2020 BMW 7-Series Breaks Cover (MASSIVE)

My Oh My what a massive.. um…er Grille you have!

The profile of the facelifted 2020 BMW 7-Series lends a bolder, more aggressive stance over the outgoing model.

The flagship sedan boasts a single frame around its traditional twin-kidney grille, which has grown 40 percent in surface area over the previous model. The larger grille is offset by new, slender LED headlamps, bold character lines in the hood and bigger lower intakes. At the rear, the sedan features a single strip connecting the 3D LED taillamps and wider rear exhaust tips added to the horizontal emphasis of the design theme. The 7 Series rides on a 126.4-inch wheelbase boasting 44.4 inches of rear legroom and 41.1 inches of front legroom. Overall length has grown to 207.4 inches.

The 2020 7 Series will be offered in five different variants starting with the rear-drive 740i, which is powered by a turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine producing 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The 740i xDrive features the same engine with all-wheel drive. These models accelerate to 60 mph in 5.3 and 4.8 seconds respectively.

The 750i xDrive has a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine producing 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque as well as all-wheel drive. It accelerates to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The M760i xDrive also has all-wheel drive and a V12 engine producing 600 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, which rockets the car to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.

Rounding out the lineup is the 745e xDrive plug-in hybrid. Total system output of the 280-horsepower turbo inline-six and the 113-horsepower electric motor is 389 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. The plug-in hybrid has more power and a higher range when driving in all-electric mode than in the outgoing model. The 745e xDrive uses a 12.0 kWh lithium-ion battery, which is stored under the rear seats, freeing up more cargo space in the trunk. The PHEVโ€™s all-electric driving range will be announced closer to the sedanโ€™s on-sale date.

All 2020 models are equipped with a revised 8-speed automatic transmission which is the standard gearbox for the 2020 model year. It should now deliver quicker and smoother gear shifts, and comes as standard with a Launch Control function.

Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

What are your thoughts on the bigger grill and overall design?

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