BMW’s new “curved dash” is continuing to spread throughout the brand’s line-up, with the X7 looking to be the next recipient.

    First seen on the iX and i4, it features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the one assembly.

    While not as curvaceous as the Cadillac Escalade’s displays, it has a similar wraparound effect.

    Outside, we’ve gotten a better look at the split-level lighting of the updated X7’s front-end.

    The headlights will be located on the lower tier, with the top tier used for the daytime running lights and indicators.

    Split-level lighting has become increasingly common on crossovers ever since the Pontiac Aztek, with this treatment now used across much of Hyundai and Nissan’s SUV line-ups.

    While some camouflage remains, we can see there looks to be a new bonnet and front bumper in addition to the redesigned lighting.

    Expect there to continue to be two different front bumper designs: one for models with the M Sport package, one for those without.

    Down back, we can also expect a restyled bumper. The tail light graphics also appear to have been revised.

    Judging by the revised quad exhaust outlets plus the black exterior trim and sporty-looking wheels, this prototype is likely equipped with the M Sport package.

    Expect the current powertrain line-up to carry over. In Australia, the X7 is available with a choice of two engines.

    The xDrive30d models use a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel inline six with 195kW of power and 620Nm of torque, while the flagship M50i has a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre petrol V8 with 390kW and 750Nm.

    A 3.0-litre turbo-petrol inline-six is available in other markets, though the X7 lacks a plug-in hybrid option like its smaller X3 and X5 siblings.

    That leaves buyers who want an electrified seven-seater BMW without any options, as both the plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive45e and all-electric iX lack the option of a third row.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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