2020 BMW 7-Series (G11 Facelift - X7 Inspired)

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New thread created for the LCI of the G11 7-Series. Fairly drastic overhaul but the biggest change is the X7 Inspired grill, it’s 40% bigger than the 7 Series’ old grille!

BMW 7-Series

Gracefully sporting proportions and a progressive interpretation of luxury mark out the exterior design of the new BMW 7-Series. Its alluring bodywork reflects the supreme dynamics and exclusive comfort that shape the luxury sedan's unmistakable driving experience. The latest edition of the 7-Series features neatly judged exterior flourishes, which underline its status and advanced technology even more intently. The design updates reach every area of the body and strengthen, above all, the confident presence with which the new BMW 7-Series sedan advertises its position as the brand's flagship model. The far-reaching exterior redesign accentuates the cultured elegance of the BMW 7-Series and takes in the front apron, bonnet, headlights, front side panels, rear bumper trim and rear lights.

The BMW 7-Series will continue to be offered in two body variants. The longer version of the luxury sedan has a wheelbase extended by 14 centimetres over the standard car - to 3,210 millimetres - and gives rear-seat passengers the extra space to match. The standard 7-Series (5,120 mm) and its long-wheelbase twin (5,260 mm) are both 22 millimetres longer than their respective predecessors. The new model's width (1,902 mm) and height (1,467 mm / long-wheelbase version: 1,479 mm) remain unchanged.

Taller front end, significantly larger BMW kidney grille

The extensive design refresh at the front end plays a particularly prominent role in giving the new BMW 7-Series its more powerful visual presence. Catching the eye most vividly is the significantly expanded surfacing at the front of the car, which now rises around 50 millimetres taller at its foremost point. The result is a verticality that projects the prestige and status of the luxury sedan.

The dominant force of the front-end design is the BMW kidney grille, now framed by a single-piece surround whose surface area has grown by some 40 per cent. The grille has active air flap control with adjustable vanes which only open when the need for cooling air is increased. The bars of the kidney grille come in Aluminium satinated as standard and in High-gloss Chrome on cars with Design Pure Excellence specified. The fronts of the air vanes between the kidney grille bars are likewise in High-gloss Chrome - or black if the M Sport package is specified. The new BMW M760Li xDrive has a kidney grille surround and kidney grille bars in Cerium Grey.

https://www.netcarshow.com/bmw/2020-7-series/

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Got grille? Facelifted BMW 7 Series finally (officially) unveiled

BMW has taken the wraps off its facelifted 7 Series sedan, which gains a new – considerably larger – interpretation of the Munich-based firm’s signature kidney grille. Indeed, the firm says the surface area of the flagship saloon’s grille has grown by some 40 percent.

Interestingly, that front end rises 50 mm higher at its foremost point, while the bonnet boasts sharper lines and a larger BMW roundel. And on either side of the reworked grille you’ll find slimmer headlamps. The outer air intakes in the lower section of the front apron, meanwhile, are now overlaid with large air deflectors, which BMW says guide air “efficiently” to the brake ducts.

Round back, you’ll notice an updated rear apron with integrated tailpipes (now boasting broader chrome surrounds) and “three-dimensional” taillamps that are “around 35 mm” slimmer than before. Another new feature is the slim light strip positioned below the chrome bar, which extends across the width of the tailgate and connects the rear lights.

Globally (but not in South Africa; more on that below), the 7 Series will again be offered in two body variants, the longer of which gains an extra 140 mm between its axles. The standard 7 Series (5 120 mm) and its long-wheelbase sibling (5 260 mm) are both 22 mm longer than their respective predecessors, while the new model’s width at 1 902 mm and height (1 467 mm for the standard model and 1 479 mm for the longer version) remain unchanged.

However, BMW Group South Africa tells us it will from now on offer only the long-wheelbase derivatives (and thus no longer than standard-wheelbase models), mirroring the approach taken by Mercedes-Benz South Africa with its S-Class.

And the engine line-up? Well, that has also been updated and includes a new eight-cylinder engine, a six-cylinder inline unit and plug-in hybrid systems offering “extended electric range”.

Topping the range is the familiar 6,6-litre V12 engine that powers the M760Li xDrive, which produces 430 kW and now comes with a gasoline particulate filter to “minimise emissions”. The 750Li xDrive, meanwhile, features a newly developed 4,4-litre V8 engine boasting 390 kW.
BMW 7 Series

The 745Le xDrive plug-in hybrid model now employs a specially adapted six-cylinder inline petrol engine and a “more advanced” high-voltage battery. As a result, the system can churn out 290 kW in its sportiest setting.

There are also three six-cylinder inline diesel engines in the global line-up, each with 3,0-litre displacement (and up to four turbochargers). First is the 294 kW 750d xDrive and 750Ld xDrive, while the 740d xDrive and 740Ld xDrive develop 235 kW. The 730d, 730Ld, 730d xDrive and 730Ld xDrive, meanwhile, each make 195 kW.

In the second quarter of 2019, the following derivatives (again, all long-wheelbase) will be launched in South Africa: 745Le xDrive, 750Li xDrive, M760Li xDrive and 730Ld.

BMW claims to have made “carefully executed [acoustic] refinements” around the rear wheel arches, B-pillars and seatbelt outlet covers in the rear to “enhance on-board comfort over long distances”. In addition, the side windows and rear window boast thicker glass than before.

You’ll also notice the newly designed leather steering wheel with its modified arrangement of multifunction buttons, while the standard wireless charging tray is now located just ahead of the cupholders.

The facelifted 7 Series ships standard with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, comprising a navigation and multimedia system, together with a fully digital, high-resolution instrument cluster with a screen diagonal of 12,3 inches, plus a control display measuring 10,25 inches across.

The brand’s so-called “Intelligent Personal Assistant” is another element of the newly included BMW Operating System 7.0 system.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/got-grille-facelifted-bmw-7-series-finally-officially-unveiled/
 

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New 2019 BMW 7 Series gets X7-inspired styling and more power

BMW’s flagship saloon gets overhauled kidney grille, reworked engines and extra tech

As part of efforts to improve the refinement levels of Munich’s flagship saloon, it adopts side glass that is 5.1mm thicker and new front wings improve airflow and reduce buffeting at speed. Changes to the sound-deadening material in the rear wheel arches have also been made.

Additional minor visual changes continue at the rear, which receives more heavily structured OLED tail-lights with new lens graphics. They are connected by a full-width LED light band that illuminates in combination with the daytime running lights. Also evident on the freshened 7 Series are wider chromed tailpipe trims integrated into a reworked bumper.

The interior features more subtle upgrades, including improvements to the materials and new connectivity functions. An updated Parking Assistant function now has a Reversing Assistant that’s able to back up the car by up to 50m along the course it drove in on.

The 2019-model-year 7-series continues with a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel powerplants as well a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain in combination with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive depending on the chosen model.

The petrol units include a 4.4-litre V8 producing 523bhp and 553lb ft in the 750i xDrive and 750Li xDrive. Above it is the M760Li xDrive powered by a BMW M fettled 6.6-litre V12 engine developing 577bhp and a stout 626lb ft. This is enough to provide the 2000kg range-topping 7-series model with a 0-62mph time of 4.1sec and 155mph top speed.

The three diesels all use the same 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine, but with differing turbocharging configurations and states of tune. With a single turbocharger, it develops 260bhp and 457lb ft in the 730d and 730Ld as well as the four-wheel drive 730d xDrive and 730Ld xDrive. With twin turbochargers, the output climbs to 316bhp and 501lb ft in the 740d xDrive and 740Ld xDrive.

The most powerful of the new 7-series diesels is the 750d xDrive and its long wheelbase silbling, the 750Ld xDrive. They use a quad turbocharged version of BMW’s six cylinder engine developing 393bhp and 560lb ft.

An updated plug-in hybrid drivetrain is also available in the rear-wheel-drive 745e and 745Le and their fourwheel-drive sibling, the 745Le xDrive. It mates a turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor to provide a total system output of 388bhp and 442lb ft, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 5.2sec.

With a 12.0kWh lithium ion battery, the 745e is claimed to deliver an electric range of up to 36 miles, endowing it with combined cycle consumption of 134.5mpg and average CO2 emissions of 48g/km.

The facelifted 7 Series comes as standard with adaptive suspension featuring electronically controlled dampers and air springs acting on each wheel. Buyers can specify the luxury saloon with optional rear-wheel steering for added agility.

The X7, a rival to the Range Rover that launched late last year, will rub shoulders with the 7 Series at the top of BMW’s range. The design link is likely a tactic to create familiarity between the two flagship models.

Both cars are pitched directly at high-flying luxury car buyers, of whom a large number come from China. Customers there typically prefer more aggressive car design, so this new look is possibly also evidence of a design shift to cater to tastes in the world’s biggest new car market.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...eries-gets-x7-inspired-styling-and-more-power
 

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New thread created for the LCI of the G11 7-Series. Fairly drastic overhaul but the biggest change is the X7 Inspired grill, it’s 40% bigger than the 7 Series’ old grille!

BMW 7-Series

Gracefully sporting proportions and a progressive interpretation of luxury mark out the exterior design of the new BMW 7-Series. Its alluring bodywork reflects the supreme dynamics and exclusive comfort that shape the luxury sedan's unmistakable driving experience. The latest edition of the 7-Series features neatly judged exterior flourishes, which underline its status and advanced technology even more intently. The design updates reach every area of the body and strengthen, above all, the confident presence with which the new BMW 7-Series sedan advertises its position as the brand's flagship model. The far-reaching exterior redesign accentuates the cultured elegance of the BMW 7-Series and takes in the front apron, bonnet, headlights, front side panels, rear bumper trim and rear lights.

The BMW 7-Series will continue to be offered in two body variants. The longer version of the luxury sedan has a wheelbase extended by 14 centimetres over the standard car - to 3,210 millimetres - and gives rear-seat passengers the extra space to match. The standard 7-Series (5,120 mm) and its long-wheelbase twin (5,260 mm) are both 22 millimetres longer than their respective predecessors. The new model's width (1,902 mm) and height (1,467 mm / long-wheelbase version: 1,479 mm) remain unchanged.

Taller front end, significantly larger BMW kidney grille

The extensive design refresh at the front end plays a particularly prominent role in giving the new BMW 7-Series its more powerful visual presence. Catching the eye most vividly is the significantly expanded surfacing at the front of the car, which now rises around 50 millimetres taller at its foremost point. The result is a verticality that projects the prestige and status of the luxury sedan.

The dominant force of the front-end design is the BMW kidney grille, now framed by a single-piece surround whose surface area has grown by some 40 per cent. The grille has active air flap control with adjustable vanes which only open when the need for cooling air is increased. The bars of the kidney grille come in Aluminium satinated as standard and in High-gloss Chrome on cars with Design Pure Excellence specified. The fronts of the air vanes between the kidney grille bars are likewise in High-gloss Chrome - or black if the M Sport package is specified. The new BMW M760Li xDrive has a kidney grille surround and kidney grille bars in Cerium Grey.

https://www.netcarshow.com/bmw/2020-7-series/

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No man, they ruined one of the best looking cars currently on the market.
 

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Aggressive from the front.
Muted on the sides, but beautiful.
And the rear completes the look.

Well done BMW.
 

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I can't get over the front grill. The rest of the angles look good, it's just dat grill tho. pls maek it stahp!
 

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Facelifted BMW 7 Series Announced - Coming to SA in Q2 2019

The BMW 7 Series has undergone a facelift. The LCI 7 Series receives new engines, more tech and has been confirmed for a South African market introduction in the second quarter of 2019. Here's what you need to know about the newcomer.

The big BMW 7 Series rattled the luxury sedan market back in 2016 thanks to advanced technology, new levels of comfort and Newton's Law-defying driving dynamics. Now for 2019, BMW has given its luxury sedan a nip and a tuck both inside and out. The BMW 7 Series will be offered in 2 body styles, but the SA market will only be getting the long wheelbase options. The newcomer is 5 260 mm long and total length has been increased by 22 millimetres. The new 7's height and width remain the same.

That front end is a massive talking point. Not only does the gaping grille dominate the front as it has increased in size, but the entire front unit sits higher. The rear has changed too and adopts integrated exhaust tailpipes as well as LED taillights. There's also a neat thin light strip which stretches across the width of the rear bumper and connects the rear taillight units.

Inside, there's a bit more passenger space and more trim options like extended quilting and fine wood strips. There's a focus on reducing the outside noise from inside the cabin and BMW has refined the rear wheel arches and B-pillars in an effort to make the rear of the new 7 Series a quiet and peaceful place to sit.

The tech has changed too. From the digital dashboard adopting the latest style of BMW dials to the new BMW Touch Command rear-seat control unit with its updated hardware and new software. The screens at the back are 10-inch full HD units and there's now a Blu-ray player. BMW has also added its Intelligent Personal Assistant to the new 7 Series. Activate him/her with “Hey BMW” and you can control many functions of the vehicle like interior lighting, air conditioning, fragrancing and shading, not to mention seat massage, heating and ventilation.

South African specification

BMW South Africa confirmed that the following derivatives will be reaching our market in 2019: 745Le, 750Li xDrive, M760Li xDrive and 730Ld. At the top of the range sits the M760Li xDrive with 430 kW. Next up is the 750Li xDrive with a newly-developed turbocharged petrol engine with 390 kW.

There will be a specially adapted six-cylinder inline petrol engine and a more advanced high-voltage battery doing duty in the 745Le. Together the petrol and electric engine push out 290 kW, while BMW claims consumption sits between 2.6 and 2.1 L/100 km. BMW also claims this vehicle can drive between 50 and 58 km on electric power alone. For those wanting the frugality of a diesel, the 730Ld pushes out 195 kW and consumes between 5.5 and 5.3 L/100km.

We'll have final confirmation on pricing, specification and features closer to the vehicle's launch.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_new...ries-announced-coming-to-sa-in-q2-2019/45996/
 
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