The world is shifting away from sedans, generally opting for crossover vehicles and SUVs. This trend has been years in the making, but now it’s making companies abandon their car offerings in favor of expanding their taller cousins. BMW knows this, and they’re fighting it with everything they have in the all-new 2020 BMW 7-Series.
Fans of Germany’s predominant big sedan may have to think twice before trading for bigger vehicles. Everything we’ve learned so far about the 7-Series indicates BMW is putting their eggs in the high-dollar basket in hopes the sleek looks, diverse options, and sheer power will compel buyers to stay lower to the ground.
For the first time, all three larger engines will be available in the 7-Series. Fans of pure power will take a look at the 6.6L V-12 that delivers an insane 600 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. If it weren’t governed by a 155-mph limiter, there’s no doubt it could creep up over 180-mph.
A more sensible buy may be the new 4.4L V-8 with its 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque that gets the driver to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. For those who are counting, that’s faster than the all-new Toyota Supra. The 7-Series might not get the hype of the Supra, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less of a performance beast.
Even if drivers are going for affordability and gas mileage, the 3.0L I6 is no slouch. It still offers 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, giving most drivers all they need to get them over 60 mph in under 5 seconds. Of course, the newest kid on the block is the hybrid, which is actually more powerful than the straight 6.
But it’s not just the performance that will get buyers excited. The newly unveiled redesign is nothing short of spectacular. From an interior that is arguably the most luxurious offering ever in a 7-Series to the revamped exterior that looks tastefully futuristic, the big sedan by BMW is certain to impress even the most astute luxury sedan shoppers.
Two displays – the 12.3-inch instrument cluster and the 10.24-inch control center – give drivers all of the information they need while offering connectivity perks to keep drivers and passengers engaged. But the backseat is where all the new technological action is happening. Judging from the power movement in the video above, it’s clear there will be no backseat drivers in the new 7-Series. They’ll be too busy with all the fancy gadgets available to them.
The biggest reason this is going to be a game-changing vehicle is because it’s a stark reminder that being higher on the road isn’t necessarily better. Comfort, control, and performance will make many potential crossover buyers think twice before turning to the family rides before they’re needed. While the 7-Series won’t win back many families of 6, it should compel smaller families to rethink their consideration.
The BMW brand has always been known for quality, but the upcoming 2020 BMW 7-Series should take their reputation to a whole new level. It’s a driver’s big sedan, one that checks all the boxes we expected and some we didn’t even know existed.