BMW X7 Facelift (2022): This is how the fresh XXL SUV drives
Presentation and price: Fresh X7 starts under 100,000 euros
In terms of price, the journey in the facelift of the X7 starts at 97,700 euros, then you get the xDrive 40i with in-line six-cylinder petrol engine and 380 hp. The diesel version costs at least 99,700, and those who opt for the sportier xDrive M60i will have to loosen up from 127,200 euros.
Optics: The X7 gets a facelift again
In the future, the BMW X7 will have a front that is divided horizontally into two parts, consisting of daytime running lights, main headlights and the large grille. The double kidney can now also be optionally illuminated.
Dimensions: Facelift often only visible in detail
The new aprons have an impact on the external dimensions of the BMW X7 – however, the adjustments are limited, which is why the differences to the predecessor are small.
The dimensions of the new BMW X7 at a glance
● length: 5181mm
● Broad: 2000mm
● Height: 1835mm
● wheelbase: 3105mm
Interior: BMW remixes the X7
Basically, BMW does not change anything on the interior concept with the three rows of seats in the X7. The standard seven-seater layout remains; optionally the SUV becomes a six-seater with more comfort.
Probably the most striking innovation can be seen in the cockpit. In the future, the X7 will also have the curved display, which combines the 12.3-inch instrument cluster and the 14.9-inch infotainment screen under one glass surface.
The new BMW OS 8.0 operating system is also moving into the X7. The new inlays in the dashboard are x-rayed and show an X7 lettering.
Driving: First lap in the fresh X7 (Update!)
From the interior it’s onto the street. The creamy, heavily revised six-cylinder of the X7 40i with 380 hp presents itself on the tour through the Blue Ridge Mountains even smoother than before, responds more directly to the gas, and delivers its power as evenly as a Swiss watch. The only noticeable delay from time to time is the transmission, which takes a little time when shifting gears when there is a sudden performance request.
But that’s also whining at the highest level and quickly forgotten when the X7 cruises relaxed through the woods and, despite its mass, can be gently directed around corners.
The diesel is probably the most important engine in Europe
At least as extensively, the Bavarians have devoted themselves to the 4.4 liter V8, which now operates as the M60i instead of the M50i. An optimized turbocharger, reinforced crank mechanism, exhaust manifold covering all cylinder banks and also the mild hybrid system ensure better response and power delivery – in terms of power it remains at 530 hpbut now supported by the E-Boost.
Equipment: new infotainment for the SUV
With the infotainment update of the X7, the latest assistants are also moving into the BMW. In the future, the SUV will also have functions such as Speed Limit Assist or the reversing assistant for an additional charge. The latter allows the car to maneuver back up to 200 meters long routes exactly as they were previously driven by the driver.
A new comfort package gives the rear USB ports with up to 45 watts of charging power, which is also enough to charge a notebook.
Engines: BMW X7 only as a mild hybrid
Basically, the BMW X7 retains the well-known range of engines. In the base, however, the large SUV now has 47 hp more. There will still be no plug-in hybrid – all units are now equipped with a 48-volt network and belt starter generator – in other words, with a mild hybrid drive. The generator also boosts for a short time if required and provides up to 12 in all three models hp and 200 Nm.
In addition to the entry-level X7 xDrive 40i with 380 hp In addition to the powerful inline six-cylinder, there is still only one diesel: The xDrive 40d also works with an inline six-cylinder, the 340 hp performs. The top model M60i xDrive stays with the V8 and 530 hp.
The X7 engines at a glance
● BMW X7 xDrive 40d Engine: in-line six-cylinder diesel; Displacement: 2993 cc; Power: 340 hp (250 kW); Torque: 700 Nm; combined consumption: 8.7 l/100 km; Transmission: eight-speed automatic
● BMW X7 M60i xDrive Engine: V8 petrol engine; Displacement: 4395 cc; Power: 530 hp (390 kW); Torque: 750 Nm; combined consumption: 13.3 l/100 km; Transmission: eight-speed automatic