The BMW 7 Series luxury saloon will gain more hybrid variants along with a sharper new look later this year as part of its mid-life facelift.
Spotted testing on public roads in Germany, the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival is being adapted to cater to new global legislation that is expected to see sales of electrified models increase at an accelerated rate.
Currently, the 7 Series is offered with just one hybrid drivetrain, as the 740e, but ever-tightening global legislation in some of BMW's most important markets have encouraged the integration of the brand's electric technology into more powertrains.
China is BMW’s largest market and the 7 Series is particularly well suited to the high demand for luxury vehicles there. But new legislation will require 8% of each car brand’s Chinese sales to be for ‘new energy vehicles’, which includes hybrids and electric vehicles, from 2019.