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The 7 Series receives a substantial revamp, beginning with changes to the styling. The nose is more imposing than before. A larger grille is flanked by smaller adaptive LED headlights, which are standard. BMW Laserlight units are now offered as options.
The side vents just behind the front wheels are bigger, while the rear end gains a thin, full-width light strip between new LED taillamps. There are also some fresh paint choices and designs of alloy wheels.
A digital assistant comes on board. It's similar to Amazon's Alexa or the iPhone's Siri. Say something like, "Hey, BMW (you can customize the name), I'm cold," and the system will raise the climate control's temperature. There are many aspects that would take a small book to go into, but -- among other things -- it will learn user preferences in music, air conditioning and destinations for the navigation system.
The former 740e xDrive plug-in hybrid receives an updated drivetrain to become the 745e xDrive. Out goes the 4-cylinder combustion engine and in comes a 3.0-liter inline six. The electric motor runs off a battery using the latest lithium-ion technology.
The 740i gets an extra 15 hp, while the M760i xDrive has 37 lb-ft more torque. The Alpina B7 xDrive's top speed is raised from 194 miles per hour to 205 mph. The 8-speed automatic transmissions have been upgraded. A heated steering wheel becomes standard throughout. The M760i xDrive now comes with heated front armrests as well.
Parking Assistant Plus is another addition to the standard equipment list, augmented by a Backup Assistant that handles the steering in tight spaces and where a driver's vision might not be clear. It remembers the previous 50 yards of travel and retraces the line.
BMW has also added extra sound insulation to every variant, making an already quiet cabin even more hushed. See the 2020 BMW 7 Series models for sale near you
It would be something of a shame to reach the level of BMW 7 Series ownership and not have a V8 under the hood. So the 750i xDrive would be our sensible choice. Our not-so-sensible desire, though, would be the truly awesome Alpina B7 xDrive. Find a BMW 7 Series for sale
Although not badged as such, the 2020 BMW 7 Series is a long-wheelbase version, offering maximum rear passenger space. BMW doesn't bring the shorter version into the United States.
The 740i ($87,445) comes with a comprehensive list of standard equipment. This includes 18-in alloy wheels, full LED lighting inside and out, adaptive air suspension, quad-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, selectable drive modes, keyless entry/ignition, hands-free trunk operation, a twin-panel panoramic sunroof, a power sunshade for the rear window, soft-closing doors, 10-way power-adjustable/heated front seats with driver's-side memory settings, a heated steering wheel, Parking Assistant Plus, 12.3-in driver information display, parking sensors front and rear, rain-sensing wipers, forward collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, Wi-Fi, wireless charging, 10.2-in display, navigation, gesture control, two USB ports and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with satellite/HD radio.
This model can be fitted with AWD (xDrive) for $3,000.
The 745e xDrive ($96,545) adds the plug-in hybrid drivetrain and dedicated instruments.
The 750i xDrive ($103,645) has 19-in alloys, upgraded leather, head-up display and 20-way power-adjustable multi-contour front seats.
The M760i xDrive ($158,695) comes with the turbo V12, remote start, M Sport brakes, M suspension tune, 20-in alloy wheels, massaging front seats, heated front armrests, Integral Active Steering and other features of the Autobahn package. It's not an out-and-out M version as we've come to know and love them (like the M3, for example), but it's still seriously special.
The enthusiast-leaning 2020 Alpina B7 xDrive ($143,795) also includes the Autobahn package, Alpina-tuned suspension, a special design of wheels and aerodynamic additions, powered side sunshades and massaging front seats.
An Autobahn options package uses cameras to read the road surface and then prompts the computer-controlled suspension to react accordingly. It also includes variable-ratio steering and rear-wheel steering (known as Integral Active Steering).
The Rear Executive Lounge Seating package has a reclining passenger-side rear seat like First Class air travel -- complete with a retractable footrest and a fold-away table -- plus a dual-screen rear entertainment system and a tablet to control various car functions, surf the web or act as a games console (held in place by cool little power-retractable clips).
Other options include heated rear seats, a head-up display, a cabin fragrance system, a 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system with 16 partially illuminated speakers, a side-view/top-view camera system, remote control parking, night vision and the more advanced driver aid features listed in the Safety section below.
Trunk space is a capacious 18.2 cu ft. in the regular models and 14.8 cu ft. in the 745e xDrive plug-in hybrid.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2020 Audi A8 -- Tingling with technology in the service of both safety and luxury.
2020 Porsche Panamera -- Gorgeous interior, driving talent for days.
2020 Jaguar XJ -- Handsome and supple, with a mostly aluminum body. Getting old, though.
2020 Lexus LS -- Comes with lots of features and the usual excellent built quality.
Used Bentley Flying Spur -- For a particular mix of space, luxury and driving ability, the options are few. The Flying Spur is one, with a hand-crafted cabin and a 552-hp W12 engine under its majestic hood.