Heavily revised 2020 BMW 7 Series looks more luxuriously dominant

Article by Christian A., on January 17, 2019

It has been three and a half years since BMW unveiled the sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series. Thus, it is really about to give the 7 Series a major revision for the 2020 model year. In fact, it is only a matter of time when the sixth-gen 7 Series will be launch into the market as BMW has finally took off the veil of its revised full-size sedan.

Compared to its immediate predecessor, the 2020 BMW 7 Series seems like an all-new model in terms of looks. The most apparent exterior revision made to the new 7 Series is its significantly larger BMW kidney grille. In fact its single-piece frame has grown by around 40 percent. In the United States, the bars of the Active Kidney Grille are finished in aluminum satin.

Furthermore, the front end of the new 2020 BMW 7 Series is now two inches taller at its highest point. These revisions make the new 7 Series look more visually powerful on the road.

Exterior Design

More changes to the new 2020 BMW 7 Series include the new design of its slim headlight units as well as the availability of BMW Laserlight as an option. Likewise, the hood of the luxury sedan has been redesigned with more sculpted contour lines. It also now extends up to the top of the higher kidney. In addition, the lower front bumper air intakes of are overlaid with large air deflectors. The Air Curtains, meanwhile, are now bordered by L-shaped trim strips.

BMW redesigned the fenders -- with upright Air Breathers -- of the 2020 BMW 7 Series to blend with the design of the new headlights. The Air Breathers now have feature larger air outlets extending higher into the front fenders. The exterior mirrors of the new 7 Series are mounted to the window surround trim via a thin stalk to improve aerodynamics.

On the rear, the new 2020 BMW 7 Series reveal wider exhaust tailpipes as finished in either chrome as standard or in Cerium Grey on M Sport models. In addition, its three-dimensional LED rear lights are 1.4 inches slimmer than on the previous model, while a very slim light strip measuring 0.2 inches in width spans across the full width of the tailgate to connects the rear lights.

Interior Design

Inside, the new 2020 BMW 7 Series comes with an updated interior with a new screen grouping formed by the instrument cluster and the Control Display. The interior of the new 7 Series offers an exclusive feel thanks to its leather-covered surfaces, trim strips and light sources. In fact, new 7 Series comes available with Nappa leather as well as BMW Individual Merino full leather trim with extended quilting.

As standard, the 2020 BMW 7 Series is loaded with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional that includes a 12.3-inch fully digital, high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel a 10.25-inch Control Display. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional also includes the 7th generation of BMW iDrive (BMW iDrive 7.0).

Powertrain

As for powerplants, the 2020 BMW 7 Series is available with several options. These include the 6.6-liter V12 engine in the BMW M760i xDrive, delivering 600 hp of max output between 5,500 rpm and 6,500 rpm, as well as 627 lb.-ft. of peak torque available between 1,550 rpm and 5,000 rpm. This mill allows the M760i xDrive to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Meanwhile, the 4.4-liter V8 engine delivers 523 hp of max output as well as 553 lb.-ft. of peak torque – making it – 80 hp and 74 lb.-ft. more powerful than its previous iteration. This V8 engine, which features a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers, allows the 750i xDrive to accelerate from nil to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds

On the other hand, the new 2020 BMW 740i and 740i xDrive are fitted with 3.0-liter straight-six engine featuring a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct petrol injection technology. This straight-six unit delivers 335 hp of max output and 330 lb.-ft. of peak torque, allowing the BMW 740i and the BMW 740i Xdrive to complete sprint in just 5.3 seconds and 4.8 seconds, respectively.

Amazing, the new 2020 BMW 7 Series is offered with a plug-in hybrid drive system that includes a six-cylinder in-line engine through the BMW 745e xDrive. The plug-in hybrid drive system consists of a six-cylinder in-line engine that delivers 280 hp of output, as well as an electric motor that provides 113 hp of output and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.

The system is backed by a new lithium-ion battery with larger capacity (12.0 kWh or 10.4 kWh net) and the latest battery cell technology. In the Sport mode of the Driving Experience Control, the system can offer up to 389 hp of output and up to 442 lb.-ft. of torque. The new 2020 745e xDrive can dash from standstill to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

Transmissions for the new 2020 BMW 7 Series come in form of the latest-generation eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission, with the 745e xDrive equipped with a hybrid-specific variant.

As standard, the new 2020 BMW 7 Series is equipped with panoramic sunroof, Harman-Kardon surround sound system, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Apple CarPlay Compatibility with 1-year trial, Wireless Charging, Gesture Control, Multi-contour seats, split-fold-down rear seats, soft-close automatic doors and comfort access keyless entry as well as Dynamic Damper Control and two-axle air suspension.

Source: BMW

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