Though there was some speculation that the 2009 BMW 7-Series might be undergoing a radical refresh, the actual 2009 7-Series is a mostly underwhelming update. The rear of the car has been mercifully revised. The rest of the big Bimmer has undergone a more subtle transformation — especially subtle in light of the 7-series sketches released by BMW today.
As the 2010 Chevy Camaro Concept showed, there's a benefit to sticking to your styling guns (though, ironically, recent BMWs have been rolling refutations of that notion). We're especially taken with the extended, set-back cockpit design shown in the drawings. Hopefully, that design will translate into other models.