29 July 2004

The first of the latest generation of Chris Bangle-designed BMWs will soon be facelifted. The 7-series, seen by many as the most awkward of the new breed, will be revised next spring.

Our spies caught the Seven testing at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany and our exclusive shots reveal a new front end with more shapely headlamps and a redesigned, taller grille. Despite the disguise masking many of the details, the front appears more elegant than the blunt snout of today’s Seven.

The rear, too, has come in for cosmetic surgery, with a more modest makeover to make it look slightly less bulbous: the shape of the bootlid and the bumper assembly (right) are both changed.

BMW plans to fit two new engines as part of the 7-series’ facelift: a new 255bhp 3.0-litre straight six and the 268bhp 3.0-litre straight six twin-turbodiesel. A simplified iDrive multi-function controller – like that on the 5-series – and a general tidy-up inside completes the facelift.

Insiders say the new car will go on sale next April, suggesting BMW will launch the car at the Geneva Motor Show early next spring. Expect prices to start at around £48,000.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic