Originally Posted by 517
BTW, how much do you want to bet it'll have incandescent bulb brake lights and turn signals, but, in 2017, BMW will upgrade it to LEDs with the LCI, just like they did with the E46 and E92.
BMW does this with literally every new modern car, not just the E46/9X. Planned obsolescence is necessary in order to drive sales throughout a model's lifecycle. Headlight and taillight detailing is a relatively simple and affordable way to spice up a design mid-cycle.