One of the biggest complaints about this current G11-generation of BMW 7 Series is its looks. It’s not that it’s an ugly car by any means, it just isn’t as premium or interesting looking as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which oozes opulence at first glance. The 7er is handsome and it grows on you over time but the S-Class has more curb appeal. So a facelift for BMW’s flagship luxury car is in order and, thankfully, one is currently in the works.
The facelifted BMW 7 Series has just been caught doing some testing at the Nurburgring and it’s rather interesting (we don’t own the spy photos but check them out here).
In these new photos, we see a white 7 Series test mule that has its entire front and rear ends covered in camouflage. So BMW is clearly making so decently sized changes to the face and butt of the 7er. At the front, we can already see that it looks quite a bit different from the current car, which is easy to see as BMW brought along a current 7 Series for testing as well, likely for them to compare. The newly facelifted car seems to have even larger grilles and more squinty headlights, likely borrowing from the new BMW X7 SUV.
The car in these photos also seems to have some sort of M Sport package, as the front bumpers has little vertical vents, which seem ot be brake cooling vents, that flank either side of it. It’s also wearing sporty looking wheels and is sitting surprisingly low to the ground. From its ride height, we’d assume a possible BMW M7 but we know that it’s unlikely for BMW to make such a thing and this car has rectangular exhausts, not the typical M-car quad pipes.
It also seems to get a much larger Air Breather at the front fender, which could be borrowed from the design of the BMW 8 Series and we’re hoping the “hockey stick” bit of trim stays on the cutting room floor.
Out back, it doesn’t seem much different but, then again, it’s wrapped in heavy camouflage. We assume BMW wouldn’t do that unless there were significant enough changes to hide but we’ll see soon enough.
The BMW 7 Series is a good car that deserves a bit of tweaking to make it very good, as it has the potential to be one of the best cars on the market. Some more exciting looks, a more premium looking and feeling cabin and some slightly better ride and driving dynamics could send it over the edge. Let’s hope for the best.