BMW's 7 series premium sedan is receiving design, powertrain and technology updates for the new year.
Turbocharged six-, eight- and 12-cylinder engines will be joined by a new six-cylinder plug-in hybrid variant when production of the 2020 BMW 7 series begins in March. Pricing was undisclosed.
The latest edition of the 7 series receives a face-lift that resembles the new X7.
The surfacing at the front of the car is 2 inches taller at its highest point. The redesigned hood, meanwhile, extends to the top of the BMW kidney grille. The lower front bumper air intakes are overlaid with large air deflectors.
The rear of the vehicle gets tweaks, too. The LED taillights are 1.4 inches slimmer than those of the current generation and are connected by a narrow light strip extending the width of the vehicle.
"BMW's selling point has always been providing cars where the drivers preferred to be driving a performance car, but had needs like hauling clients around," said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions.
The large luxury sedan segment shrank 6 percent in 2018, with 86,339 vehicles sold, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
U.S. sales of the 7 series last year tumbled 11 percent from 2017 to 8,271. The 7 series lagged a key competitor, the Mercedes-Benz S class, which posted sales of 14,978 in 2018.