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2019 BMW 7 Series Facelift Shows Off Massive Grille At The Nurburgring

Our spies caught the upcoming BMW 7 Series facelift flexing its muscles at the 'Ring.

Despite only being introduced in 2015, the current-generation BMW 7 Series will soon be getting a facelift. Our spy photographers have spotted the large luxury sedan getting a thorough workout around the Nurburgring, where we get a clear view of its revised grille with massive vertical slats carried over from its bigger brother, the X7 SUV. Revised headlights and a new front bumper complement the larger twin-kidney grille, giving the sedan a sportier look.

At the back, the taillights have also been restyled, but the changes are subtler than the new sleek headlights. Overall, the styling closely mirrors the X7, which is getting closer to production to rival the Range Rover.

We don’t get any close-ups of the cabin, but the black pieces of cloth imply there will be some significant changes inside. Previous spy shots have shown the updated 7 Series will feature a fully digital instrument cluster and the latest version of BMW’s infotainment system. BMW’s fancy new cabin tech was previewed a few months ago and will debut in the new 8 Series, which recently started production. The X7 will also come with the same hardware and software.

As for what’s under the hood, the sportier front bumper suggests we’re looking at the potent V12-powered M760. There could even be a full-fat M version for the first time in the model's history, as BMW recently filed a trademark for the M7. We’re not holding our breath though, as BMW could simply be protecting the nameplate. Rumors suggest the 2019 7 Series will start production next March, so we should see it break cover either towards the end of this year or early next year.

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