2024 BMW 7 Series viewed as a technological tour de force

BMW is almost ready to unveil the next-generation 7 Series. It released a handful of sample images confirming that the big sedan will have a more outgoing exterior design than the current model, and it featured some of the tech features buyers will have access to.

While the seventh-gen 7 remains shrouded in obscurity, we can see the front end borrowing a handful of styling cues from the iX and XM concept, both unveiled in 2021. Yes, the grille is gigantic – this is a polarizing styling cue for BMW customers. seem to like it, and we bet it will be around for quite some time to come. As the grille grows, the headlights shrink. They are noticeably smaller than those of the current generation 7 Series, they feature lighting elements made of crystal glass and they are mounted horizontally at almost the same level as the top of the grille. BMW calls this a “modern and distinctive” twist on the twin round headlights fitted to older 7s.

What’s interesting is that photos of a camouflaged test mule published by BMW in December 2021 apparently show bigger lights. Are there two different front-end designs in the pipeline, or is the camouflage playing tricks on us? We know that an electric model called the i7 will be sold alongside the gasoline-powered variants. It’s not too far-fetched to speculate that the EV could land with a powertrain-specific look.

Inside, the Next 7 will feature the latest evolution of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, the curved display we’ve already seen in the iX and i4, plus a light and function strip embedded in the passenger side of the dash and door panels. Sitting in the back sounds like going to the movies: an available 31-inch screen lets passengers stream content in 8K resolution.

Powertrain specifications have not yet been released, but BMW has confirmed that the battery-powered i7 will be the most powerful member of the 7 Series portfolio. It will provide approximately 305 miles of range, according to the company. Gasoline-burning engines will also be available to buyers not interested in going electric, but don’t expect a V12-powered range-topper. BMW will soon stop building V12s.

BMW will unveil the seventh-generation 7 Series in April 2022. More details about the flagship will emerge in the coming weeks.