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    2020 BMW 7-Series OVERVIEW

    The 2020 BMW 7-Series has undergone a major refresh, bringing updated styling, new technology, and a wide variety of powertrain options. The big sedan is luxurious enough that you wouldn't be faulted for hiring someone to drive you around while you sit in the back, but this is one of the best driving luxury vehicles available.

    What's New for 2020

    While it's still using the same underpinnings as the 2018 model, the 2020 BMW 7-Series has had a huge face-lift. It now sports new styling details across nearly the entire car, the most noticeable being the much larger kidney grille. The interior has also been updated, including a new instrument cluster, improved sound deadening, and trim materials. Additionally, the 750i model has a new V8 engine with 80 more horsepower, while the plug-in hybrid 745e model now features a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine instead of the previous turbo four-cylinder found on the outgoing model.

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    Choosing Your BMW 7-Series

    Like most BMW models, navigating the options and trim levels of the 7-Series is anything but clear. There are five powertrain options and two Designs that define the 7-Series, in addition to a plethora of packages and standalone options that are available on each model.

    The first choice prospective buyers must make is what powertrain package they would like, as we've detailed below under each trim level. These include the: 740i, 740i xDrive, 750i xDrive, M760i xDrive, and 745e xDrive.

    Regardless of what model you choose, the 7-Series is equipped with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that offers improved efficiency and performance from all engines in the lineup. These trims are mostly differentiated by their engine choice, with most options and packages available across the lineup.

    Once you've chosen your powertrain, you must choose what Design you would like. All 7-Series models have the choice of either the Luxury or M Sport Design, with the exception of the M760i xDrive where the M Sport is standard. The Luxury is standard everywhere else, while the M-Sport is available for an extra $3,400 (only $3,000 on 750i xDrive). The M-Sport offers a sportier interior and exterior style with an aerodynamic body kit, a sport steering wheel, and unique interior features.

    All 7-Series models come with a wide range of standard equipment that includes adaptive LED headlights, Dakota leather upholstery (Nappa leather in the high end models), wireless charging, an adaptive air suspension, parking assistance, and BMW's Active Driving Assistant, which combines low speed automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and collision warnings, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, speed limit info, and rear collision preparation systems.

    However, BMW also offers so much more. Besides the 15 leather options and nine interior trim options that allow you to customize your interior to be exactly what you want, the 7-Series has a variety of packages available across the board.

    The Cold Weather Package ($750) adds remote engine start, front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seat armrests. The Driving Assistance Professional Package ($1,700) brings adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, automatic lane change, evasion aid, and traffic jam assist, while the Interior Design Package ($1,800) adds Alcantara headliner, wood trim to the grab handles, rear seat belt covers, luxury rear floor mats, and a rear center armrest.

    The Executive Package ($2,500) includes a panoramic LED moonroof, front ventilated seats, and black ceramic finishes to various interior controls. The Premium Package ($3,000) includes a head-up display and power rear sunshades.

    Finally, the Luxury Rear Seating Package ($3,900) is perfect for those who expect to be driven around. It adds multi-adjustable rear seats with ventilation and massage functionality, a heated steering wheel, front and rear heated seats, and front and rear heated armrests. Rear passengers can also control the rear climate, lighting, audio, and the seat functions.

    Notable standalone options not included in packages include the Ambient Air Package ($350) that fills the car with ionized scented air, adaptive LED headlights with BMW's Laserlight technology ($1,000), a night vision system with pedestrian detection ($2,300), and a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround sound audio system ($3,400).


    The entry level 7-Series is the 740i, which starts at $87,445 (all prices include a $995 destination charge), or $90,445 for the 740i xDrive (xDrive is BMW's way of saying all-wheel drive). The 740i is equipped with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that puts out 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. This set-up returns an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon city, 29 mpg highway, and 24 combined, or 20/28/23 mpg (city/highway/combined) with AWD.

    BMW's xDrive system make the 740i noticeably quicker due to the extra traction. It goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, which bests the 5.3-second time of rear-wheel-drive 740i models.

    In addition to the aforementioned packages, the Autobahn Package ($4,100) is available that maximizes the experience for the driver. It adds an active steering system and an active comfort driving system that improve vehicle dynamics and comfort. Its electromechanical stabilization system and camera allows it to proactively adjust to road irregularities to keep the car straight and level.

    745e xDrive

    If you'd rather have your 7-Series sip gas instead of guzzle it, BMW has you covered with the $96,545 745e xDrive plug-in hybrid model. The 745e combines a more economically-tuned version of the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six from the 740i with a plug-in hybrid system for a combined output of 389 hp. The 745e gets an EPA-estimated 16 miles of all-electric range, 290 miles of total range, and 56 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe) combined). The Cold Weather Package only costs $500 on this model, while the Autobahn Package isn't available.

    750i xDrive

    Those in search of more power will find it with the 750i xDrive, which is only available with all-wheel drive and starts at $103,645. This model packs a new 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that puts out a healthy 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, which allows the big sedan to get from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Fuel economy checks in at 17/25/20 mpg.

    On this model, the Autobahn Package is back but the Premium Package isn't available. Additionally, the Executive Package costs $3,900 here because it adds the power rear sunshades and massaging functionality to the front seats.

    If you want to be coddled in the rear seats while someone else drives, the newly-available Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package ($5,750) is for you. This turns the back seat into an experience that approximates that of a private jet, adding power rear seats, power footrests, a unique rear center console with a foldable table, and a rear seat entertainment system with dual 10-inch screens on the front seat backs and a Blu-ray player.

    M760i xDrive

    While the V8 already offers a ton of power, those who want something truly special under the hood will be satisfied with the top-of-the-line M760i xDrive. For a mere $158,695, the M760i xDrive sports a buttery smooth 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 with 600 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. The zero-to-60 mph is just 3.6 seconds and the engine isn't rated by the EPA, but the experience surrounding the V12 is about more than the numbers.

    The option packages for the M760i xDrive are pared down because the car comes with more standard features than the rest of the lineup. Only the Driving Assistance Professional Package, Luxury Rear Seating Package (only $1,800 here), and Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package are available.

    CarsDirect Tip

    Whether you'd like to drive or be driven, the 750i xDrive offers the best of both worlds in the 2020 BMW 7-Series lineup. The Rear Executive Lounge Lounge Seating Package isn't available on the 740i and 745e models, and the thrill of the V8 is hard to pass up. Although wonderful, the M760i xDrive is overkill in most circumstances, making the 750i just right for many people.

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