The BMW 7-series has always put up a healthy fight in the full-size luxury sedan segment and caters to buyers who especially enjoy the occasional or frequent spirited drive.
While the latest generation featured a host of technological trickeries such as lightweight Carbon Core construction and an innovative gesture control interface, it shared odd similarities with its younger siblings, something a luxury sedan owner would not want.
This was reflected in the German manufacturer’s sales books as well. This was an even harder hit as the company’s rival Mercedes-Benz reported healthy sales of its luxury sedan, the S-Class. However, Mercedes-Benz quoted combined sales of three body styles of the S-Class.
This large grille is coupled with new slimmer headlights that offer a laser light option as well as a revised front fascia
Meanwhile, all the aforementioned setbacks didn’t miss the sight of the Bavarians. Hence, BMW has now sought to rectify the issue by giving its flagship sedan a mid-cycle refresh. The updated 7-Series will hit showrooms later this year as a 2020 model.
Evidently, the humongous grille is among the very first features that need to be mentioned. The new grille is up 40 per cent in surface area than its predecessor. This is coupled with new slimmer headlights that offer a laser light option as well as a revised front fascia. BMW has also treated the rear of the car with a new fascia with tail lights featuring an LED strip joining the separate clusters.
A new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.3-inch infotainment hub are added to the new iteration
Inside, BMW has substantially improved the cabin with pretty much the same layout. A new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.3-inch infotainment hub are part of the refresh along with additional seats for rear-seat passengers.
The entry-level trim of the new BMW 7-series is the 740i that carries a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six that is good for 335hp and 749Nm of torque. Sitting above this is the 745e iPerformance plug-in hybrid which features the same inline-six engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined output of 389hp and 600Nm. Above this is the 750i featuring a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that churns 523hp and 749Nm of torque. Topping the range is the M760i, a performance super sedan with a 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 that produces upwards of 600hp and 800Nm of torque.
BMW has not yet announced the pricing on its new 7-series which we expect to be disclosed closer to launch. Additionally, BMW together with its semi-official tuner Alpina will offer an alternative for an unspoken M version of 7-series in the form of the Alpina B7.