BMW’s model updates are like clockwork: an all-new model arrives every seven years, with a mid-cycle facelift appearing every four. Having been launched in 2008, it is now time for the 7 Series to receive a refresh, and our friends at Motor Trend have caught a pre-production vehicle out testing.
The 7’s updates look to be very minor and restricted to the head- and taillights, along with the front and rear bumpers. New LED corona rings around the headlights, along with xenon lights for both the regular headlights and brights, and an LED strip (similar to that on the 2012 1 Series coupe and convertible) make for a simple and clean update for the front lights.
The creases just below the lights will also open up more, pointing toward the bottom of the twin-kidney grilles. Expect to see a slightly more upturned front ductwork (almost identical to the current 5 Series), and for the 7 to lose its horizontal chrome “moustache” that runs above and between the fog lights.
Out back, little seems to have changed from the current 7 Series. Our guess is that the rear valence will get a modest nip here and tuck there, and perhaps a new pair of exhaust tips.
The 2012 7 Series will make its debut this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show; in the meantime, make sure to head over to Motor Trend to check out all of the spy shots of the 2012 7.
Source: Motor Trend