NOTE: This article was written before the declaration of a return to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) for the National Capital Region and other areas. The launch schedules and statements here may be affected. - EIC
BMW opened 2020 with a bang when they revealed the refreshed X1 and all-new 1 Series last February. Both of BMW's smallest offering received a more striking exterior, upgraded technologies, along with more powerful (and more efficient) TwinPower Turbo powertrains.
It was then followed with the official launch of the 2 Series Gran Coupe, the return of the 318i variant, and the quiet introduction of the flagship 8 Series coupe. Clearly, the Bavarian automaker is not resting on its laurels, despite the pandemic.
Soon, the X1, 1 Series, 2 Series GC, and the 8 Series will be joined by another flagship car, the 2020 7 Series. Launched late last year and recently getting new mild-hybrid powertrains a couple of weeks ago, the updated full-size luxury sedan will be launched online this coming August 10, 2020, and will have a wide array of standard amenities and tech.
But even before we get to see what the sedan has in store for us, we will immediately be greeted by its massive front grille. Slightly smaller compared to the X7's equally massive grille, the flagship sedan's massive 'schnoz' is actually 40% bigger than before according to BMW. Meanwhile, the redesigned hood comes with a flatter top which gives it a more muscular look.
Other design changes BMW made to the 7 Series include more defined bumper corners, a new front bumper with replaced air intakes, new wheel designs, and even updated taillight clusters/new trim pieces for the outside.
Inside, some might notice it now comes with BMW's digital instrument panel which wasn't available from before. Beyond those, it looks like BMW will also be offering new seat trims and décor options for the interior.
We don't know what the PH-spec 7 Series will have under the hood. All we know is that it might come in either gasoline- or diesel-powered flavors. Receiving new mild-hybrid diesel engines a couple of months ago, the 730d is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six turbo-diesel that cranks out 286 PS with 650 Nm of torque. There's also the 340 PS, 700 Nm of torque available on the 740d xDrive.
For those that still prefer a gasoline-powered 7 Series, there is the 740i and 750i which might be offered soon. The former gets a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six that pushes out 326 PS and 450 Nm of torque, while the latter has a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 that generates 450 PS and 650 Nm of torque.
With just one week left before its launch, we certainly cannot wait to see the 2020 7 Series officially make its way to the country.