The upcoming 2019 BMW 7 Series Facelift seems to have been leaked on Instagram. According to the Russian poster @fdnidin, this is the front-end of the Life Cycle Impulse 7 Series which will be introduced in the next few weeks. We’ve known for months that BMW was holding VIP closed-room previews of the 7 Series, so the leak seems to be accurate.

As we mentioned before, the 7 Series will take lots of its design cues from the X7 and from the Vision Future Luxury Concept previewed in 2014. The front-end gets slimmer headlights that continue to integrate with the kidney grille which now takes a larger size, with massive chrome around it.

The lower part of the front-fascia has also been redesigned, with both a more dynamic and luxurious look, emphasized by the abundance of chrome inserts. We don’t have a view of the side and rear-end, but based on previous spy photos, we know that the Air Breather is now sitting vertically behind the front wheel and is no longer positioned at an oblique angle.

Vision Future Luxury Concept

In the back, it also gets a new design with taillights similar to those of the new 3 Series, just with an LED light bar that spans the length of the rear end. That may have been done to take on the new Audi A8, which also sports a tail-wide LED light bar. It’s said to look better than before.

Some decent updates are expected in the cabin as well, including BMW’s new digital instrument panel, and likely its newest iDrive system, pulled from the new BMW X5 and 8 Series. So it gets a bit more tech but its design and level of luxury are basically the same.

We don’t have any information yet on the comfort, performance or driving dynamics but we don’t expect much to change, mechanically. The refreshed 7 Series will likely remain competitive in the segment but just how competitive remains to be seen. There are some interesting new cars in this segment, like the new A8 and Lexus LS500, so these new changes to the 7er are going to need to be good.

First reviews of the 7 Series LCI are expected in March-April, so the Internet debut will likely take place in February.