Change is afoot on the inside, too. Gone are the traditional separate instrument cluster and infotainment displays. In their place, a curved display with integrated 12.3-inch and 14.9-inch screens, as previously seen in the BMW iX and i4. Like in BMW’s new electric twosome, these will come loaded with the latest BMW ‘iDrive 8’ infotainment system in the X7 with a clean new user interface and graphics. Around the screens are revised ventilation, a new gear selector and a new iDrive controller. In markets beyond Europe the cabin will be trimmed as standard in a new material called Sensafin, which is vegan but with leather-like properties.
Prices start from £80,980 for the entry-level six-cylinder petrol and launch upwards to £103,600 before options for the top-level M60i, with order books now open. What do you think of this latest update to the BMW’s monster luxury SUV flagship? Like it or not, this is the split-light, light-up face of big BMWs to come.