The G11/G12 BMW 7 Series is due to receive a facelift, which is rather quick for the flagship sedan considering that it just turned three this month. However, the Bavarian company may only launch the 7 Series LCI next year to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift, Audi A8 and Lexus LS.

The prototype unit here was spotted by our European spy photographers, and it is likely to be the range-topping M760Li xDrive variant based on the huge 20-inch M-specific alloys. The badge on the C-pillars – likely to say V12 – are also masked, but it’s worth noting that only the 760i V12 and 740e PHEV models get that unique badge placement.

Up front, it’s clear that the 7 Series facelift will get larger kidney grilles to reflect the company’s latest design approach, and the M front bumper looks to be marginally tweaked as well. This is the first time the lower front bumper of any 7 Series LCI has been revealed.

The back however, is almost completely disguised save for the quad exhaust exits, which is similar in design to the outgoing M760Li Excellence. The M760Li xDrive features slightly thicker exhaust exits. Everything else, besides the redesigned LED tail lights remains undistinguishable for now.

Inside, an earlier prototype of the 7 Series facelift was seen with a fully digital instrument cluster that replaces the current setup with physical overlays. A similar unit was seen in the new 8 Series and it features configurable displays. Other changes include a new steering wheel design that brings the sedan up to date with recent BMW models, but beyond that, the interior appears unchanged from before.

To recap, the M760Li is powered by a 6.6 litre, turbocharged V12 petrol engine that makes 610 hp at 5,500 rpm and 800 Nm of torque at 1,550 rpm. Together with an eight-speed automatic with M Performance logic, propelling the luxury sedan to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is electronically-limited to 250 km/h, but can be raised to 305 km/h with the optional M Driver’s Package specified.