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New BMW 7 Series facelift arrives with huge grille and new tech

New BMW 7 Series facelift arrives with huge grille and new tech

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blogentry-114362-0-55729600-1547777732_thumb.jpgThe updated BMW 7 Series gets a bold new look, plus new hybrid and engine options

The BMW 7 Series has been given a substantial redesign, with new engines, a new plug-in hybrid option and updated tech forming part of an extensive facelift.


blogentry-114362-0-93387200-1547777735_thumb.jpgThe new face is clearly inspired by the X7 SUV, and aims to link the two 7-badged luxury models and distance the 7 Series from the 5 Series. With China and US sales the limo’s bread and butter, the revamp has been created with these countries in mind.


blogentry-114362-0-20173500-1547777751_thumb.jpgClearly, the new chrome kidney grille is much larger, and raises the bonnet edge 50mm higher than before. The redesigned headlights are far slimmer than on the pre-facelift model and amplify the size of the grille. Adaptive LED units are standard, with BMW’s Laserlight set-up remaining an option.


blogentry-114362-0-94133000-1547777755_thumb.jpgThe front bumper has a more streamlined shape. New air curtain panels on each edge of the front apron cut turbulence around the front wheelarches, while new chrome detailing has also been applied.


blogentry-114362-0-39243800-1547777759_thumb.jpgThe side vents exiting behind the front wheelarches have been revised, and there’s a new rear apron and revised tail-lights, now linked by a full-width LED strip across the bootlid.


blogentry-114362-0-02927700-1547777770_thumb.jpgInside, the layout does not change, but the materials used and offered do, along with some of the tech. A 10.25-inch central screen running BMW iDrive 7.0 is now supported by a fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument panel. New wood trim options also appear. Cars with the M Sport package and the V12 M760Li xDrive model get sportier touches inside, too.


blogentry-114362-0-06907900-1547777776_thumb.jpgThat car still spearheads the engine line-up, with its 6.6-litre V12 capable of 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds. BMW says the 4.4-litre turbo V8 in the 750i-badged cars has been thoroughly reworked, with power shooting up by 79bhp, to 523bhp overall.


blogentry-114362-0-95108100-1547777780_thumb.jpgThe plug-in 7 Series is now badged 745e and has ditched the 4-cylinder petrol unit for a turbocharged in-line six-cylinder petrol engine. It’s teamed with a higher-voltage battery and electric motor to create a more powerful hybrid system with up to 389bhp.



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