Last year, BMW announced that the next generation of its flagship sedan, the 7-series, would be available with a fully electric powertrain. Now the Bavarian automaker has confirmed that the EV version will be called i7 and provided teaser images of a camouflaged prototype testing in extreme conditions at the BMW Group winter test center in Sweden near the Arctic Circle. BMW says it is using the icy Swedish roads to test driving dynamics and the electric powertrain’s ability to withstand the intense cold.
BMW’s camouflage is quite effective at masking the i7’s true design, but we are able to make out a few details. The horizontally-oriented headlights are set relatively low in the front end and there appears to be a cut line that extends across the top of the lights and the grille, creating a furrowed-brow look. Thin vertical air intakes extend from the edges of the headlights, and there are small holes for battery cooling in the lower front bumper. The rear end is well-disguised, but we can make out the Hofmeister kink in the side windows, a trademark BMW design element.
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