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BMW updates 7 Series with gargantuan grille, latest tech

by Justin King

The exterior adjustments aim to achieve "significantly greater presence."

BMW has revealed the 2020 7 Series, refreshing the sedan with new styling and a range of tech upgrades.

A massive new kidney grille is the most glaring change, taking inspiration from the latest X7's front end and raising the highest point by two inches. Designers have also tweaked the front bumper, hood, front fenders and rear bumper trim to further establish a "significantly greater presence."

The grille is flanked by new slender adaptive LED headlights, while BMW's Laserlight tech is available as an option. Out back, a thin full-width light strip now bridges the L-shaped taillights. The strip creates an illuminated accent when the daytime running lights are switched on.

The 7 Series is available with six-, eight-, and 12-cylinder engines, along with a plug-in hybrid powertrain with increased electric range and improved performance. The 750i xDrive package boasts a new 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 with 523 horsepower -- up 80 ponies from the outgoing V8 -- and 553 pound-feet of torque, launching the big sedan to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

Inside, the refreshed 7 Series has been outfitted with BMW's modern digital instrument cluster and iDrive 7 infotainment system. Active Driving Assistant comes standard, while the optional Driving Assistant Professional tech adds several more capabilities including hands-free Traffic Jam Assist at speeds of up to 37 mph.

The 2020 7 Series is scheduled to arrive in US showrooms by April, with pricing to be announced closer to launch.

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