The BMW 7 Series flagship sedan is getting a facelift in 2020 with updates in design, powertrain, and technology. The company’s annual unveil at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show gives us a look into what’s to come from BMW, including the highly anticipated 745e Plug-In Hybrid sedan. The plug-in hybrid variants in the new 7 Series range take all of the sportiness, comfort, and ambiance the luxury sedan is known for and combines those elements with an all-electric driving experience. The 2020 range goes on sale worldwide in April.
More power, all electric
The models in the new series include the 745e, 745Le, and 745Le xDrive. BMW is introducing newly developed drive technology with the 745e xDrive, a specially adapted 280hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine in the plug-in hybrid system. This is replacing the turbocharged inline-four in the 740e xDrive PHEV. The 745e xDrive is paired with an electric motor that makes 113hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, giving the new models more power and torque. It will make a total of 389hp and 442 lb-ft of torque in sport mode, hitting 0-60 in 4.9 seconds. There’s also a new lithium-ion battery that’s more advanced with the latest battery cell tech and has a higher voltage of 12.0 kWh capacity compared to the old model’s 9.2 kWh. Consumption and CO2 emissions have also decreased. The new series offers a virtually silent, zero local emissions drive.
A new, more aggressive look
The powerful new upgrades aren’t just internal. The new sedan is getting a more aggressive look as well. It’s adopting a few design elements from the X7, BMW’s three-row SUV behemoth. The most notable update is the larger kidney grille. It’s 40 percent bigger than the old model with a strong resemblance to the X7’s front. The front end is two inches taller at its highest point than the 2019 model.
The other updates to the 2020 sedan’s design are subtle. The headlights now sport a slimmer profile. BMW’s Laserlight are available above the standard LEDs as well. The hood is redesigned as well with more aggressive lines. The side mirrors have subtle changes and the front bumper now features air deflectors on the air intakes, which funnel cooling to the brakes. The sides also have bigger air outlets. The rear features wider tailpipes, slimmer tail lights, like the headlights, and a light bar that stretches across the tail. The 745e models will sit on standard 18-inch wheels.
Smart and enhanced features
The new 7 Series includes the latest version of the BMW Touch Command unit, a removable tablet with a seven-inch screen. It can be used from any seat and even outside the car. You can operate comfort functions such as seat adjustment, interior lighting and climate control as well as your standard infotainment, like navigation and communications systems. The graphics and menu system and the rear-seat entertainment Experience displays are aligned with BMW Operating System 7.0, which the all-digital displays of the new digital instrument cluster and Control Display also use.
There’s an option for four-wheel steering for improved handling and maneuverability. An Executive Drive Pro chassis system uses navigation data and a camera to adapt the suspension to improve comfort. Adaptive Cruise Control is also optional and is a part of the driving Assistance Professional package. It comes with Lane Keep Assist, Evasion Assist, and a wrong-way warning system. Learn More