BMW X7 (2022): Is it reasonable?

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BMW redesigns its luxurious X7. In addition to a modernized pencil line and more high-tech instrumentation, BMW integrates a lightweight 48V hybridization into the two available xDrive40d and xDrive M60i engines.

On the other hand, while BMW emphasizes its desire to accelerate technological change in order to support ecological change, the Bavarian manufacturer does not limit the excess of some of its automotive approaches. Such is the case with the restyling of its luxurious X7. This one for this 2022 vintage features a new front end, a modernized interior including a new Curved Display screen and also two 48V lightweight hybridization engines.

The new X7 is one of the flagships of the manufacturer BMW. The completely redesigned front adopts the stylistic codes of the brand, in particular the double headlights and the double BMW grille. For the first time, the BMW X7 is equipped with optical units arranged on two levels, as can be found on Citroën and Hyundai. The horizontally arranged LEDs (light strips) in the upper part of the headlight unit assume the functions of position light, daytime running light and direction indicator. The functionality of the low and high beam is ensured by the LED blocks in the lower part.

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The front bumper has also been revised, with new integrated air ducts and new aluminum fittings. As with the recently introduced BMW 8 Series, the X7 features Iconic Glow waterfall lighting for its grille. There are no major changes at the rear, but the new X7 is the first to offer 23-inch wheels as an option.

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Full of technology

In the passenger compartment, when it is possible to choose between a 5- or 7-seater configuration, the dashboard in particular has inherited the manufacturer’s attention with a new curved screen with a 12.3-inch instrument screen and a 14.9-inch one inch multimedia screen as discovered in the all-electric SUV iX. The redesign includes not only a new dashboard design, but also new shortcut keys, with those of the climate control system disappearing in favor of an all-touch setting.

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The cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps with augmented reality function in the head-up display is available as an option. The BMW Digital Key Plus, which is also available as an option, offers the option of locking and unlocking the BMW X7 via an iPhone and enables the use of a 5G-compatible eSIM card for communication between the vehicles.

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In terms of driving support, the X7 benefits from a front collision warning with cyclists, pedestrians and oncoming vehicles when the car is turning at an intersection. An automatic speed limit assistant as well as functions for route tracking and traffic light recognition are also included, as is adaptive cruise control and the optional traffic jam assistant. Also new: the exit alarm, which warns the occupants of the risk of a collision when the door is opened.

A penalty that stings

Only the 350 hp 3.0 turbo diesel 6-cylinder engines (xDrive40d) or the 530 hp 4.4 biturbo V8 (xDrive M60i) will be available in France. Each of the two engines benefits from the latest generation 48V mild hybridization technology, an electrification system that includes a starter-generator integrated into the gearbox on the crankshaft, giving the system a power increase of 12 hp and a torque increase of 200 Nm. All engines are paired with an eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel. The driving force is transmitted to all four wheels.

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Despite this slight hybridization, which reduces consumption at low speeds, maneuvering and pick-ups, the X7 not only receives an environmental penalty (40,000 euros for the M60i), but also a weight penalty of 10 euros per kilo over 1800 kg. The weight of the new BMW X7 was not disclosed, but the previous version weighed around 2500 kg. These penalties come on top of the already generous price tag: from €101,900 for the diesel version and €133,500 for the M60i version.

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