2019 BMW 7 Series facelift debuts, looks prominent

January 16, 2019

The covers have been pulled from 2019 BMW 7 Series facelift. It showcases some of the company’s latest design cues, including a much chunkier front end and chiselled chin and grille section.

It might only been a minor design tweak but the exterior revisions are a standout of the update. At the front you’ll see some larger grilles which protrude outward further than before, with new-look headlights and a sharper yet less-busy lower intake section. It all seems to take some inspiration from the BMW X7, possessing a stronger and overall more prominent look.

Along with the strapping front end styling, the 2019 model provides more grandeur out on the road thanks to its increases in size. Both regular and long wheelbase versions continue, but both are 22mm longer than the outgoing model. Width and height dimensions remain unchanged.

From launch there will be a range of engine options, spanning from an M760Li xDrive with a 430kW 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12, to a new 750i that adopts BMW’s latest 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, producing 390kW like in the new M850i. Further down the range is a 745e plug-in hybrid, which now uses an inline six petrol engine to offer a combined output of 290kW, while the 750d quad-turbo diesel continues with a whopping 294kW. There’s also a 235kW 740d, and a 195kW 730d.

Big changes are made to the interior, chief among which is the introduction of BMW’s latest 10.25-inch media screen running 7.0 operating software, along with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display for the driver.

BMW has revised the Driving Assistant Professional suite for the new model, which includes smart cruise control with steering and lane-change assistance and side collision prevention. Reversing Assistant has also be updated, which essentially means the car can reverse autonomously for up to 50 metres by tracing the same path the driver used to drive in forward.

The new model is set to go on sale around the world a bit later this year, with an Australian introduction likely to take place late in the year. More nitty-gritty details regarding Australian specs are expected in the coming months.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.