If there's one design trend we've been noticing, it's that grills are getting bigger and bigger. It doesn't matter what kind of car it is, there's quite a number of them out there with huge, er, nostrils. BMW isn't immune to it either.
It all started with the X7, employing a rather sizeable kidney grill. Now, even the facelifted 7 Series has the same set of kidneys to go along with its minor model change. Let's just say we'll reserve our judgment when we see the car in the metal and leave opinions in the comment section below.
The massive schnoz aside, there are a couple more changes seen in the 2019 7 Series. Because of the new grill (40 percent bigger, says BMW), the hood has been redesigned and now has a flatter top and a more muscular look. Also, the headlights are given a slimmer look, taking a page out of the 8 Series coupe. Changes to the front are wrapped up by a new front bumper with repositioned air intakes.
As for the flanks, that's mostly been carried over from the pre-facelift 7 Series save for the fender. The 2019 model has a more upright air channel whereas the previous one had it at a more rakish angle. There are new wheel designs to complement the new face of the car too. Moving to the rear, there are slightly more defined bumper corners, new trim elements, and tail light clusters.
Changes to the interior aren't as noticeable as the ones for the exterior. A closer look however reveals a new digital instrument cluster, again inspired by the 8 Series coupe. Other than that, the updates inside are mostly relegated to new seat trim and décor options.
As for engines, the turbocharged inline-six engines for the 740i and 740Li are the same as the pre-update model. Also carried over is the diesel range, consisting of the 730d/Ld, 740d/Ld, and 750d/Ld. There are, however, two new engines. It consists of an redesigned V8 and a six-cylinder plug-in hybrid.
The new V8 engine for the 750i and 750Li now packs a healthy 530 PS and 750 Nm of torque. Because of that, the eight-cylinder 7 Series only comes in all-wheel drive. Moving to the plug-in hybrid, it is badged as 745e or 745Le. Available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the electrically-assisted 7 Series makes 394 PS and 442 Nm of torque.
The 2019 BMW 7 Series will first be offered in continental Europe, followed by the US, and eventually, Asia.