Next BMW 7-series: Munich's limo gets a dramatic new look

Published: 27 October 2021

► First look at new 7-series
 Features redesigned front-end
 Twinned with the next-gen i7

You’re looking at the next BMW 7-series, Munich’s answer to the new Mercedes S-class and Audi A8. Snapped by our spy photographers testing at the Nürburgring, BMW’s next limousine is as large and barge-like as you’d expect – but it’ll also feature a dramatic new front end. 

Read more about the i7 here

The next-generation 7-series and visually similar electric i7 are penned by BMW design chief Domagoj Dukec. Rather than a prominent kidney grille, as featured on the latest BMWs, these limos get a simpler design, with a short front overhang, drop-shaped rear end and advanced aero. The 7-series is due in 2022, with the i7 a year later.

BMW has confirmed its Dingolfing site will build all variants of the new 7, including the i7.

As seen in our latest render of the i7 this car’s electric twin (below), the new 7-series will have a distinctive split headlight design: One smaller set of lights will sit in line with the grille, while the other will be flush with the bonnet. It’s also possible to make out indicators underneath the camouflage. 

Homage to the old 8-series or something else entirely? We’re not sure, but either way it’ll mark a very interesting styling direction for BMW.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast