Russian Leak Reveals BMW 7 Series Facelift

Apparently, Russian leaks aren’t just for political emails. BMW is having a Hillary moment after a fan of the brand allegedly leaked low-quality photos of the 2020 BMW 7 Series via Instagram. Although the images were quickly removed, the automaker responded by posting better photos, including front, rear, and side views of the vehicle on their BMW Blog.

Were they reacting to the leak, or was it all planned as a way to drum up headlines and hype? We may never know, but it’s hard to care one way or another with so much grandeur to gander.

What we do know is the 7 Series has been subject to privileged sneak previews for months, so it’s likely the leak originated from one of these events, especially since the person who leaked the pics is said to be a BMW fan and/or owner. BMW had originally scheduled the big reveal for the following week anyway, so they didn’t lose much thunder, thanks to a speedy redirect.

Now to the good stuff. It looks like the 2020 BMW 7 Series features a decent facelift, including tech upgrades and cosmetic adjustments. Since the car itself won’t likely debut live and in person until the Geneva Motor Show in March, here are a few tidbits to tide you over until then.

Mechanics Will Stay the Same
By all estimates, there won’t be any major changes to the mechanics of the BMW 7 Series for the 2020 model. Fans of the brand can probably expect to see more of the same in terms of engine capacity and drive train, with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder base model and/or a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8, as well as options for rear or all-wheel drive. A 745e iPerformance plug-in hybrid is rumored as an upgrade to the current 740e iPerformance, but so far it’s just grist.

Upgrades to the 2020 BMW 7 Series
So, what can BMW aficionados expect from the updated 7 Series? The body gets some sporty upgrades with a more robust kidney grille, new headlights and tail lights, a new fascia design, and some additional chroming…you know, for style points. Other cosmetic overhauls could include a cushier interior, in keeping with the push for luxury amenities, but the main upgrades appear to be along technological lines.

It’s speculated that the newest version of the iDrive system will make an appearance and interior upgrades will likely include newer display options. If the recently unveiled 2019 X7 is any indication of the direction BMW is going, the new 7 Series model will also feature a 12.3-inch instrument screen for the driver, as well as similarly-sized second screen situated at the forefront of the center console area. Touch capabilities are pretty much a given at this point.

In truth, there’s not a ton of information yet available, but we did get an early peek at the stylings of the 2020 BMW 7 Series, and while a major overhaul isn’t readily apparent, BMW fans will get a few nice upgrades with the new model.

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