The 2020 BMW 7 Series has made its official debut and just like every other new BMW, it has a comically large take on the automaker’s iconic double kidney grille.
BMW is rather proud of the large face it’s given the latest 7 Series, saying the grille is a “dominant force of the reworked front end,” with a surface area that’s 40 percent greater than the grille on the last 7 Series. The grille is flanked by narrow headlights, which are joined by a narrow single frame rear light bar out back. The so-called ‘hockey stick’ that runs along the bottom of the side of the car returns, but is more neatly integrated and looks less tacked on than on the outgoing model.
Six, eight and twelve-cylinder gas engines are on offer with the 2020 7 Series in North America. The 745e plug-in hybrid pairs an inline-six engine with a new high-voltage battery and electric motor, enabling a total system output of 394 hp and a maximum electric driving range of 31-38 miles, depending on if you opt for xDrive all-wheel drive or not. BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 returns in the mid-range 750i xDrive and gets a huge 80 hp boost for a total output of 530 hp. Rounding out the range is the M760Li xDrive, which retains is honking 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 with 585 hp.
Subtle enhancements were made inside the cabin as well. BMW has reduced cabin noise with “carefully executed refinements around the rear wheel arches, B-pillars and seatbelt outlet covers,” and thicker available side and rear window glass. A new steering wheel with rearranged multi-function buttons is present as well and is joined by new upholstery and trim including a posh new quilted Nappa leather option.
The 2020 7 Series has gained the new BMW Live Cockpit Professional system as standard, which includes a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a widescreen 10.25-inch center stack display with the latest BMW Operating System 7.0. The system includes the new BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant as well, an onboard AI assistant akin to Siri or Alexa that takes various commands to control the vehicle’s functions.
Semi-autonomous drive functions are available through the optional Driving Assistant
Professional package, with includes adaptive cruise control with stop & go, steering and lane control assist, traffic jam assist, evasion aid and more.
Pricing and availability for the 2020 BMW 7 Series will be announced at a later date.
a version of this article first appeared on bimmerfest.com