2023 BMW X7 revealed: Here’s what you need to know

2023 BMW X7 revealed: Here’s what you need to know

BMW’s X7 flagship SUV has been revised to keep it competitive

BMW’s X7 first reached showrooms in 2019, and became the brand’s SUV flagship – leading the way when it came to spaciousness, quality and technology. 

But three years is a long time in the car world - not least in the luxury SUV segment - which is why BMW has already revised its X7 to keep it competitive with newer rivals, including the latest Mercedes GLS. 

Let’s take a look at what’s new on the 2023 BMW X7…

Bold new front end

The BMW X7 was already a rather bold-looking SUV, but the German firm has worked hard to make it stand out even more. The majority of the exterior changes affect the front end, which gets new split headlights with the daytime running lights and adaptive headlights housed separately. 

The large kidney grille has also been redesigned, while also gaining the brand’s new ‘Iconic Glow’ technology, which illuminates the grille when driving at night and when one of the doors is opened, though drivers can switch the feature off. The lower intakes have also been redesigned, with other changes including new 3D rear lights and the option of 23-inch alloy wheels – the largest ever fitted to a BMW. 

BMW Curved Display introduced

BMW debuted its latest in-car displays last year with the iX and i4, and now they’re also being introduced to the X7. Known as the ‘BMW Curved Display’, it comprises a 12.3-inch digital driver display and 14.9-inch touchscreen, which merge together underneath one stunning piece of glass. 

This feature also uses the latest generation of BMW’s iDrive operating system, providing greater digital services while also expanding the range of driver assistance functions on offer. A new ambient light bar also debuts on the X7, using backlighting behind the dashboard to enhance the luxury feel of this SUV. 

Extended equipment levels, and rejigged trim levels

BMW has also rejigged the trim structure on the new X7, with an Excellence trim joining the range, and sitting alongside the familiar (and popular) M Sport grade and range-topping M Performance version. Additional standard kit also joins the already-extensive list of equipment, such as the illuminated front grille and an extended Individual Merino leather interior. 

Electric and heated front seats are also included, as is a full-length panoramic glass roof, while an optional M Sport Package Pro is also now available bringing a matte black surround for the kidney grille and tailpipe finishers, along with upgraded brakes and a sports exhaust system. 

New flagship M60 xDrive model

Sitting at the top of the new X7 range is a sporty M60 version, which replaces the M50 version that was offered previously. 

Using a new 4.4-litre V8 engine, it produces a huge 523bhp and 750Nm of torque, allowing for a 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph. It also gets more aggressive styling, as well as a sports exhaust system that is said to deliver a ‘rich soundtrack’. 

Mild-hybrid six-cylinder engines introduced

Alongside the flagship M60 version, BMW has also rejigged the remaining engine options, which now both feature mild-hybrid technology as standard. The xDrive40i model now uses a new 3.0-litre petrol unit that puts out 375bhp – 46bhp more than its predecessor, while torque rises by 70Nm to 540Nm. 

The six-cylinder diesel engine in the xDrive40d version has also been revised, and predominantly for efficiency thanks to the mild-hybrid system. 

The new BMW X7 is available to order now, with prices starting from £80,980.

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