Development of the 2023 BMW 7-Series is entering the homestretch and the car’s camouflage is slowly starting to come off.
That’s certainly the case with these prototypes, which sport a more revealing front end. While they’re still dressed in camouflage, they lack bulky cladding and this enables us to get a good glimpse at the car’s front fascia.
As you can see, the 7-Series will have a prominent grille which resides above a sporty intake and is flanked by split headlights. The latest pictures also give us a better look at the new front bumper, which has protruding angular elements that channel air into vertical openings.
Moving further back, we can see pronounced wheel arches and front fender charging ports indicating these are plug-in hybrid prototypes. They’re joined by flush-mounted door handles, an evolutionary greenhouse, and what appears to be a slightly sleeker roof.
There isn’t much to see out back, but the luxury sedan has slender taillights and a stylized bumper with angular accents. Interestingly, one of the prototypes eschews a visible exhaust while the other is equipped with a four-tailpipe exhaust system.
Spy photographers didn’t snap interior pictures this time around, but previous photos have shown the 7-Series will feature a Curved Display similar to the one found in the iX. It presumably consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment system.
The same pictures revealed the 7-Series will be equipped with a new steering wheel that appears to have illuminated strips to help communicate the status of the car’s Level 3 semi-autonomous driving system. It will be joined by new switchgear and a minimalist shifter.
The biggest question remains the powertrain lineup, but the automaker has already confirmed the model will be offered with an assortment of options including a fully-electric powertrain in the i7. Speaking of that particular car, BMW has previously said the “i7’s electric drive, high-voltage battery, power electronics and charging technology all originate from the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology, which already provides for sustainable driving pleasure in the BMW iX.”
On the petrol side, we can likely expect familiar six-cylinder and V8 options. Sadly, the V12 will be dropped as the company has previously announced the “very last V12 engine ever to be fitted to a BMW” will be installed in the current 7-Series this summer.