BMW Has More Leaks Than a Cheap Tent as the 2020 7 Series Configurator Accidentally Goes Live Early
So much for the NAIAS surprise, huh?by Kirby, on
A fresh batch of leaked images of the new 2020 BMW 7 Series has surfaced online. The new images show the front, side, and rear of the 7 Series in the M760Li, 750Li M Sport, and 750Li. It’s not the first time this week that we’re seeing the new 7 Series before it’s scheduled to debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. In a span of a few days, leaked photos from Russia surfaced on the Internet, giving us a peek at the luxury sedan. No less than a day a later, the full front section of the 7 Series was shown, providing us a clean look at the sedan’s massive corporate grille. Suffice to say; it hasn’t been the best of weeks for BMW’s anti-leaks division if it even has one in the first place.
BMW’s 2020 7 Series Configurator Goes Live Early
Well, there you have it. If you’ve been waiting with bated breath to see the updated BMW 7 Series at the 2019 North American International Auto Show, you won’t have to wait any longer. Not only are these leaked images clear as day, but they also show all pertinent sections of the facelifted 7 Series.
By the looks of it, these photos are part of the 7 Series’ online configurator, which will be launched sometime next week after the luxury sedan makes its official debut in Detroit.
From what we can tell, the images show the 7 Series dressed in an Alpine White body finish. No surprises there as the color of choice is straight out of BMW’s color palette. The front section of the 7er doesn’t surprise, too, in part because we already saw it a few days ago courtesy of another leaked image on Instagram.
The interesting bit is that one of the leaked images of the front profile shows the 7 Series sporting a different lower bumper than the other two models.
In fact, that bumper design is eerily similar to the one worn by the 2014 BMW Vision Future Concept.
Could it be that Bimmer designers rummaged through their past concept designs, unearthed the Vision Future Concept, and decided to adopt one of its more distinctive styling cues on the 7 Series? It’s possible. In any case, the unique bumper could be a specific trim feature as the leaked images show the regular 750Li, 750Li M Sport, and the M760Li. If it’s not a trim feature, it’s more likely part of the accessory list that BMW will undoubtedly offer for the 7 Series.
Look just behind the front section and you’ll also notice the 7 Series sitting on three different sets of wheels.
Again, this isn’t breaking news. BMW has a fair amount of wheel options to choose from. I must say, though, the five-spoke wheels look good on the 7 Series.
Move to the photos of the 7 Series’ side profile, and you’ll notice a particularly distinctive design change from the previous design of the 7 Series. The hockey stick-looking design that runs across the bottom of the 7er’s body now sits upright. It’s a small change from the previous design, which was slightly slanted towards the front tires, but it’s still noticeable, especially with the toe area being taller compared to the previous design. Another interesting design change is the character line that cuts across the door handles of the sedan. It’s hard to notice it from the photos, so I looked at the other leaked images of the 7 Series from the last few days, and I noticed that the line doesn’t stretch from the corner of the front headlamps all the way close to the rear taillamps anymore. Instead, it now starts just ahead of the front doors and ends a little past the rear doors.
Granted, it’s hard to see it because of the body color the 7 Series is wearing in the leaked configurator images, but if you look at it from a distance, there’s a big difference in how the updated 7 Series looks compared to the model it’s replacing. Personally, I like the longer character line because it gave the 7 Series a more distinctive appearance, but I’m not sweating the change. A lot of people might not even notice it anyway.
Now let’s take a look at the rear section where you’ll see different designs to the rear bumper in the same way as the front. One image shows a more subdued design with slightly redesigned taillamps. A slim light bar still connects the two.
The rear bumper, on the other hand, doesn’t scream like a 7 Series.
It’s a little too simple for the quality of the 7 Series. While I’m at it, is that a trailer hook? It certainly looks like one, which is, head-scratching on a 7 Series, to say the least. The other two images of the 7 Series’ posterior are similar in design. The dual chrome tailpipes and the brake lights are located inside a black cutaway design piece that gives the 7er a more aggressive appearance. By all accounts, these two images likely represent the 750Li M Sport and the M760Li. Good news, too, in that the trailer hook isn’t present in the two images.
Changes are likely afoot under the hood as well. While no details have emerged on this front, numerous reports indicate that the 740i trim of the 2020 7 Series now produces anywhere between 335 horsepower and 340 horsepower in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive form. Likewise, the 750i’s output swells to 530 horsepower and 533 pound-feet of torque while the 745e plug-in hybrid now packs a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to produce an output of 388 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
Overall, the updated 7 Series looks about as refreshed as an updated model can be.
I actually prefer the previous version over this one, but I can see why Bimmer rolled out the updated model only two years after it introduced the current-generation 7 Series. For a car that’s supposed to sit in the upper-echelon of BMW’s model lineup, keeping the design fresh is probably as important as anything BMW could’ve done to the 7 Series.
Read our full review on the 2020 BMW 7 Series.
Read our full review on the 2018 BMW 7 Series.
Read our full review on the 2014 BMW Vision Future Luxury.
Source: BMW Blog