The new BMW 7 Series’ huge take on the signature kidney grille could divide opinion.
Flanked by slimmer headlamps, the new Seven’s grille is some 40% larger than that of its forebear and joins such visual updates as thinner brakelamps with a bridging chrome strip. All South African 7s will be long-wheelbase models that are 140 mm longer in between axles than the standard variants. The engine line-up is crowned by the 6,6-litre V12 in the M760Li xDrive G12 (430 kW) and is joined by a 4,4-litre V8 (390 kW) in the 750Li G12, along with a host of inline-six petrol and diesel units and a hybrid. The interior, meanwhile, has undergone acoustic improvements and now features BMW’s new Intelligent Personal Assistant, which adjusts everything from mood lighting to music selection via voice commands.
THE NEW GRILLE IS A WHOPPING 40% LARGER THAN BEFORE