New BMW X7 revealed: price, specs and release date
April 13, 2022 by
This is the new BMW X7. You might not like the divisive looks, but its revamped interior tech, new engines and range-topping X7 M60i model could make it one of the most desirable luxury SUVs on sale. Read on for full details…
- Radical new design
- Overhauled interior
- All-new infotainment tech
- New mild-hybrid engines in 40i & 40d
- All-new top-spec X7 M60i performance SUV
- X7 set to cost more than £80,000
The new BMW X7 gives the imposing luxury SUV an even bolder look, a redesigned cabin, and a host of new tech including a radical infotainment overhaul and new mild-hybrid engines in X7 40i and X7 40d flavours.
Oh, and there’s also a new X7 M60i high-performance model with 530hp to take the fight to the likes of the Audi SQ7.
New BMW X7 design
If you thought BMW’s obsession with huge grilles was weird, just check out what it’s done with the new X7’s headlights…
Instead of a normal one-piece design (like pretty much every BMW of the last few decades), the X7’s daytime running lights are mounted in a slim strip at the top with the main beams mounted in a totally separate panel underneath.
You might not like it, but you’ll have to get used to it – it’ll appear on more BMWs in the future, starting with the next 7 Series…
The new BMW X7 doesn’t look anywhere as different from the side, but there are some important changes, namely the new chrome strake under the doors and the option to get it with 22- or 23-inch wheels instead of the standard 20-inch alloys.
Things look positively ordinary at the back. Besides a slightly wider chrome strip connecting the brake lights, this new X7 looks just like last year’s car; fake exhaust pipes and all…
New BMW X7 interior
The biggest upgrade for the new BMW X7 is its widescreen infotainment system.
The old car had two separate screens – one in front of the steering wheel and the other in the middle of the dashboard. The new car gets a huge one-piece widescreen design pinched from the BMW i4 and iX electric cars.
It’s running BMW’s latest iDrive 8 software, which adds more advanced voice recognition, umpteen customisable menus and over-the-air updates.
Just like in the old car, the new BMW X7 comes with five seats as standard but you can pay extra to have two roomier seats in the back instead. There’s also the option to have a third row of seats with enough room for two more (small-ish) adults.
In Europe, the new BMW X7 comes with extended leather trim as standard, instead of the vegan alternative offered in other markets. A panoramic glass roof is also standard, along with four-zone climate control.
New BMW X7 hybrid engines
The new BMW X7 comes with a range of 3.0-litre six-cylinder mild-hybrid engines. X7 40i models produce 380hp (47hp more than the old X7 40i) while a diesel-powered X7 40d delivers 352hp.
Both engines come with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that uses a 12hp electric motor to give the engine a helpful boost when you accelerate hard and helps reduce fuel consumption when you’re cruising along.
Both petrol 40i and diesel 40d models come with four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard – just like in the old BMW X7.
New BMW X7 M60i
New for 2022 is the BMW X7 M60i. This range-topping car gets a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with 530hp, a limited-slip rear differential to help maximise grip when you accelerate out of tight corners.
It also comes with an active anti-roll system that helps stop the car from leaning in bends. You can pay extra to have this system fitted to 40i and 40d models, too.
What you can’t get on those cars is the X7 M60i’s bodykit. This adds more aggressive bumpers, new side skirts, a remodeled rear bumper and a set of sportier alloy wheels for good measure.
New BM X7 price and release date
BMW hasn’t confirmed when the new X7 will go on sale or how much it will cost. However, it’s likely you’ll be able to put your name down for one in summer 2022, and it’ll probably set you back a smidge more than the outgoing car – these upgrades don’t come for free, after all.
Expect to pay at least £80,000 for an entry-level 40i and 40d model, while top-spec X7 M60i versions will set you back more than £100,000.
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