• Jul 3rd 2008 at 9:22AM
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There's a crack in the dam somewhere at BMW, and what certainly appear to be official press shots of the new 2009 7 Series are now making the rounds. This leads us to believe that we should see an official release from the automaker sometime over the weekend (if the way the 1 Series leaks played out is any indication). Obviously, all we have to go on are the photos, so lets talk about what we can see. The new car's lines and overall appearance are remarkably conservative compared to the Bangleized E65/E66 cars we were presented in 2001. The 2006 facelift those cars underwent cured many of those visual ills, and this latest car mainstreams things even further.

Up front, the wide double-kidney grille is flanked by angel-eye lamps that have an "eyebrow" built into their assembly. Move to the rear, and you'll find a pair of somewhat bulbous-looking (in pictures, at least) taillamps that are likely to generate a good amount of for/against chatter. Integrated, parallelogram-shaped exhaust tips poke through the rear bumper of the gold long-wheelbase car, while the darker, diesel-powered standard-length machine has a traditional double-tipped outlet on the driver's side.

The interior sports a new iDrive controller with buttons mounted around it now, and the iDrive onscreen interface itself is new, too. The multifunction steering wheel now has 3 spokes instead of four, and one shot clearly shows BMW's new in-car Internet service onscreen. Finally, the rear-seat entertainment system gets screens on each front seatback instead of the single, low-mount center screen available in the current 7. We're sure there's plenty more to talk about as well. For now, the comment floor is yours, and we expect to be talking about the official details in the coming days. Thanks to all the tipsters!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Two Problems

      The Controls for iDrive require the driver to fumble around with the gear knob to get to them
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car with a Lexus badge - "oh man, what a boring vehicle, typical Japanese styling"

      This car with BMW badge - "wow, great BMW"

      This car with a Ford badging - "what a piece of junk."
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hahahah, so true. That's hilarious.
      • 7 Years Ago
      bring back the E38!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Overall, I think it's fairly attractive, but it seems a bit boring. It looks to me like the car should have come between the current 7 and the 7 previous to that. It basically seems like they have moved backwards a bit - by mixing the old 7 and the current 7 to make this one. That may very well be a good thing as the previous 7 (740iL from 98-'02???) was one of my favorites. I'd totally buy this one!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That awful double hump is gone from the interior and both front and rear details have been improved. On balance I find it much better looking. The biggest problem is that so many have copied the side window shape that it doesn't particularly look like a Bimmer in profile. It needs a stronger crease below the windows.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I am underwhelmed. It is quite bland to be honest and the interior looks like more of the same. They have added back the gear lever, which seems a good idea. My brother's mother-in-law bought a 7 and hates the whole thing once she really started driving it. She was very annoyed at the iDrive and didn't like the gear lever thing on the column.

      BMW could have made this look really hot I think, given some of the CS Concepts good looks.... the front end is really boring to be honest. Has a bland feel. I know the current 7 had all kinds of controversy with its styling, but this to me is too bland, to much of a smoothing over.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Love the Photoshopped Google home page on the nav screen shot.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Overall, I like it a lot. Although I don't mind the tale lights, I imagine that they'll be the first things to get changed when there is a refresh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The LS460 looked like a cleaned up BMW 7 and Mercedes that had mated, now the BMW looks like the stepchild of the LS460. NOT a goodlooking car at all! The pictures of the new Opel Insginia look better than this 7 series!
      • 7 Years Ago
      its very clean looking, way too conservative, but cleaner is better put the turbo V-8 in it and the S550 is gonna die
      • 7 Years Ago
      Overall this is a much better looking car than the previous model....BMW seems to be still learning this new design philosophy of theirs and little by little I feel they're getting there.
        • 7 Years Ago
        good point, but i think that success stories are so because there is an understanding of a concept which leads to success. the Bangle 7 had some good sales and has clearly affected industry design because it drastically broke from its past. in forty years, we will have very clear emotions about it, but this new 7 will be forgotten. the new 7 is thus a step away from that path. it's a lot of the same, but made bland, rounded off as not to offend. it's like a cowering response to fear. it follows others, instead of leading. the CS should have influenced this 7 much, much more.
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