Britain’s respected car magazine Autocar has claimed that the controversially-styled BMW 7-series is heading for an early facelift and has published ‘scoop’ photos of disguised prototypes to prove it. Disputing official claims that there will be no revised 7 before 2005, Autocar, citing BMW insiders, said the mildly restyled car would be in showrooms early in 2004 “in a bid to appease [BMW’s] worldwide dealer network which has been one of the most outspoken critics of the present styling”.