BMW i7 Spied For First Time With Production Body
The spy photos of the BMW i7, the brand’s electric 7 Series, are not new. Images of the all-electric sedan appeared late last year, but at the time it carried the body of the current 7 Series. This is no longer the case. New spy photos show the BMW i7 covered in camouflage trying to hide its unique design, though there are some things the automaker can’t hide.
While we expect the i7 to share its look with the next 7 series update, it looks like it will have some unique styling features. The front is a little more muscular than before with the headlights which seek to sit lower on the face than before; however, they may not be production units or be part of BMW camouflage. We can also spot a new design for the door handles.
One thing BMW could not hide well was the multiple cameras on the outside of the car, which could hint at the model’s potential to offer partially autonomous technologies. BMW would follow other luxury automakers that are increasingly focusing on integrating this technology into their premium models. There appears to be a camera just above the grille, one in the shark fin antenna and one on each front fender. There also appear to be sensors along the side of the car.
Rumors persist that the new i7 will be the most powerful offer in the model. The powertrain details remain in the speculation category. However, it could deliver up to 650 horsepower (484 kilowatts) or more, supplanting the M760i with its 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine as the car’s most powerful option. It looks like the car battery can offer up to 400 miles (644 kilometers of range). BMW probably won’t confirm these details anytime soon as we don’t expect the i7 to arrive until 2022.