The 2022 BMW X7 is on the way and it’s about to bring some pretty interesting novelties. Three years after the initial launch, it will receive a mid-cycle refresh. The test mule has been spotted on the road and it wears a bit of a camouflage, which clearly indicates styling updates. However, that won’t be the only novelty for the next year. We also expect to see a couple of interior updates, while reports also suggest the introduction of a plug-in hybrid version. Naturally, we also expect to see more features on the list of standard equipment.
Despite the changes, we have no doubt that the overall layout will remain the same. Therefore, you may count on familiar design characteristics, starting from engaging handling, spacious cabin and capable engine options. The 2022 BMW X7 is expected to arrive by the end of 2021. The exact launch date is yet to be announced.
2022 BMW X7 Redesign
The upcoming update will bring changes in various aspects and the first thing that comes to mind is styling. The test mule has already been spotted and it wears camouflage on both ends of the car. We presume that the front end will come with a new, larger grille, as well as with new headlights, which will take inspiration from the new 7 Series. Also, we expect to see a bumper with a new shape, with a more aggressive look. The rear end should come with a slightly revised rear bumper, as well as with new taillights. Naturally, we also expect to see typical mid-cycle changes, such as new color options, new wheels designs etc.
On the other hand, the overall layout will remain the same. The 2022 BMW X7 will continue with the same design, which is based on a familiar CLAR platform. This model has a lot of similarities with the X5 but comes in a notably bigger package. We particularly like its suspension setup, which provides a great balance between sporty handling and a comfortable ride.
Although we still don’t have officials details, many unofficial reports suggest interesting changes on the inside as well. This particularly refers to the dashboard design, which should come with lots of new tech features, which will also improve the visual appeal. Allegedly, we are about to see a new digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen, designed in the same fashion as the units we saw in iX and i4 models.
Other than new screens, we also coun on slight revisions to the center console, while the whole cabin should come with improvements regarding materials and overall quality.
On the other hand, the overall cabin layout should remain unchanged. You may count on the same amount of space, with three spacious rows of seats. We particularly like the front seats, which are massive and supportive. The driving position is excellent, while the visibility is good in all directions. The third row is also quite functional.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on 12.8 cubic feet behind the third row. Fold this row down and you get 48.6 cubic feet. The total cargo volume goes over 90 cubic feet, which is a pretty good rating for the segment.
2022 BMW X7 Engines
Although it still waits for the official confirmation, the new plug-in hybrid version should be the biggest novelty for the next year, at least under the hood. We presume that the new model will feature the same setup as the X5, which combines a well-known 3.0-liter inline-six with an electric motor, for a total output of 389 horsepower. That should be enough to ensure 0-60 sprint in less than six seconds.
On the other hand, we presume that the rest of the lineup will remain the same. In other words, base versions will continue with a well-known 3.0-liter inline-six, which puts out around 335 horsepower. It offset pretty good driving dynamics and should satisfy most drivers. The average fuel economy is also pretty decent – around 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Those who are looking for more power can choose between versions of the 4.4-liter V8. The more basic one puts out 523 horsepower and wears the M50i badge. If you get a model with the Alpina XB7 badge, you may count on a max output of 612 horsepower.
All three engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does an excellent job.
2022 BMW X7 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 BMW X7 sometime late in the year, though the exact launch date is yet to be announced. Base models should go around 76.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, some of the names that come to mind first are Mercedes-Benz GLS, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator etc.