The facelifted BMW 7 Series has officially been unveiled by the Bavarian brand. BMW’s flagship has seen a substantial stylistic and luxury upgrade compared to its predecessor, especially considering that this is a facelift.
And that comprehensive refresh starts with the exterior. BMW is proud to present that the new grille is 40% bigger than its predecessor’s. The large kidney grilles are surrounded by a single-piece chrome trim as well as a 50 mm taller front end for a bolder look. It’s flanked by a pair of slim headlights, which utilize LEDs as standard or laser-based headlights optionally. At the side, the lower chrome garnish that runs through the car’s side profile now has a vertical design at the front, while at the rear, the LED tail lights have been redesigned to feature red and black surfaces. A first design trait for a BMW is the LED strip that runs across the width of the 7 Series.
The interior is much more opulent than ever. The steering wheel has a redesigned arrangement, while the BMW iDrive infotainment system now utilizes the Operating System 7.0, which combines a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with a 10.25-inch touch screen and rotary knob controller. The infotainment also comes with the Intelligent Personal Assistant, which can be summoned by saying “Hey, BMW!” or through a button on the steering wheel. At the back, a wide variety of options and configurations can be selected, including an executive lounge seating arrangement which deletes the middle seat and adds a 10-inch touch screen, as well as a Samsung-branded tablet mounted on the rear center console to control other vehicle functions. The interior is quieter, thanks to revisions at the rear wheel arches and B-pillars. There’s also thicker glass at the side and rear.
Under the hood of the 7 Series are a set of new and carryover engines. The range-topping M760Li still uses the same 6.6-liter twin turbo V12, but with a new gasoline particulate filter. It still produces 577 hp and 850 Nm of torque, letting this luxury barge sprint from 0-100 kph in 3.8 seconds, all the way to a de-restricted speed of 305 kph. Meanwhile, the 750i xDrive/750Li xDrive now uses the same twin turbo 4.4-liter V8 as the one from the 8 Series, which produces 523 hp and 750 Nm of torque. The 745e iPerformance plug-in hybrid now uses a bigger turbocharged inline-6, with a combined system output of 388 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The 745e can drive purely on electricity for up to 58 km.
In terms of the diesel range, the base 730d/730Ld utilizes a single turbo inline-6 diesel motor producing 260 hp and 620 Nm of torque. The 740d/740Ld meanwhile, uses the same engine, but with twin turbos that now let the engine produce 316 hp and 680 Nm of torque. The range-topping diesel continues to be the 750d/750Ld with its quad-turbo inline-6 diesel motor, producing 394 hp and 760 Nm of torque.