Trust us, this is indeed a face-lift. While it does similar to the current 7-series, trust BMW to make significant upgrades to its limo. Its needs to as the new Merc S-Class is closer to launch and the Audi A8 has teared open the luxury segment. From the front, the upright new BMW kidney grille is bigger and more pronounced as ever. The grille's chrome surround is now larger, a change which - together with a new slat arrangement (nine slats instead of 12) - gives it greater presence on the road. Plus you get optional new full-LED headlights. The large, full-width air intake dominating the lower section of the modified front apron is now split into three sections, a pair of chrome bars marking its outer sections. Two narrow vertical air intakes sit beyond even the LED foglamps to the left and right of the wide intake. These are included as part of the "air curtain" technology, which lowers fuel consumption at higher speeds by forcing the air to flow more aerodynamically around the front wheels. A new design feature that stands out from the side is the indicator integrated into the lower section of each exterior mirror, which makes the car easier to see.