Once the “go-to” car and brand for diplomats and luxury limousine hire companies, BMW’s 7 Series still stands tall as an aspirational luxury automobile. The 7 Series has received a freshen up which includes some cosmetics, interior and software, and drivetrain updates.

Up front the new 7 Series has an aero change thanks to a bonnets sitting 1.575 inches (40mm) higher than the previous model. The grille is larger, by up to 40%, and is a single piece insert. The upper 30% folds back into the bonnet for a distinctive look. Underneath is a reprofiled lower air intake, with a horizontal insert drawing the eye to fin shaped intakes. All models get the BMW “Laser-Light” headlight system.

These are matched by a slimmer design to the tail lights, and have had an interior redesign to give a stronger “3D” look when in operation. The restyled lights heighten and increase the sense of elegance the 7 Series has, and with a tidied up lower valance panel which integrates the twin exhausts, the overall presence is of high refinement.

There are two wheelbase lengths, and the 750 falls into the short wheelbase bracket. The overall lengths have increased by 22mm for both styles, with the short wheelbase now at 5120mm, and the long wheelbase is 5260mm.

The 7 Series 750i xDrive has been given an improved 4.4L twin-turbo V8. Power has been bumped up by 80-hp to an incredible 523-hp. The twin-scroll turbos also add to the V8 engine’s bottom line, with peak torque now out to 553 lbs at 1,800 rpm. Powering all four wheels via an eight speed auto, the 0 to 100kmh time has been lowered to an even 4.0 seconds. Consumption is rated as 10.1L/100km.

BMW have ensured that 7 Series passengers are cosseted as they’re wafted along in serene silence. LED lighting offers six distinctive ambience modes, providing plenty of options to suit the mood. A pair of USB and four 12V sockets offer plenty of charging outlets for smart devices, and all seats are wrapped in supple and sumptuous Nappa leather. Front seat passengers have heated and vented seats, and the whole cabin is 4 zone climate controlled. The driver can keep their hands warm in cold climates thanks to a heated steering wheel. Both driver and passenger also receive heated armrests in the doors and the center console is heated.

There’s some subtle luxury touches in the technological side, with soft close doors, handsfree tailgate operation, and an ionizing system for the climate control to keep out exterior scents such as smoke and pollen. The passengers can replace normal incoming air with up to 8 different air scents. The New BMW 7 Series LCI features the BMW Live Cockpit Professional; this is a 12.3-inch customizable instrument cluster and a large 10.25-inch Control Display. BMW have a voice operated and activated system, with a default phrase “Hey, BMW” able to be customized to suit individual tastes. It also brings hands free operation of audio, navigation, and supplementary functions.

7 Series 750i xDrive has an addition to the drive system. Executive Drive Pro includes active and roll stabilization, plus a forward reading camera looks at the oncoming road surface and levels, and the adaptive suspension will move to change the dynamics to suit. Run flat tires of 20 inch diameter are fitted with 245/40 up front, and 275/35 for the rears.

As is the custom with high end luxury vehicles, BMW offers a wide choice of options for interior trims, exterior colors, wheels and tire combinations, and M Sport additions as well.

The range starts at under USD$88,000, with the 750i xDrive hovering around the USD$103,600 bracket. These costs don’t include delivery and associated charges.