Mr. EP9

    One is classy and the other is trashy.

  • Bash

    You know what?! I’d like to see them both on a circuit. That would be an excellent video material.

  • Six_Tymes

    So, UGLY people (and I don’t mean looks wise) became popular, now HIDEOUS looking vehicles are in. The UGLY people need something to drive to match their personalities.

    • Zcat 100

      Don’t forget about the “boring” stage of auto design. I’m looking at you, Toyota from the past.

      And the box on wheels 80’s cars were below appliance design, inside and out.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    I don’t know what others see. What i see is an iconic sample of style dating back to the 1980s (although famous for being tail happy) which still manages to impress AND a BBQ grill vertically positioned on a knock off of a Korean car bearing something resembling a BMW badge. Never has german style reached such low levels before.

  • Sjaak

    Ultra ugly, it is what BMW thinks Asian buyers (or buyers with Asian roots in EU und USA) would like, hopefully i am wrong.

  • McFly

    Doesn’t the grille of the old 3-series actually cover as much of the front area as the one on the X7? It goes from edge to edge and the headlamps are inside it.

    • KAG25

      yeah, so other site showed that it would cover it

    • Enter Ranting

      The old grille doesn’t look like an oversized chromed sewer grate.

      • McFly

        That is correct.

  • KAG25

    The worst part of the new design is that they made the headlights very thin, then added a super big grill.

    • SnakePlant

      I’m just upset to see Angel Eyes go away.

      • KAG25

        They should have had round headlights on this that would have been bigger with the angel eyes

        • SnakePlant

          well they could’ve kept the rounded lights, but changed the form of the lenses and the casing if they wanted to… I mean, the lights on the X7 aren’t bad, but the angel eyes were so distinctive.

  • Charles Chin

    And no one ever mentioned how big the grill are on the current Lexus?…or even the MBs? oh wait…..Merc have always had large grills hahahahaha

  • sidewaysspin

    Elegance vs arrogance.

  • SnakePlant

    The X7 is beautiful, in my opinion. BMW always displayed a large grill, but it was vertical. As the years went on, they decided to turn that E30 grill design into something wider, more horizontal. Now, they’re going back to vertical, and enlarging. It’s much more appealing, more an homage to the older BMW’s (as small as the grills may have been). Just my opinions.

  • Enter Ranting

    BMW has become a ridiculous cartoon. The old 3 Series is so elegant and dignified next to that clown car. Look at that tortured, overwrought bumper on the X7! It’s like BMW found Pontiac’s “Excitement” styling guide in a dumpster and went to town with it.

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