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BMW i7 to arrive in 3 variants similar to iX SUV [Update]

BMW i7 to arrive in 3 variants similar to iX SUV [Update]

Last year, Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW, confirmed that BMW will introduce the electric variant of the 7 Series in the next generation and that the electric variant would be its most powerful variant.

Let’s take a look at what we know so far on BMW’s big electric vehicle launch for 2022:

BMW i7 design

The BMW i7 won’t be a standalone EV like the Mercedes EQS, rather a next-gen 7 Series variant. However, it would be distinguishable from the donor model. Unlike the plug-in hybrid variant that gets soft visual changes, the pure electric variant would have a bold exterior and new panels to leave the i7 with a different identity.

The BMW i7 could feature clear surfaces to improve airflow around the car. Clear aero lips, mouldings to the skirts concealing the battery technology, and rear diffuser elements that fill the design space opened up by the exhaust pipes are a few examples of the possible aerodynamic efficiency enhancement design measures.

The BMW i7’s design should incorporate the company’s signature four-eyed front, modernized with a pared-back look. The car should also be adorned with BMW’s traditional blue accent on the grille. The kidney grille of the electric saloon would hide a plethora of sensors required for autonomous driving systems and active safety systems.

BMW i7 front spy shot
The BMW i7 could feature a polarizing front-end. Image Source: Roelof Buisman/autovisie

Spy shots suggest that the front-end could be polarizing, with regal headlamps reminiscent of Rolls-Royces, an unusually-shaped kidney grille, and a C-shape forming on the outer sections.

ElectricVehicleWeb reader Roc Terricabres Esperalba (Instagram: rocterrii) recently shared spy shots of a BMW i7 test mule. The BMW i7 prototype features a flattish roof, an angular greenhouse, and a decklid longer than the EQS. Most automakers are giving more coupe-like characteristics to EVs for higher aerodynamic efficiency and a longer range. But it looks like the Munich-based automaker is trying to preserve the traditional shape in the electric sedan.