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Spied: Is the BMW 7 Series getting a major facelift?


BMW puts the 7 Series through its paces in the snow

Normally, when BMW gives their cars a minor model change, it's usually relegated to slightly reshaped trims and lights. The updated 7 Series appears to be more than that, as seen by the latest photos sent to us by our spies.

With heavy camouflage at the front, it suggests that the car might get more than just a new pair of headlights and a bumper. They even went as far as putting false panels on the hood and grill section too. It is possible that it might follow the look of the X7 with a larger kidney grill and more aggressive headlights. The cover on the hood also hints a new design, perhaps more character lines will be added.


Not as hidden is the rear of the car. The edges of the tail lights are covered by the middle is not. These are likely to be tweaked, albeit not as dramatic as the the front. Besides the tail lights, the whole rear bumper has been covered too, suggesting a noticeable change. The design of the doors have been carried over, as seen by the exposed panels.

Minor tweaks to the interior are to be expected. New trim options and an updated version of iDrive may be introduced to the car. At the moment, it is yet to be known if the 7 Series will come with an option for a full LCD screen for its instrument cluster. However, it is possible that it might just follow the airplane-style 'glass cockpit' theme started off by the Audi A8.

As for engines, these are likely to be carried over. It starts with a six-cylinder engine and moves up to a V12 for the long-wheelbase, all-wheel drive 760Li. A plug-in hybrid will also be part of the range as the current model can be specified as such. An upgraded semi-autonomous driving feature is in the cards as well.

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