BMW has revealed the facelifted X7: a gargantuan SUV which aims to break new ground in the luxury car segment.
Priced from £80,980, the new BMW X7 is the largest vehicle in the BMW range, with impactful styling that showcases the manufacturers latest design language, a new M Performance model, and light-alloy wheels up to 23 inches – a first for the brand.
The new BMW X7 also comes with enhanced standard equipment, additional driver assistance systems and 48V mild hybrid technology for all engine variants for the first time. Read on to find out more…
BMW X7 exterior
The redesign of the BMW X7 is characterised at the front by split headlights – a first for the manufacturer. This new design sees the headlights employed as both the daytime driving lights, indicators, and as lights used to illuminate the road ahead.
The updated front-end design also showcases BMW’s signature kidney grille which is now equipped with a unique ‘Iconic Glow’ as standard across the range: this ambient lighting illuminates the grille when one of the doors is opened and while driving at night if required.
Viewed from the side profile, the eye is naturally drawn to the X7’s 23-inch light-alloy wheels (factory fit for the first time) while the bodystyle is characterised by its large window surfaces and flowing roofline. The rear doors are larger than the front allowing for passengers ease of access for the second and third row.
Standard specification brings roof rails with an aluminium satin finish while M Sport and M60i models also benefit from unique side skirts and rear apron.
Light units with three-dimensional sculpting add a striking accent to the rear of the SUV, with L-shaped rear light strips doubling as break lights with turn indicators housed in the upper sections.
BMW X7 interior and tech
Space is plentiful in the interior of the BMW X7 whether you’re in the driver’s seat or a passenger in the second or third row.
The new BMW X7 can be ordered as an option with six seats rather than the standard seven. In six-seat configuration, the two individual seats in the second row are comfort seats with integral armrests and comfort cushions. In both the standard and optional arrangements, the second row seats can slide back and forward, up to 14.5cm. All of the seat settings are electrically operated also.
As well as the Sport leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, four-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, panoramic glass sunroof, Harman/Kardon audio, heated comfort seats for the driver and front passenger and Comfort Access, standard equipment also includes a tray for wireless charging of compatible mobile phones.
A control panel on the centre console houses the iDrive Controller, the Start/Stop button and the buttons activating the electric parking brake, air suspension settings and optional off-road modes. The Driving Experience Control buttons and the newly designed gear selector lever are also on the centre console.
Of course, the star of the cabin is the fully digital BMW Curved Display. This is made up of a 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel and a control display with a 14.9-inch screen diagonal. The two screens merge into one fully digital and high-resolution display unit behind a single glass surface. Whilst this curves towards the driver, the front passenger can also view the screen and operate the system using touch control, voice control or with the standard BMW gesture control.
BMW X7 engines
The new BMW X7 will launch with a choice of three state-of-the-art engines, headed by a new 4.4-litre petrol V8 for the BMW X7 M60i xDrive. Joining it are newly-developed 3.0-litre, six-cylinder in-line units in the petrol BMW X7 xDrive40i and diesel BMW X7 xDrive40d.
48V mild hybrid technology gives all engines enhanced power development and increased efficiency to help the combustion engine deliver a smooth, dynamic, and efficient drive. The mild hybrid system generates torque of 20Nm and an output boost of up to 12hp, depending on the driving situation.
The brand new eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, seen for the first time in the new BMW X7, also plays a key role here and is included in all variants of the new X7 as standard.
Meanwhile, the intelligent all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive maximises traction, agility and directional stability. The rear-biased approach underscores the sportiness of the new BMW X7.
BMW X7 pricing and specs
|Model||Power (hp)*||Torque (Nm)*||0-62mph|
|Top speed (mph) **||Fuel economy (mpg)*||CO2 emissions (g/km)*||RRP Starting Price*|
|xDrive40i||380||540||5.8||155||26.9 – 30.7||240 – 210||£81,600|
|xDrive40d||340||720||6.1||151||32.5 – 37.2||230 – 200||£80,980|
|M60i xDrive||530||750||4.7||155||21.2 – 23.2||303 – 278||£103,600|