The new 2019 BMW 7 Series has been unveiled and it’s getting a controversial facelift. Here’s everything you need to know.
2019 BMW 7 Series
Congestion Charge-exempt hybrid models
Price and release date
From £69,430; April 2019
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2019 BMW 7 Series price and release date
BMW has confirmed that prices for the 2019 BMW 7 Series will start from £69,430 for the rear-wheel-drive 730d, which has a 265hp, 3.0-litre diesel engine. Numerous trims will be available, with the top of the range being the £138,935 M760Li xDrive. This all-wheel-drive variant has a longer wheelbase (the space between the front and rear wheels) and a 585hp, 6.6-litre petrol engine. The 2019 BMW 7 Series will go on sale on 13th April.
2019 BMW 7 Series styling
The 2019 BMW 7 Series looks very different from the outgoing model. Most notable is the front, where the iconic BMW ‘kidney’ grille has been made far larger than before, while the headlights are slimmer. At the back, the taillights have been remodelled to complement the thinner look of the front headlights. The dual exhausts have been redone, too, now with a sliver of chrome trim between them. This redesign may have been done to bring the 7 Series’ aesthetics in line with new models – such as the 2019 X7 SUV – but you might think that that giant grille being paired with such slender headlights makes the car look rather goofy.
2019 BMW 7 Series specs
All 2019 BMW 7 Series cars get a 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen on the dashboard, with twin 10.0-inch touchscreens available for the rear seats. All screens can display navigation graphics and the latter ones also include Blu-ray players. Every spec will include the Intelligent Personal Assistant – BMW’s resident Siri, which can operate such functions as the music, heating and navigation. Other features included on all models are a 360-degree camera and cruise control (adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go is optional). If you want more space, L cars have a longer wheelbase, giving passengers more rear legroom. Meanwhile, all-wheel-drive xDrive gives you more grip on slippery roads. As before, comfy air suspension comes as standard on all trims. Plus, non-hybrid models are available with Executive Drive Pro, which scans the road ahead and automatically adjusts the suspension to match – improving comfort and stopping the car list from listing like a ship in bends. If you’re willing to spend (quite a lot) more for the M760Li xDrive, you’ll get this system as standard.
2019 BMW 7 Series engine and driving
You can get the 2019 BMW 7 Series with a choice of diesel, petrol and hybrid engines – all of them come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The most economical is the 745e plug-in hybrid. If you want pure performance, the top-spec M760Li xDrive is your best bet – it boasts 585hp and goes from 0–60mph in a ridiculous 3.8 seconds.
2019 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrids
If you drive in London quite often – or just want to cut your emissions – it’s worth considering the 745e or long-wheelbase 745Le. Both combine a hybrid electric motor with a 286hp, six-cylinder petrol engine. They’re also exempt from paying the Congestion Charge and the forthcoming ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone) tariff, and can travel up to 36 miles on electric power alone. Result! To keep up-to-date on the 2019 BMW 7 Series, and hundreds of other cars, sign up for the carwow newsletter.