We’ve seen prototypes of BMW’s next-generation flagship 7 Series sedan on test for a few months now, and sightings have increased in frequency. But today’s spyshots of the 7 Series prototype reveals something new – it’s now wearing the headlamps that will be used on the production car.

A look at the design of the headlamp under the disguise reveals something interesting – the design of BMW’s signature ‘corona ring’ daytime running lights aren’t the typical U-shaped design. On these headlamps, we see that the inner “U” extends further towards the grille, giving it the appearance like a question mark lying on its side. The outline of the headlamps themselves look slimmer compared to the F01/F02 7 Series design.

This is not the first time we’ve seen this headlamp design. BMW has been using this design on the past few concept cars that its been showcasing. Below you’ll see the same design featured on the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept, the BMW Concept X4 and the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe.

Word is that the new 7 Series has undergone big weight reductions, with BMW focusing on integrating key learnings from the BMW i project to its regular series cars.

The chassis – said to be codenamed ‘5up’, is supposed to allow the 7 Series to compete with lighter cars like the Audi A8 and Jaguar XJ when it comes to kerb weight.

Thanks to the use of aluminium, magnesium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), the new 7 Series is said to be up to 200 kg lighter than its predecessor. But of course, we can’t see any of that in these spyshots.