Restyled BMW X7 (2022): the seven-seater gets a mid-career facelift

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Three years after its launch, BMW’s flagship is already entitled to a mid-career restyling. The restyled BMW X7 was unveiled by the German manufacturer on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. This facelift changes some design elements of the seven-seater SUV and significantly changes the dashboard to make it more modern. The engine range is also undergoing adjustments, but for the time being will not succumb to the sirens of the rechargeable hybrid.

Visually, it is at the front of the X7 that this restyling is most noticeable. Narrow daytime running lights are installed above the adaptive Matrix LED headlights to provide a two-storey view of this imposing vehicle, which is still 5,151 meters long, 1,805 meters high and 2 meters wide. BMW says it has also redesigned the dual-bean grille, which can light up discreetly. The bumper has also been redesigned.

New body colors on the program

Restyled BMW X7 (2022)

Restyled BMW X7 (2022)Credit photo – BMW

At the rear, LED lights with 3D light signature serve as direction indicators. The central chrome bar is still present. Out of the box, the X7 comes with 20-inch wheels, but customers can still opt for optional 23-inch wheels if they wish. BMW says 40 custom body colors are available on request, adding Sparkling Copper Gray Metallic and M Marina Bay Blue to the base colors.

The dashboard receives the BMW Curved Display

Restyled BMW X7 (2022)

Restyled BMW X7 (2022)Credit photo – BMW

On board this restyled X7, BMW has integrated the famous BMW Curved Display which is linked to the latest version of the BMW iDrive infotainment system. This curved plate actually consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen. The dashboard has been slightly reworked and is now decorated with a standard wooden insert, larger air vents and a light strip.

In addition to these developments, the interior of the X7 is now equipped with heated seats as standard. With a Comfort Pack you can take advantage of these heated second and third row seats, a heated steering wheel, heated armrests or even cup holders that can keep drinks at the right temperature. And in the European market, the leather upholstery can now be configured in four different colours.

Hybridization at all levels under the hood

Restyled BMW X7 (2022)Credit photo – BMW

On the engine side, buyers of this restyled BMW X7 can first opt ​​for the M60i xDrive version, whose V8 4.4 engine still develops 530 hp for 750 Nm of torque. It is now associated with a 48V hybridization technology whose electric motor develops 12 hp for 200 Nm of torque, and an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The maximum speed is still limited to 250 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is done in 4.7 seconds. The diesel engine in the range is the xDrive40d 3.0 TwinPower Turbo. This six-cylinder in-line is always associated with the 48V hybridization. It develops 340 hp for 700 Nm of torque, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and its top speed reaches 243 km/h.

Outside our regions, a second petrol version called xDrive40i will be offered to customers. This version is equipped with a 3.0 TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line 380 hp for 540 Nm of torque in combination with a 48V light hybridization system. Enough to shoot the X7 from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds and reach the top speed of 250 km/h. As their name suggests, the three engines are associated with xDrive four-wheel drive.

The new BMW X7 will go on sale in August 2022. Like the previous version, this facelifted model will be produced at the Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA plant. The price is set at €133,500 for the M60i xDrive version and €101,900 for the xDrive40d version.

In brief

A more refined look, redesigned bumpers, redesigned interior… The first restyling of the BMW X7 brings with it some changes. The German manufacturer’s seven-seater SUV is getting an update to start the second part of its career quietly. In particular, the dashboard gets the famous BMW Curved Display, this double curved screen that is linked to the BMW iDrive infotainment system. Under the hood, the six-cylinder inline engines and the V8 are now all coupled to a 48V mild hybrid system. Marketing of the new restyled X7 should begin in August 2022.

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