Love it or loathe it, the quirky lights are coming to some BMWs.
Normally, automakers only make minor tweaks to a model’s mid-cycle facelift, but that won’t be the case with the X7. Why? Because spy pictures suggest that the fullsize SUV will feature an unusual split headlight design. Last week, a leaked official image confirmed the new appearance, which has now been used to create a speculative representation of Bavaria’s luxobarge.
The 2023 BMW X7 will divide the daytime running lights from the primary low/high beams, as we’ve seen on past models. Daytime running lights will be provided by the higher LEDs in the shape of a “L,” which will be located above the actual headlights. The Concept XM plug-in hybrid SUV had a similar setup, which is set to make its debut on a production car on April 20. That is when the next-gen 7 Series / i7 will be officially revealed.
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Another big alteration will be brought about by the Life Cycle Impulse (LCI), as BMW refers to their facelifts. We’re referring about the interior, where the Mercedes GLS rival will use the iDrive 8. In fact, the X7 will use the same side-by-side screen configuration as the luxury SUV with the three-pointed star.
Although an X7 M is improbable, Alpina has already been sighted testing a new version of its XB7. For the 2023 model year, both versions of the luxury monster are expected to hit the streets this fall. The X7 will lose its role as the flagship SUV to the production-ready XM, which will arrive before the end of the year. The two models are going to be assembled under the same roof, at the Spartanburg factory in South Carolina.
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The BMW 7 Series G70 will introduce a new family of gasoline and diesel engines, but it’s unclear whether these will also be available in the SUV version of the sedan. The German automaker has been tight-lipped regarding the powertrains, stating only that they will be more fuel efficient because they have been designed to fulfil Euro 7 rules.