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- BMW 7 Series facelift spotted testing
- Styling will be tweaked to resemble the upcoming X7 SUV
- More self-driving technology expected
- On sale late-2018
The facelifted version of BMW’s luxurious 7 Series limousine has been spotted testing in Germany. Recent updates to the Mercedes S-Class and an all-new Audi A8 have forced BMW’s hand, so you can expect new styling and autonomous capabilities from the new 7 Series when it goes on sale later in 2018.
New 7 Series styling
The new 7 Series will look quite similar to the outgoing model, but underneath the camouflage, it’s clear that the headlights will be much slimmer and the ‘kidney’ grilles have been made even bigger. From the front, it’ll look very similar to the upcoming X7 SUV while at the back a new bumper and some tweaked brake lights will be inspired by the new 8 Series coupe and four-door Gran Coupe.
It’d be very surprising if wholesale changes were made to the 7 Series’ interior. Expect the cabin to look almost identical to the current model, with leather and other plush materials aplenty. It’ll certainly feel opulent and relaxing.
There’ll be extra self-driving technology available, including remote-control parking from the car’s key fob. Leg room and boot space won’t change, but the outgoing car isn’t exactly lacking in these areas – its 515-litre boot is bigger than almost all alternatives and there’s a long-wheelbase model available if you want truly limo-like leg room.
Engines and driving
BMW will tweak the current 7 Series engines to eke out slightly more power and enhanced fuel economy. A 3.0-litre diesel that’ll return a claimed 59mpg will be the sensible option, but it’ll still complete the 0-62mph sprint in around six seconds – plenty fast enough for most buyers. There’s also a hybrid that’s worth considering if you (or your chauffeur) do lots of city driving.
Need more speed? Six-cylinder 3.0-litre petrol models will also be available with two power outputs, and the bonkers M760Li range-topper is set to get even more power. The latter already has 621hp, which is enough to leap from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 189mph.
Price and release date
The new 7 Series will go on sale by the end of 2018. Prices will only rise slightly over the outgoing model, with entry-level cars weighing in at around £65,000. Want the super-fast M760li instead? You’ll need to cough up around £140,000.