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2023 BMW i7 to feature a massive illuminated grille

The upcoming BMW i7 electric sedan promises plenty of range and technology, as well as some interesting design elements.

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Derek Fung
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Traditionalists should probably look away now, but the BMW i7 will likely a sport polarising design when it’s fully unveiled in April.

Overnight the Bavarian automaker released a bunch of teaser images of its upcoming flagship electric sedan, which will have an oversized double kidney grille with an illuminated frame.

This will be flanked by a new split headlight setup featuring “upper light elements made of exclusive crystal glass”.

Inside the cabin the i7 will have many high-tech items, including a Curved Display area similar to the one used in iX crossover, where it houses a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen.

Those sitting in rear may be treated to a 31.0-inch 8K resolution “theatre” screen that descends from the rooflining, and has a ultra-wide aspect ratio of 32:9

The i7 will also be available with a panoramic glass roof, and light and function strips on the dashboard and door panels.

While the Mercedes-Benz EQS has a completely unique body and architecture from the similarly-sized S-Class, the i7 is much more closely related to the 7 Series.

Like the i4 and 4 Series Gran Coupe before it, the i7 and 7 Series will share the same body, but with unique design elements, primarily at the front and back.

In its most efficient guise, the i7 will have an official driving range of up to 610km (WLTP) or 490km (US EPA). The i7 will be available with a dual-motor all-wheel drive system.

Late last year BMW released official “spy photos” of the i7, which show a sedan with a traditional three-box silhouette undergoing cold weather testing in Sweden.

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Derek Fung
Derek Fung

Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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