This fall BMW will unveil the facelifted version of the flagship model: the F01/F02 7 Series. The 2013 BMW 7 Series will go on sale later this year and it brings significant updates inside and outside the car.
The F01 and F02 7er LCI models will feature full LED headlights that were redesigned to look sleeker and are smaller in size. Hidden underneath the camouflage is a new eyebrow which now hosts the turn signal indicator. The taillights remained unchanged but are slightly darker in color than the current model. All 7 Series LCI models will get the signal indicator integrated into the side mirrors.
Inside, BMW will offer new trims and colors, along with a redesigned gauges cluster. The other significant change is the introduction of a new iDrive system. While the overall concept behind the iDrive remains unchanged, the main addition to the system is a touchpad surface placed on top of iDrive knob. The touchpad, similar to the Audi system, will allow the driver and passenger to easily enter numbers and characters through gestures without looking at the system.
Further changes occur under the hood. The 750xd will have the same 3 liter tri-turbo diesel engine as seen in the recently unveiled M550d, X5 M50d and X6 M50d. The engine produces 381 horsepower and and was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show.
The U.S. entry-level model, the 740i will change its engine to the N55B30 which produces 320 horsepower. The 750i will now use the N63B44TU powerplant that produces 450 horsepower. BMW 760i remains the top model in the lineup.
Diesel engines are also being updated. The 730d and 740d models will output 258 and respectively 313 horsepower while providing better fuel consumption. No power upgrades are offered for the top model BMW 760i and its N74 twin-turbo V12.
Across the range, the 6-speed auto transmission will be replaced by the ZF 8-speed automatic.
Building atop the latest spy photos and rumors, German magazine AutoZeitung gives us a realistic rendering of the 7 Series LCI.