New 2019 BMW 7 Series images showing X7 influence leak

BMW 7 Series leak

BMW 7 Series leak

Images from online configurator show high-tech saloon’s styling in full, complete with taller kidney grille

Images showing the full styling of the facelifted BMW 7 Series have leaked online ahead of the car’s official debut, revealing larger kidney grilles influenced by the new X7 SUV.

The new images were posted by BMW Blog, which says they were uploaded early to a BMW online configurator. As well as showing the car’s front end undisguised, the images also unveil its side and rear profile.

The updated luxury saloon’s new nostrils are accompanied by sharper exterior styling that includes slimmer headlights and tail-lights.

Changes have also been made beneath the car’s skin, the most significant of which being the introduction of a more potent plug-in hybrid variant.

Previously spied testing with a disguised livery, the flagship range’s current electrified model, the 740e iPerformance, will give way to a 745e iPerformance hybrid offering more punch and increased range.

Output for the 740e peaks at 322bhp and 369lb ft of torque, but the use of a more advanced motor powered by batteries of a higher energy density is expected to provide more power to the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, edging combined output towards 400bhp.

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The new electrified technology will also provide the 745e with a greater electric-only range. The 740e is good for 29 miles, so it’s likely that the new hybrid will push that into the low 30s.

Alongside the enhanced plug-in variant, the rest of the 7 Series range will also receive improvements. Expect more power and improved fuel economy for the engines, which include six-cylinder petrols and a four-cylinder diesel, as well the V8 750i and V12 M760Li xDrive.

The X7, a rival to the Range Rover that launched late last year, will rub shoulders with the 7 Series at the top of BMW’s range. The design link is likely a tactic to create familiarity between the two flagship models.  

Both cars are pitched directly at high-flying luxury car buyers, of whom a large number come from China. Customers there typically prefer more aggressive car design, so this new look is possibly also evidence of a design shift to cater to tastes in the world’s biggest new car market.

Aside from the altered front end, the rest of the spotted test car appears to feature more discreet alterations, including a new front bumper design and slimmer lights at the rear.

Inside, the existing architecture will be updated with BMW’s latest infotainment technology. Major changes aren’t expected, although a digital instrument display is likely and should significantly enhance the user experience while also helping the 7 Series keep up with technology offered by rivals such as Audi.

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Source: Autocar Online

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