By on January 7, 2019

A Russian BMW fan seems to have leaked the new face of the 2019 7 Series on social media over the weekend. While we’d advise any news involving Russia be taken with a grain of salt, it certainly looks like this could be documentation of the sedan’s upcoming facelift. Take special note of the front lip and how closely it matches the 2014 BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept and the brand’s current design language.

BMW has been holding clandestine previews of the updated 7 Series for months, giving credence to the leak. However, the subpar quality of the image and swift disappearance of the Instagram link that published it (before it was picked up by BMW Blog) makes things feel slightly fishy. Still, the original poster appears to be an avid BMW fan/owner/automotive blogger and theoretically could have been to invited to one of BMW’s secret pre-screenings. Though perhaps not next time, considering the probable leak.  

As expected, the model receives an upscaled kidney grille and slimmer headlamps. It also gets the revised front fascia we saw on the Vision Future Luxury Concept — or at least the bottom bit — and some more (wholly unnecessary) chrome trim.

More meaningful upgrades have been kept under tighter wraps. We know that BMW intends to implement the newest version of its iDrive system, some fresh display options, and a handful of interior tweaks. But we haven’t heard much about any major mechanical changes for the sedan. Expect the 7 Series to persist with either the base 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder or 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 in both rear and all-wheel drive configurations.

As BMW doesn’t plan on making an appearance at the North American International Auto Show this year, we’d wager the first time you’ll see the whole car is at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

[Image: fdnidin/Instagram]

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