Over the past several days, images of the refreshed 2020 BMW 7 Series have appeared online and social media. Today, we’ve been sent several images (a bit grainy, we know) revealing the brand’s updated flagship sedan in full. Apparently, the images come from BMW’s official online configurator, meaning someone with access to the automaker’s system downloaded the images and released them. Three more leaked images showing the car itself have also appeared on Instagram, which we've posted below.
The 7 Series variants we’re looking at immediately below are the M760Li, 750 Li M Sport, and the regular 750Li configurations, all of which are shown in Alpine White but with different wheel options. The restyled front-end matches exactly with the previously leaked images, with a large twin-kidney grille similar to the one found on the new X7 SUV, and a lower fascia resembling the 2014 Vision Future Luxury Concept.
The taillights have also been restyled to more closely resemble those on the all-new 3 Series, though they are connected with an LED bar. The rear bumper has also been redesigned, but it’ll likely vary in styling somewhat by specific trim.
BMW Blog meanwhile has found out what will go under that revised hood too. According to its sources, there will be a refreshed B58 inline-six engine offering either 340 or 388 horsepower and up to 369 lb-ft of torque. There will also be a 745e iPerformance xDrive plug-in hybrid with a combined 388 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque on offer, which is 64 hp more than the current 740e offers.
The 750i will get an updated V8, similar to the one found in the M850i but making approximately 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque in this application.
That is 78 hp up on the current powerplant but it still doesn’t qualify for M branding. That honor will be reserved for a revised M760i xDrive which will retain its 600 hp twin-turbo V12 but with an Otto particulate filter to meet stricter emission regulations.
Considering the numerous leaks and now these computer-generated configurator images have been exposed, we figure BMW will release details and official photos of the 7 Series sometime over the next few days. We expect the live debut to happen in three months’ time at Geneva.
What we can definitively say now about the refreshed 7 Series is that it’s less conservative-looking than before. That large grille is certainly bold and may not appeal to some more traditional styling tastes, but so be it. The big sedan is still a beautiful car and soon it’ll be more competitive than ever against its Audi A8/S8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class rivals.