Most modifications to BMW’s facelifted 7-Series, which is expected to debut next year, will be on its performance. It’s expected to go up against the new Mercedes Benz S-Class. The exterior will receive minimal changes, including the use of new LED accents.
It will get restyled bumpers, front and back, as well as a new spoiler. These indicators will appear like an LED bar. A new LED headlight will be offered as an optional extra.
Its engine lineup will include several of the new units presented by BMW. The 740i will be powered by the twin-turbocharged engine, which could be boosted to deliver about 350 hp.
Meanwhile, the 750i is expected to achieve about 450hp from a 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine that makes use of BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology with two turbochargers and high-precision direct injection.
BMW hasn’t revealed details about the V12 in the 760i, which may be replaced as all automakers have been affected by the downsizing trend.
The 2013 BMW 7-Series facelift would probably debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show in April, while at the same time, there’s an exhibit in New York. Huge luxury four-doors are being grabbed everywhere by the Chinese and American markets so BMW has to entice these potential customers to its side.
The dramatically elegant face of the new BMW 7-Series immediately attracts attention. The defined contours on the large bonnet culminate on the new upright BMW kidney-shaped front grille, which protrudes forward. The eye-catching grille now features nine slats (previously 12) and a larger chrome surround, thus contributing to a stronger road presence for the car. Optionally, new full-LED headlamps featuring stylish accent strips and trademark BMW corona rings can be installed to highlight the distinctive style of the 7-Series.
The front apron is dominated by an air intake which takes up almost its entire area. Two chrome bars divide the intake into a central section and two outer sections, creating a deeper impression for the car’s sporty overall image. LED fog lamps are positioned at each end of the intake. These are each flanked by a narrow vertical intake. The overall intake configuration conforms to an “air curtain” system that facilitates a smoother airflow around the front wheels when travelling at high speeds, which thereby contributes toward fuel efficiency. The air intake design is an embodiment of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy.
The BMW 7-Series has a sleekly and elegantly dynamic silhouette carried in the well-known brand proportions – elongated wheelbase, short front overhang, smoothly sloped long bonnet, set-back cabin and coupe-like roofline. An evidently new design detail at the side is the indicator light set at the lower part of each wing mirror. This increases the visibility of the car, thus contributing to greater safety.
From the rear, the BMW 7-Series has a robustly sportive look. Clear horizontal lines form demarcations of several different levels, creating an image of lower car height. The hallmark BMW L-shaped tail lights with a chrome strip link are retained from the previous 7-Series models. However, when lit, the different shades of red can be seen, making these lights more vibrant. A second, finer chrome strip forms a visual link between the two sleek reflectors on the rear fender, adding an elegant touch to the strong overall feel. Also, exclusively on the 12-cylinder flagship model, another thin chrome strip can be seen bridging the left and right chromed tailpipe embellishers in the lower rear apron.