Say hello to the more polarising, facelifted BMW X7.

    Leaked by Instagram user Wilco Blok, the 2023 X7 SUV will pair its oversized kidney grille with a two-tier headlight design.

    It’s not a surprise, given the car has been spied numerous times, but it does represent a significant departure from the current car’s more conventional design.

    The upper lighting array will include the indicators and LED daytime running lights, while the main headlights will sit in a tier of lighting below.

    This same lighting arrangement is expected to be used on the redesigned 7 Series, and will feature on the BMW XM.

    Split-level lighting arrangements like this have become increasingly common, particularly with SUVs. Other vehicles to feature split-level lighting include Hyundai’s SUV range, the Nissan Juke, and the pre-facelift Jeep Cherokee.

    The double kidney grille hasn’t plunged to the depths of the M3 and M4 but it appears to have grown wider, while there’s also a restyled front bumper.

    Expect two different front bumper designs: one for models equipped with the M Sport package, one for those without.

    The changes down back are likely to be more subtle, based on our spy photos. The tail light graphics appear to be mildly different, though they retain their shape and look to still be linked by a chrome strip.

    The rear bumper has been restyled and the quad exhaust outlets have a slightly different shape to current M Sport models.

    Inside, the X7 will gain the new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system rolling out across the BMW range.

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

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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