The X7 is the biggest SUV in BMW’s lineup and the only model that comes standard with three rows of seats (X5 offers as options). As a flagship model, it draws a lot of attention, so it’s no wonder that the company’s practices big updates every year, even though we are talking about a quite fresh model, which has been around for just a couple of years. That’s why 2021 BMW X7 will be as exciting as the previous two year models in terms of novelties. We are about to see a hi-performance version under the legendary Alpina badge.
The new version will come with loads of upgrades, starting from the most powerful engine in the lineup. Furthermore, you may count on loads of mechanical and visual upgrades, which will emphasize its performance character. On the other side, the rest of the lineup should carry on in the same way. Still, there is always room for smaller novelties, particularly in terms of standard equipment. We expect to see 2021 BMW X7 this fall.
2021 BMW X7 Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 BMW X7 definitely won’t change. We are talking about a model that has been around for just a couple of years, which rides on the company’s latest CLAR platform. Furthermore, the styling is also up to date, as it follows the brand’s latest design language and even emphasizes it. Even though the huge grille may look controversial, the overall styling is actually pretty good. For the next year, we don’t expect any changes.
When it comes to the new hi-performance version, it will come as XB7 and it will feature loads of upgraded compared to base models. Of course, one of the things that come to mind is the suspension setup and brakes. We also expect loads of new styling details, which will accentuate the model’s performance character.
When it comes to interior design, the new 2021 BMW XB7 Alpina will come with several exclusive details on the inside as well. However, the overall cabin design will remain the same. Therefore, you may count on a familiar interior layout, which is all about luxury and convenience. The dashboard is clean and relatively simple and while some rivals may look more opulent, the overall quality of materials and craftsmanship are at a really impressive level.
In terms of space, the first and second rows are great. The third row can be used by adults as well. Sound insulation is excellent, while the visibility is great in all directions. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 12.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 48.6 cubic feet with the third row folded, and a vast 90.4 cubic feet with both rear rows folded. Those are pretty much average ratings for the class.
Yearly updates usually bring a couple of additions in terms of standard equipment. Still, we don’t expect too many of them for the next year. The current model comes standard with goodies like a 12.3-inch iDrive infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, 10 speakers, Bluetooth, and three USB ports. The list of standard equipment also includes goodies like a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, quad-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a wireless smartphone charging pad etc. In higher trim levels, you can also get features like remote start, five-zone automatic climate control, heated and cooled cupholders, rear-seat entertainment screens and a plethora of premium audio systems.
In terms of safety features, all models come standard with things like a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, a driver drowsiness monitor, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Additionally, you can get a surround-view parking camera system, hands-free parallel parking assist, a night vision camera, a head-up display, lane keep assist, and a semi-autonomous traffic jam assist.
2021 BMW X7 Engines
The biggest novelties for the next year will be the addition of the new XB7 Alpina version. This one will feature the most powerful version of a 4.4-liter V8, with a max output of 612 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That should be enough to move this huge SUV in just four seconds.
The rest of the lineup will carry on in the same way. So, base models will feature a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six with 335 horses. The aforementioned V8 already comes in two output variants, with 456 and 523 horsepower.
2021 BMW X7 Release Date and Price
The 2021 BMW X7 will hit the market this fall. Base models will go around 74.000 dollars, while the new Alpina version should go around 143.000 dollars. Of course, Mercedes-Benz GLS is a key competitor, while there are also BoF SUVs like Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator etc.