BMW 7 Series
After several spy photo sessions, a number of leaks, and a single teaser, the facelifted BMW 7 Series is making its official debut with major styling tweaks and a couple of important tech upgrades. Leaked images tried to prepare us for the 2020 BMW 7 Series LCI, but there was still a lot to take in yesterday when the official images were published. If you’re not sure quite yet whether the X7-sized grille kidney grille is compatible with the fullsize luxury sedan, maybe these official videos will help you decide. It’s worth mentioning the attached promo footage focuses on the 750Li model finished in Bernina Grey Amber Effect metallic and with Nappa leather on the inside where there’s the extended quilting in cognac / black.
Moving at the side profile, the “hockey stick” has a new look with upright “Air Breathers” optimizing the airflow through the wheel arches. To enable a quieter cabin, BMW made the laminated glass 5.1 mm (0.2 inches) thicker than before, and for the same purpose, it has installed more acoustic insulation around the rear wheel arches. Fresh alloy wheel designs and new paint finishes are also on the menu.
As for the rear end of the 2020 7er, the LED taillights are 35 mm (1.37 inches) slimmer and are interconnected through a full-width light strip positioned below the chrome bar. The exhaust tips might look the same as before at a first glance, but they’re actually a bit wider now.
In regards to the interior, the changes are less obvious. BMW’s digital instrument cluster and infotainment system have been brought up to date, and there’s a new leather-wrapped steering wheel with a new layout for the buttons controlling the assistance systems. New interior wood trim strips and dual 10-inch full HD tablets for the rear entertainment system are available, as is extended quilting for the Nappa leather. BMW has also repositioned the wireless charging tray as it’s now in a more convenient location, sitting just ahead of the cup holders.
The German automaker has also revised the eight-speed automatic which is the standard gearbox on all models for the 2020 model year. It should now deliver quicker and smoother gear shifts, and comes as standard with a Launch Control function. The PHEV powertrain uses a hybrid-specific variant the Sport Steptronic transmission with an improved separating clutch that acts as the link to the engine.
Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.