• Jun 21st 2007 at 8:04AM
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Although the BMW 7-series has undergone some mild styling tweaks over the past few years, it seems that more is on the way, all in an effort to tighten the reigns of the mangled Bangled versions that caused drivers to bleed from their eyes.
Although some hope that the Concept CS will influence future 7s, the 2009 model will be more of an evolution, likely drawing cues from the redesigned 3-series. But the real changes are likely to come from underneath.

A longer wheelbase, partnered with a wider track, will be utilized to keep with BMW's handling ethos, while new engine choices, including a hybrid and twin-turbo V8 diesel will provide motivation. A new ZF eight-speed gearbox is almost certain, along with a revised iDrive system and several new safety features.

Look out for the refresh in 2009, with a full redesign sometime next decade.

[Source: Autogepot via Motor Authority]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      OK, Autoblog loves to bash Bangle but the more "refined" the 7 becomes the more it looks like a puffed up 3. For my seventy plus grand I want something more distinctive. the CS can't come fast enough if BMW's styling is to keep pace with its leadership in engineering.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jason is correct. Bimmer is the reference used by most folks for their cars. Beemer is the reference to their motorcycles and not their cars.

      What's funny is that while everyone bashes the exterior of the 7-series, especially the trunk, you see quite a few other automakers imitate many of the same styling cues (ahem, Toyota, Mercedes, Hyundai, etc).

      We ought to wait and see what the styling changes bring about without all the camouflage tape before we pass judgment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      almost looks like a cadillac without the bmw symbol on the grille =P

      i'd take an A8 over the 7 though - i think it's way classier looking
      • 8 Years Ago
      I must be the only one who feels that the first version of the current 7 was a great looking automobile. Very stylish, fast lines, and classy too. Throw the 19" sport wheels and you have a great looking big auto.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Well, i would be the second, i much prefer the first look of the current generation to the facelift version (looks way too bland), it was aggressive, distinctive and the trunk was a not that bad, definetly in line with the general design. And i do think people would have bought it, exterior design will always be a matter of taste but the interior was of incredible well built and very luxurious (way better than the S Klasse i think) while the chassis and engines were outstanding, sounds like a good luxury car to me
        • 8 Years Ago
        uh...you ARE the only one who thinks that the 7 is a good looking car. If it didn't have a BMW emblem on the hood nobody would be buying it. It would be laughed at as much as the Aztec if it wasn't a BMW. BMW should do a MAJOR redesign of the 7 soon!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the "all dinged up baseball bat to the hood" look. Make's it look tough. Hope they keep it.