Following a number of leaks, BMW has officially unveiled the updated version of its luxury sedan 7 Series. The new 2020 7 Series comes with some really big design changes, more tech inside the cabin and a new V8 engine under the hood.
First things first, the biggest and most controversial change in the new 7 Series is the massive kidney grille at the front that is now framed by a single-piece surround whose surface area has grown larger by 40% than before. How does that look is a subjective matter and the opinions are all over the internet already.
The Active Kidney Grille features adjustable vanes which only open when the need for cooling air is increased. The bars of the grilles come standard in aluminum satin. Trying to compliment the new grille are the new “very slender headlights” with Adaptive Full LED Lights. BMW laserlight will be available as an option.
The rear of the sedan has also seen some significant changes, the biggest one being the new L-shaped taillights connected with a light strip that runs across the full width of the car. The exhaust pipes surrounds are now wider and come finished in chrome on standard models and in Cerium Grey on M Sport models.
A lot has changed inside the car too. BMW has made the cabin of the 2020 7 Series even quieter. There is a new steering wheel that features multifunction controls with new arrangements. There is a 12.3-inch instrument cluster at driver’s service, showing all the required information with digital graphics.
The infotainment is taken care of by BMW’s latest Operating System 7.0 that features a 10.25-inch touchscreen control display at the top of the dash. The new 7 Series will get BMW’s latest Intelligent Personal Assistant. A pair of 10-inch full-HD touchscreen displays with a Blu-ray player are provided at the rear seats where most owners are likely to sit.
The 2020 7 Series will have a range of engine options that includes:
1. 4.4-liter V8 seen in the new 8-Series with 523hp and 750Nm.
2. Inline-six hybrid in 745e with 388hp and 600Nm.
3. Range topping 6.6-liter V12 with 577hp and 850Nm. It does 0-100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 305 km/h.
All the engines come mated with the revised eight-speed automatic gearbox that now performs quicker and smoother shifts and comes with launch control as standard.
Pricing of the 2020 7 Series will be announced later this year closer to the beginning of the sales.