The 2020 BMW 7 Series is here, and, wow, that is some grille

But don't let that face distract you from the luxury sedan's other features!

by ALEX REID -Driving


BMW dropped photos of a refreshed 7 Series mid-January, showing off its flagship luxury sedan’s new face and features.

Following in the footsteps of the X7, the 7 Series sees huge nostrils adorn the snout of its facade—a fancy way to say it’s got a huge nose.

BMW is quite proud of the new grille, though it’s really merely a distraction from what makes the new 7 great.

Engine options for the new 7 have grown: you can still get the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, and the 6.6-litre V12, but the latest engine to the party is a six-cylinder coupled to a hybrid system.

In 745e trim, it makes a combined system output of 394 hp, and can drive up to 50 to 60 km on pure electric power, depending if select four-wheel-drive or not. The V8 gets an 80 horsepower boost up to 530, while the V12 remains at 585.

BMW has managed to make the interior of the 7 Series even quieter thanks to a couple tweaks around the wheel arches, B-pillars and seatbelt outlet covers. Yeah, properly nerdy stuff.

The interior looks like the most comfortable place to sit in the world: quilted leather is everywhere in this car, it’s even available on the new steering wheel.

Tech has also been upgraded. BMW Live Cockpit Professional is now a standard feature, and that means a 12.3-inch touchscreen instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch widescreen display in the centre console.

Pricing and availability have not been announced yet.