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2020 BMW 7 Series: Preview

BMW’s full-size 7 series is receiving a major update this year, in what looks to be one of the most striking refreshes in recent history. While not being an entirely new generation, the 2020 BMW 7 Series sports a host of revisions to the exterior, interior, powertrain and technology that you might expect from an all-new redesign, rather than a mere update.

What’s Changed?

Lots. The most notable changes come on the exterior of the 7 Series, starting with an-all new fascia, headlights and grille. The brand new kidney grille is 40 percent bigger and now extends back toward the hood in a manner reminiscent of modern art, imbuing a more aggressive appearance to the sedan. The grille isn’t all just looks though — it features adjustable vanes that open when needed to aid in cooling. The headlights are slimmer and new as well, with adaptive LED lights and available BMW Laserlight advanced high beams. The rear end is new as well, with a more eye-catching taillight design that extends the width of the trunk. In addition, the exhaust surrounds have been restyled to be wider and more angular, and even the fenders have been restyled to go with the rest of the 7 Series’ latest look. Finally, there are new wheel and color options to round out the exterior restyling.

The interior also gets several updates such as a mildly refreshed steering wheel with the addition of chrome and a more conveniently located wireless charging station. BMW also installed new sound shielding and insulation in the wheel arches and various points in the cabin, respectively, which create an even quieter driving experience within the cockpit.

A litany of technology updates has also been added to the new 7 Series to go with its more futuristic styling. There’s the new Driving Assistance Professional suite, which includes Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited access highways, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane-Keeping Assistant with side-collision avoidance, Steering & Traffic Jam Assistant, Automatic Lane Change and Evasion Assistant & Cross-Traffic alert. There’s the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, a back-up assistant and the iDrive 7.0 operating system. There’s also a new dash, a head up display and night vision, amongst other enhancements.

But Wait, There’s More …

It’s not only aesthetic and comfort enhancements, mind you, there’s a new available V8 engine and a refined Plug-In Hybrid power plant as well. The 4.4-liter V8 is all new to the 7 Series line and comes as the motor in the 750i xDrive. The turbocharged 8-cylinder provides 573 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, or enough chutzpah to propel the 750i from 0-to-60 miles per hour in a neck-snapping 3.9 seconds. As for the PHeV iteration, the 745e xDrive combines an electric motor with an inline six to provide a nearly silent, environmentally conscious driving experience. Despite its more restrained and responsible impetus, the 745e xDrive still achieves 0-to-60 mph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds.

When Will It Be Available?

The full range of the 2020 BMW 7 Series, including the V6, V8, V12 and PHeV variations go into production this March, so expect to see all versions the German luxury stalwart hit dealerships in April.

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