Just last year, the 7-Series was refreshed. Essentially, that means that it kept the same shape (and most of the sheetmetal) that it's had for the past several model years, but added some fresh details.
The current 7-Series hits a home run in its profile. The proportions are on the mark, versus prior generations with too-tall decklids and big panes of glass. The current silhouette is a knockout. Though it's long, the shape still has a pronounced wedge and an upkicked tail. It's equally dramatic, whether it's the standard car or the long-wheelbase model, with its 5.5 inches of additional rear-seat legroom.
Last year's refresh ended in a new front end with more visually interesting details below a wider twin-kidney grille. BMW added a long chrome strip across the bumper, while the taillight design is a little more crisp and detailed.
The cockpit is a win overall, with a straightforward design that's not cluttered and chaotic, as luxury cars can be. The 7er cabin has streamlined dash shapes, tight-grain wood, and ceramic-finished knobs. At the center sits iDrive, the infotainment interface that adds a touch-sensitive control puck this year. Along with a reconfigurable display, it's better looking and more intuitive.