BMW has found time to release another teaser for the highly anticipated i7. The shadowy image accompanies a press release announcing that the April 20 premiere will be livestreamed. The fully electronic 7 Series will be broadcast on the company’s dedicated streaming platform as well as social media. After its big debut, the video will be available on demand.
For the adjacent image, it gives us an accurate idea of how large the kidney is going to be with the frontal fascia. The contour of the grille is illuminated when the thin strips of light, along with the crystals embedded in the cluster, act as LED daytime running light. The main low / high beam lights will sit behind a tinted panel à la Concept XM, thus making them less noticeable.
Elsewhere, the i7 reveals angel wings fluttering on its side, while the rear receives a wrapped thin taillight. It’s not yet clear if this is going to be a Standard-Wheelbase 7 series, but the EVT teased here seems to be an extension. The sheer size of the back doors gives us at least that impression. The L7B-based i7 makes sense because the axles have more battery life over long distances.
Which version is hidden in the shadows, the pre-production prototype we ran recently was probably the xDrive60 of 500 to 550 horsepower. It will accelerate to 62 mph (100 km / h) over a low 4-second range, which would be impressive for such a heavy vehicle. The electric Luxobarge will boast of AWD and air suspension on both axes for a silky-smooth ride. Also, rear-wheel steering up to 3.5 degrees has already been confirmed.
The buttons are getting old
As an interior, the iX will carry curved displays, meaning there will be no more physical buttons for climate settings. The dashboard layout will take more or less the same approach as seen in SUVs with its minimal appearance. As a result, most functions will be accessible through the iDrive 8’s display. Speaking of the screen, the 31-inch display for the rear-seat entertainment system will debut in the 7 Series / i7.
The world premiere on April 20 will be about the ICE- and EV-powered versions of the full-size luxury sedan. BMW’s revised flagship will go on sale in the second half of 2022.