The Bavarian automaker has given the biggest member of its SUV lineup, the BMW X7, a facelift. The refreshed model has an all-new front design with split headlights, emphasizing its status as the flagship of the automotive brand. This design change will also be seen on the next generation of the 7 Series luxury sedan when it debuts soon.
The future model of the BMW X7 facelift in the spotlight
Along with the significant restyling, the brand introduced new technologies and a new infotainment interface integrated into the dashboard. There’s also a slight realignment of the innovative off-road vehicle’s engine lineup. In the new headlight design, slim LED elements act as daytime running lights and turn signals, including the matrix LED units with high beam. Adaptive headlights with curve lighting function are also standard on all X7 models. The redesigned lights are also joined by an updated front fascia and even a new version of the X7’s grille. The model now comes with “Iconic Glow” mood lighting, which illuminates the grille when driving at night. However, this can be disabled through the infotainment system.
The range is further enriched with a new sporty M version. This includes 23-inch wheels, the largest factory-fitted rims ever seen on BMW, although 21-inch wheels are standard and rise to 22 inches on the new top-of-the-line M60i from the X7. The BMW X7 facelift also has redesigned taillights, while the chrome strip above the tailgate is now under glass.
Innovative technology inside
Inside, the BMW X7 facelift gets the curved-screen infotainment lineup, along with new standard kit like a wireless smartphone charger. This is integrated into a redesigned dashboard accordingly. The developers have removed the traditional dashboard and in its place is a floating 12.3-inch digital dashboard. This connects seamlessly to a 14.9-inch infotainment headunit, served by the latest version of BMW’s iDrive software – iDrive 8.
As before, the model offers up to seven seats in a three-row configuration. However, the second row can be configured with two full-size captain’s chairs with armrests instead of a three-seat bench seat. Standard interior equipment also includes four-zone automatic climate control, mood lighting, panoramic glass roof, Harman/Kardon sound system and heated front seats. There is also thermal control for the cupholders, rear window blinds and front seats with ventilation and massage functions. The standard interior includes an extended Merino leather interior in black, ivory white or Tartufo (a shade of terracotta). The M sports cars and the M60i come with sportier details inside, such as M Sport door sills, a sports steering wheel with M badge, specific instrumentation and a different choice of upholstery and upholstery.
Powerful engine with alternative hybrid technology
The engine range has recently been revamped, with a choice of three models, all of which send their power to an all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, the BMW X7 facelift does not include plug-in hybrid technology. Instead, all versions of the large SUV are now supported by 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. The former top of the range M50i xDrive is now replaced by the M60i xDrive. It retains the power of the eight-cylinder and uses a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 that develops 523 hp and 750 Nm of torque. That’s the same as before, while 0-100km/h performance in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 155km/h are also unchanged. However, BMW claims efficiency gains for the hottest version of the X7, with outputs of up to 23.7mpg and CO₂ emissions of 278g/km.
The six-cylinder xDrive40i petrol model now delivers 375 hp and 540 Nm, plus 40 hp and 90 Nm. fuel consumption reaches 49 km for 3.79 liters. This version of the X7 can use the mild hybrid system to run purely on electricity at very low speeds. Diesel power is covered by the xDrive40d, now also with 48 volt technology and a total of 347 hp and 720 Nm. It is the most efficient member of the X7 range, posting around 60 km for 3.79 liters and 200 g/km of carbon dioxide in official tests. The 0-100 performance takes about 6.1 seconds and the top speed is around 243 kilometers per hour.
What the price of the BMW X7 facelift looks like
All versions of the new X7 come standard with adaptive dampers and twin-axle air suspension. The latter system provides automatic level control and height adjustment for off-road use. Prices for the current model start at 95,400 euros for the xDrive40i petrol engine, while the top of the range M60i goes up to 122,200 euros. Excellence and M Sport trim levels are available, while the M60i is only available in the M Performance specification.