The BMW 7 Series facelift has been spied once again, and the new photos have surfaced online, revealing the model's updated interiors and all thanks to the test mule losing some of its camouflage, explaining a clearer picture of few of its exterior updates.
According to the images, the updated flagship sedan from the German carmaker will get a new face, equipped with a larger kidney grille with much more prominent surrounds, along with new LED headlamps and front bumper. The projectors in the LED headlight have been provided a boxier appearance too.
The updates related to the BMW 7 series facelift appears to match what's under the camouflage on the X7 test mules, suggesting the brand's top models would have similar visual elements in order to provide them a family resemblance. Moreover, the lower fascia on the test mule seems to have revised inlets. The new ones now appear to be taller than the more rectangular openings on the ongoing 7 Series. The exhaust outlets seem to have sharper edges.
The rear will also feature a bunch of updates including a new rear bumper and a chrome-tipped exhaust system along with new pair of LED tail lights and the refreshed design really highlights the model's width. At the rear, the facelift of 7 series test mule seems to have updated LED taillights.
On the basis of the previously featured images, it was known that BMW is also working on upgrading the cabin of the 7 Series facelift, which will now get a refreshed dashboard and it has been finally revealed with the recently surfaced images. It has been packed with the features like a fully digital display, instead of the existing layout with physical needles and a screen behind them and the switch would make sure that BMW's top sedan matches up with competitors like the Mercedes S-Class. The rest of the cabin configuration doesn't seem to have changed much, but we might get to see more after BMW officially unveils the car.
Talking of the engine options, the BMW 7 Series facelift is expected to continue with the same powertrains. It is likely that BMW will also introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the car - 740e, which will provide a combined power output from the petrol and electric motor with improvements up to 390 bhp. The rest of the powertrains will continue to be on the list of offerings, but are expected to be modified to offer better performance.
There were rumors suggesting that the M760i's V12 might be dropped from the European lineup by BMW, but the test mule of the sedan still retains the V12 badge on the center console. Possibly, the earlier report wasn't right or the company has managed to make improvements for making the power plant more emission friendly. The rest of the powertrains are supposed to receive upgrades for boosting their outputs. While the car made its way to India in early 2016, globally the current-generation BMW 7 Series, which is underpinned on the CLAR platform, is almost three-years-old. When both of its key rivals, Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift and the new-gen Audi A8 are taken into consideration, they have now moved ahead with regards to features and technology and it's time high that BMW also ups the game with the 7 Series facelift in order to stay in the market. BMW is likely to reveal the facelift version of 7 Series by the end of 2018 or early 2019. It is expected that the car will officially go on sale around mid-2019 and will come to the Indian market in 2020.