At the end of 2018, the BMW SUV lineup was expanded with an XXL variant called the X7. A model designed to cover miles across the great American plains in limousine-worthy comfort. After a little over four years of career, the German manufacturer offers the first restyling to the rival Mercedes GLS and Audi Q7. The novelty is visible at a glance: the headlights are now divided into two parts.
New light signature for X7
At the top are position lights, daytime running lights and direction indicators, and at the bottom, in a darker housing, as if to better blend with the decor, low and high beam headlights (Matrix LED technology). This flirtatiousness, crossed with competitors such as Skoda or Citroën, should be deployed at BMW. Indeed, the new 7 Series (introduced May 20) will also adopt this distinctive badge, which the propeller firm therefore reserves as a priority for its top models.
Other innovations include the illuminated grille, whose vertical slats appear to be less visible than in the past, and new guards. At the back, the manufacturer has redesigned the light signature with a three-dimensional design. The chrome strip between the lamps is now covered by a transparent element. This helps emphasize the car’s width, which is still 2.22m (including mirrors).
Inside, BMW has upgraded the dashboard. The X7 also offers the new BMW iX’s double-curved digital dashboard. For reference, the screen behind the counter is 12.3 inches, while the infotainment screen is 14.9 inches. The German manufacturer also took advantage of the restyling to refine the air vents. and integrate into their extension (passenger facing) an ambient lighting strip with integrated X7 logo (or M for sports trim). The traditional automatic transmission lever on the center console gives way to a control stick.
As for equipment, the catalog has been further enriched. In addition to four-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, adaptive air suspension and a panoramic glass sunroof, BMW now offers as standard:
- comfortable heated seats for the driver and front passenger,
- sports leather steering wheel with paddle shifters,
- new induction charger,
- GPS with augmented reality display.
X7 still offers two configurations: 6 or 7 seats. Rows 2 and 3 will also benefit from heated seats thanks to a new optional package. An SUV fitted with a standard 20″ rim can also be shipped straight from the factory with a 23″ rim. Unprecedented in BMW!
In the range of driving aids, the X7 now has the ability to both detect movement and warn the driver if there is a risk of colliding with cyclists, pedestrians or oncoming vehicles when changing direction. The SUV also now alerts passengers when a shock is expected when opening a door. Finally, in the most equipped versions, the parking assistant – and the trailer assistant – now remember the last 200 meters the car has traveled during the manoeuvre.
For fans of new technologies, BMW is adding a new option to its catalogue: Digital Key Plus. This allows them to lock or unlock the X7 directly from their smartphone (Apple iPhone).
New electrified engines
Under the hood, BMW offers three units that are now electrified*: two petrol and one diesel. X7 xDrive 40i (380 hp) will not be available in France. We will only sell the M60i xDrive version, the most powerful and most efficient with its specific M chassis. Its twin-turbo V8, although now equipped with mild hybrid (48V) technology, still develops 530 hp. It will be supported, as it is today, by the xDrive 40d diesel version. This version, which also benefits from micro-hybridization, offers 352 hp instead of 340. with torque that can reach up to 720 Nm. All engines are linked to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with paddle shifters. steering wheel and sprint function.
Marketing in August 2022
Assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the BMW X7 will launch in August 2022. Its arrival in France should start right after, as the manufacturer has already unveiled prices for the SUV. The X7, offered only with all-wheel drive, starts at €101,900. (xDrive40d). Count from 133,500 euros for the X7 M60i, recognizable by its more sophisticated body kit. Prices excluding environmental damage.
*the electric motor is mounted on the crankshaft and integrated into the transmission