2020 BMW 7 Series Review: Power Behind Its Gaping Grille

The BMW 7 Series has undergone a facelift. Safety tech also gets a slight upgrade for 2020, with a more robust automatic park assist function that adds a new Back-Up Assist feature that can navigate the 7 Series out of parking spots. The system remembers a driver’s inputs to get into space and will carry them out in reverse order. That joins a standard feature menu that includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, speed limit information and a surround-view camera. Adaptive cruise control and active lane-keep assist are optional, allowing for partially automated, hands-on-the-wheel driving.

2020 BMW 7 Series

The big BMW 7 Series rattled the luxury sedan market back in 2016 thanks to advanced technology, new levels of comfort and Newton’s law-defying driving dynamics. Now for 2019, BMW has given it’s luxury sedan a nip and a tuck both inside and out. The BMW 7 Series will be offered in 2 body styles, but the SA market will only be getting the long wheelbase options. The newcomer is 5 260 mm long and total length has been increased by 22 millimeters. The new 7’s height and width remain the same.

The Steering Wheel

Also new is the steering wheel that features a modified arrangement of the multifunction controls. The infotainment system is BMW’s latest Operating System 7.0, which combines a 12.3-inch instrument cluster with a 10.25-inch touchscreen control display and the Intelligent Personal Assistant. Rear passengers can get a pair of 10-inch full-HD touchscreen displays with a Blu-ray player.

2020 BMW 7 Series

The Engine

Turbocharged 6, 8 and 12 cylinder engines will be joined by a new 6-cylinder plug-in-hybrid variant when the new BMW 7 Series goes into production this March. Modern exterior design elements enhance the presence of the vehicle while the interior receives touches that upgrade the ambiance of luxury to new levels. The iDrive 7 system along with Mobileye interior camera and available Driving Assistant Professional bring BMW’s latest technology to the brand’s pinnacle luxury sedan.

The Interior

On the inside, the sedan gets an infotainment screen running on BMW’s latest iDrive 7 software, and some climate control and driver assist buttons have been moved within closer reach of the driver. The manufacturer has also increased the level of sound deadening in the car, adding road noise shields to the 7 Series’ wheel-wells and using thicker glass windows across the vehicle.

2020 BMW 7 Series

The Exterior

When you view the 2020 BMW 7 Series, the first thing you’ll notice is its unmistakable exterior featuring a bold kidney grille and slim white 5202 led bulb taillights with a seamless light band sleekly extending across the rear. As poised as the 7 Series is, though, it’s also convenient, offering a Comfort Access System for easy entry. This available feature automatically unlocks the doors and activates the LED Light Carpet when it senses you approaching, so you can be on your way safely and quickly.

Individually available notable options include: Remote Engine Start, 19 inch and 20 inch wheels and tires, m Sport Brakes, Integral Active Steering, Space-saver spare, Ambient Air Package, Front massaging seats, BMW Laserlight, Remote Control Parking, Bowers 7 Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, Rear-seat entertainment Professional and Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection.

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