More spy photos of the next-gen 2023 BMW 7 series popped up and while the exterior is still heavily covered in camouflage, we get a quick look at the interior dashboard. (We don’t own the spy photos, but they can be seen here)
Although hardly anything can be seen through the window of the test mule, we can see the new BMW iX-style iDrive / driver displays. It’s not surprising to see iX tech making its way into the 7 series as it would be strange if the cheaper iX had better technology than the next generation 7. It doesn’t look like this new 7 Series has the same hexagonal steering wheel as the iX as the rim looks rounded at the top, but the center airbag looks like the iX so we wonder if it will have the same interior design as that Wheel of the iX. Anyway, I hope much of the same design gets out of the iX into the 7 series as that iX xDrive50 I sat in it and had the best BMW interior I’ve ever seen.
From the outside, the 7 Series will certainly look a little different than the current car. It looks longer, lower and slimmer than the current G11 7 Series, with a more curved roofline. Judging by the extra-long rear windows, the test mule seen in these photos seems to be a long wheelbase version, which could have something to do with its slimmer look.
It gets big kidney grilles up front, but they don’t seem quite as big as the current car’s (or the 4 series“), Which is a breath of fresh air. Interestingly, the headlights seem to sit pretty low and fall pretty much below the hood line. It seems even more interesting that they don’t have the distinctive dual halo design that all BMWs have always had. We don’t know if camouflage only covers part of the headlights to hide that signature design, or if the 7 Series will actually have the long-rumored split headlight design with slimmer double halos over the lights seen in these photos. It’ll be interesting to find out.
There’s really nothing to see in the back here. The taillights are almost completely covered, as is the trunk lid. There are no visible exhausts so BMW could go in the same direction as Mercedes-Benz and Audi and hide exhausts on more expensive cars, but we will for sure know when it gets closer to production.