Updated BMW X7 first shown in the photoSeptember 22, 2020
The Bavarian company prepares to unveil a new look for its flagship luxury SUV, but the bold front grille remains.
BMW has already begun development of an updated version of its X7 luxury SUV, launched just two years ago, ahead of an expected launch in 2022. The restyled X7 will retain the current car’s striking front grille, in line with the company’s commitment to its radical yet controversial new design direction.
Following the initial introduction of the X7 and a revamped 7 Series with which it shares the front end design, BMW Design Director Adrian van Hooydonk argued that the SUV’s protruding air intakes were proportional to the rest of the car.
“Yes, the X7 has a larger grille than other BMWs, but the X7 is larger than any BMW before it. This grid is proportional. Don’t worry, I don’t want this brand to become a brand of oversized radiator grilles, but I believe that we understand the reasons for what we did with the 7 Series and that the problem will solve itself thanks to the changing tastes in the market for which the grille was introduced, ”said Adrian van Hooydonk.
It looks like the restyling will instead focus on the headlights, which have dipped lower and took on a more rectangular shape, similar to those worn by the recently seen prototype of the upcoming BMW i7 electric luxury sedan. There is also a re-shaped lower bumper that appears to do away with the current car’s protruding side air intakes.
It is unclear if BMW’s decision to visually link the two models implies that the X7 will receive an electrified variant. BMW previously said that any plug-in hybrid version of the X7 must provide a range of more than 50 miles in order to comply with market rules in China, a key market for the model. The X5 xDrive45e plug-in is officially capable of driving 54 miles on electric power, but its drivetrain needs to be upgraded to provide a similar range in the heavier X7.
The camouflage wrap makes any changes to the rear difficult to see, but the usual subtle tweaks to the bumper and light group can be expected.
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