This is where you gotta look for BMW’s gadget-laden future

The 2020 BMW 7 Series is now official, and as expected, it’s bringing some serious technological artillery to bear. Here are the most important features to pay attention to, as they may be headed to the rest of Bimmer’s lineup before you know it.

The Good Stuff, Both Inside And Out

The 2020 BMW 7 Series Is A Bavarian Tech Fest Exterior
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With this latest refresh for the full-size German luxury sedan, BMW made sure to update the exterior to match all the good stuff inside. For example, the reshaped front fascia now comes standard with Adaptive Full LED headlights, while BMW’s Laserlight upgrade is optional.

Under the hood, the 2020 7 Series also comes to the party rocking a new six-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain.

With 280 horsepower from internal combustion, plus 113 horsepower and 195 pound-feet from the electric motor and lithium-ion battery combo, the hybrid 7 Series lays down a maximum of 389 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.

Properly applied, it’s enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, all while offering an all-electric power mode for zero local emissions and silent running. BMW will release specs on range for the EV mode at a later date.

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The 2020 7 Series is also equipped with adaptive chassis and handling components, with air suspension as standard at both ends, as well as Active Steering.

These systems will actually learn your driving style and work to offer the best settings accordingly.

Under the skin, the Bimmer uses a variety of high-tech materials for the construction, including a Carbon Core passenger cell and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic elsewhere.

But Wait, The Best Stuff Is In The Cabin

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While it might look similar to the model that came before, the 2020 BMW 7 Series is pretty cutting-edge in terms of tech features.

Kicking it off is standard LED ambient lighting, which gives it a tech-heavy kinda vibe thanks to six different color selections.

Those seated in the rear will have access to a pair of 10.0-inch HD touchscreen displays, plus a Blu-ray player, as well as the option to control various infotainment features, such as nav and online search functions.

There’s also something called BMW Touch Command, which is a removable tablet that can even be used outside the car. This provides digital operation of the seats, lighting, climate control, and infotainment features.

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One of the bigger updates is just behind the steering wheel, where the 7 Series gets a new all-digital instrument cluster and Control Display, with a 12.3-inch diagonal measurement. Complementing the gauges is a BMW heads-up display, which provides a variety of pertinent info just outside the driver’s field of vision.

Connected Navigation is there to help you find your way (and an open parking spot), while a Mobileye interior camera helps to read your movements for accurate gesture control as standard. There’s also a Wi-Fi hotspot and standard wireless device charging.

If you’re looking to get tactical, BMW is offering a Night Vision feature with pedestrian and animal detection, which provides real-time imaging on the Control Display to identify “heat-emitting” objects, which are then illuminated further using the headlight marker light function.

Running it all is a new iDrive 7 infotainment system, while 20 GB of storage space keeps important files close.

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The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is standard as well.

This system offers intuitive voice command for a number of different features, and can also learn your “routines and habits,” including preferences for the seat heating, navigation, and other functions. For example, if you give it a simple command like “I’m cold,” the system will automatically adjust the temperature settings for you. Or, if you say you’re feeling tired, it’ll adjust the temperature, lighting, and music to make you more alert. It can also explain how certain onboard systems work and check on the vehicle status. You can even name the system if desired and hold a “casual conversation” with it. No, seriously. I’ll take a more in-depth look at the digital assistant in a follow-up article later.

Moving onto the safety stuff, the 7 Series comes equipped with visual cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors, all of which enable a variety of standard features, such as Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking, Lane Departure Warning (active up to 130 mph!), Blind Spot Detection, Speed Limit Info, Rear Collision Preparation, and Cross Traffic Alert. There’s also standard features like Active Park Distance Control with automatic braking, a rear view camera, Automatic Parking Assistant, Back-Up Assistant, and a Panorama View feature with a 360-degree view around the car.

Grab the options list, and you’ll have access to the available Driving Assistance Professional package, which throws in Extended Traffic Jam Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision avoidance, Steering & Traffic Jam Assistant, Automatic Lane Change, and Evasion Assistant & Cross Traffic alert.

This Is BMW’s Present, And Its Future

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If you have the money to spend on something like the 2020 BMW 7 Series (starting at $83,650 and ranging up to $156,700 for the range-topper), then odds are you expect all this fanciness right now.

But the truth is, the 7 Series is a solid indicator of where BMW wants to head in the future as well. One overarching theme we noticed is automation - if it can get handled automatically (preferably without the driver or passengers even noticing), then it should get handled automatically. We see it with features like the driver assists and the digital assistant, and odds are, BMW will continue the trend going forward.

The move towards more screens and digitized readouts is fairly obvious as well, with both front- and rear-seated passengers getting in on the action. Say goodbye to analog, folks, because it’s never coming back.

And one more thing - electrified powerplants will be pervasive. Look for hybrid options throughout the Bavarian stable.

All told, we expect a lot of this stuff to trickle down across the BMW lineup. The 7 Series is sort of a test bed in that way - whatever sticks will stick for good.

2020 BMW 7 Series specifications

740i 740i xDrive 750i xDrive M760i xDrive 745e xDrive
Engine type B58B30M1 B58B30M1 N63B44T3 N74B66TU2 XB1151M1
Cylinders 6 6 8 12 6
Valves per cylinder 4 4 4 4 4
Stroke mm 94.6 94.6 88.3 88.3 94.6
Bore mm 82 82 89 89 82
Displacement cm³ 2,998 2,998 4,395 6,592 2,998
Compression rate :1 11.0 11.0 10.5 10.0 11.0
Engine power hp 335 335 523 600 389
at rpm 1/min 5500-6500 5500-6500 5500-6000 5500-6500 5000-6000
Engine torque ft. lbs. 330 330 553 627 442
at rpm 1/min 1500-5200 1500-5200 1800-4600 1550-5000 1500-3500
Fuel type Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline Gasoline
Transmission type Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Transmission type 8HP51 8HP51 8HP76 8HP95 8P75H
0-60 mph seconds 5.3 4.8 3.9 3.6 4.9
Top speed (with perf. tires) mph 130 (155) 130 (155) 130 (155) 155 130 (155)

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