Images of the facelifted G11/G12 BMW 7 Series have been leaking like water from a colander, and by and large we already know what the upcoming luxury sedan will look like. Nothing beats photos of the whole car, however, and renown BMW specialist site BMWBlog has now found images from Munich’s online configurator circulating the net, showing the 7er in Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) form in all its glory.

As already hinted at by the initial leaks, the updated 7 Series will get a wholesale front end revamp, dominated by a massive, almost cartoonish double kidney grille, not unlike the one on the new X7 SUV. The headlights are also slimmer, incorporating new hexagonal “corona ring” daytime running lights; as the blue highlights on some of the images suggest, BMW’s novel Laserlight technology will remain an option.

The front bumper has been restyled as well – on the standard model, the design has been simplified and now features just a central air intake, which forms a V-shaped graphic that leads into the Air Curtain inlets in the corners. The M Sport versions keep their triple intakes, but these are larger and more aggressive. The Air Breather vents aft of the front wheels, meanwhile, have been made more upright.

Changes to the rear of the car are more subtle, with the three-dimensional L-shaped tail lights and the full-width horizontal light strip linking the two being the most obvious difference. The rear bumper has also been mildly reprofiled, mirroring the V-shape graphic at the front. The high-performance M760Li model is also seen here, wearing the same Cerium Gray highlights and 20-inch alloy wheels as before.

The standard face of the BMW 7 Series LCI

Expect the revised 7 to feature the latest Version 7.0 of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, complete with a new interface and a fully-digital instrument cluster, ditching the outgoing models physical chrome rings. As for the engines, the lineup should be mostly similar as before, including 3.0 litre straight-six and 4.4 V8 turbo engines, plus the 6.6 litre biturbo V12 on the M760Li.

What’s set to be different is the plug-in hybrid model, the name of which is set to go from 740e to 745e. This is in line with an expected change of engine – the current car’s 2.0 litre four-pot mill is slated to be dumped in favour of a 3.0 litre straight-six, similar to the one found on the X5 xDrive45e. That car has a claimed all-electric range of 80 km, so expect a similar figure for the 7.