BMW unveiled the redesigned 2020 7 Series flagship sedan. Design changes include an upgraded V8 powertrain, six-cylinder PHEV, and the adoption of the larger grille. It resembles the X7’s front fascia, making it two inches taller compared to the 2019 model. The 7 Series lineup is more power, yet eco-friendly with improvements to the eight-speed automatic transmission and the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The 2020 BMW 7 Series went with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that uses a 280-horsepower inline six-cylinder mill. Pairing that with an electric motor delegates 113 horsepower and 195 pound-ft of torque. The 745e xDrive will have a total of 389 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque in sport mode. This hybrid model can still sprint 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. The 745e will have an improved lithium-ion battery pack with a 12.0 kWh capacity.
The 750i xDrive is getting the overhauled twin-turbocharged V8, outputting up to 523 horsepower and up to 553 pound-feet of torque. BMW claims the 0-60 sprint is 3.9 seconds. Other powertrain options include the 335 horsepower turbocharged inline-six in 740i models, and the 600 horsepower twin-turbocharged V12 on the M760i.
Aesthetic design changes include a slimmer profile on the headlights. BMW’s Laserlights will be an upgrade option available. The 7 Series has more aggressive lines on the hood, side mirrors are slightly different and the front bumper includes air deflectors on the air intakes to help with brake cooling. The tailpipes are wider and taillights are slimmer with an added light bar that stretches across the rear. The 740i and 745e models will have 18-inch wheels, 750i models will have 19-inch wheels and the M760i will have 20-inch wheels standard.
Interior changes are updated technology and improved ride quality. The 2020 BMW 7 Series has a new instrument cluster and a large infotainment screen. Pricing has not yet been announced, but expectations will be similar pricing to previous models. The new 7 Series launches into the market in April 2019.
Written by: Andee Oehm
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