The unveil of the facelift 2020 BMW 7 Series is just around the corner. We’ve already seen a leaked photo over the weekend which, as expected, has created quite some buzz in the car community. Production of the 2020 BMW 7 Series LCI will kick off this March with most markets getting the luxury sedan shortly after.
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With the refreshed 7 Series, BMW will bring one of their most aggressive and extensive Life Cycle Impulses to date, from its exterior design to the power plants offered. And that’s exactly what the high-end limousine needs.
According to sources, the G11/G12 LCI will come with the also refreshed B58 engine. The B58TÜ1 engine was introduced in December 2018 at the Aachen Colloquium for Engine Technology and is offered as usual with different performance levels. Two power levels are planned, called ML (middle power level) and OL (upper power level). In the ML comes the B58 TÜ1 with 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 to 500 Newton meters of torque, the OL has 275 to 285 kW (374 to 388 hp) and 500 Newton meters of torque.
The 2020 BMW 740i RWD and xDrive will make use of the middle power level with 335 hp (340 hp depending on the market).
Next in line of upgrades is the plug-in hybrid model. Sold under the 745e iPerformance xDrive, the new hybrid will use a 3.0 liter six-cylinder gasoline engine paired with an electric motor in the back. The internal combustion engine makes 286 PS and it is part of their EfficientDynamics offering. That the overall power the car can deliver rises up to a maximum of 394 PS (388 HP) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque thanks to an electric motor still located between the thermal unit and the gearbox, good for 112 PS.
The V8-powered 7 Series gets a power bump as well. Using the latest N63TÜ3 (as seen in the M850i), the 750i xDrive will deliver 523 hp (530 hp – depends on who you ask) and 750Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. Compared to the M Performance 8 Series, the 750i will not get the ///M branding in front of its name.
That M logo and engineering is reserved for the rebirth of the M760i xDrive. The V12 TwinTurbo was pulled from certain markets due to the regulations imposed by the EU. The engine is said to have been revised with the Otto particulate filter to cut down on harmful emissions and will arrive in the LCI 7er with around 600 horsepower.
All of these models outlined here are going to be available in the United States, so it’s likely that other markets will have their own powerplant updates.