BMW’s flagship crossover is getting a facelift. This mid-cycle update brings all kinds of novelties and even though such updates are usually about exterior changes. The 2023 BMW X7 is new from the inside as well, thanks to the new dashboard design and new tech features. Furthermore, there are novelties under the hood as well, particularly in terms of the new M60i version, with comes with a mild-hybrid setup. Of course, the list of standard and available features is getting expanded as well.
Despite the updates, the overall layout remains the same. This full-size SUV continues with the same base design, which still has a lot of good things to offer. We like the ride quality, whether it’s about comfortable suspension or capable powertrain options. Moreover, the cabin is opulent, while the level of athleticism is at a decent level. However, the X7 remains tight in the third row and behind it.
2023 BMW X7 Design
Design-wise, the 2023 BMW X7 receives a typical facelift. The focus is on exterior aesthetics, which have been updated with a completely new front end. The new face looks sharper and more aggressive, thanks to the narrower headlights and bigger air intakes. However, the new styling is certainly polarizing, as not a small number of traditional lovers of the Bavarian brand are not satisfied with the direction the new styling philosophy is going. We should also mention new sets of wheels, including those with 23 inches in diameter, which are offered for the first time.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle remains the same. This includes the chassis and suspension setup. The air suspension is standard in all models, while you can also get rear-wheel steering and active anti-roll bars. Furthermore, the M-badged models come with stiffer suspension, upgraded brakes and a few more modifications.
Although mid-cycle refreshes are usually all-about exterior updates, that’s not the case with the 2023 BMW X7. This update also brings novelties to the inside. There is a new dashboard design, which brings some slight shape revisions but more importantly, it comes with completely new screens, which feature the same design as those found in the new iX series electric SUV. The new cabin now looks even more attractive, while the overall build quality is at a pretty impressive level.
On the other hand, the rest of the cabin remains largely the same. This SUV comes standard with three rows of seats and you can choose between models with six or seven seats. The front seats are massive and support, while the wide range of adjustability options makes finding a driving position a piece of cake. The second row is also very spacious and accommodates adults with ease. However, we can’t say the same for the third row and cargo area, which are tight when compared with key rivals, such as Mercedes-Benz GLS or Cadillac Escalade.
As we’ve just mentioned, the new screens are some of the biggest novelties. All models come standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen, which is once again controlled by a massive rotary knob on the center console, but also via gesture controls.
You may also count on features like heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and ambient interior lighting. Models with second-row captain’s chairs also come with power-adjustable seats in the second row.
When it comes to safety, all models come standard with things like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and many more.
2023 BMW X7 Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, the standard 2023 BMW X7 will carry on with a familiar 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. However, the engine gets a notable power upgrade, up to 375 horsepower (up 40), as well as a massive torque increase, to 398 pound-feet (up 67).
Models with a 523-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 carried over as well, though with a notable change. This version is now called the M60i (instead of M50i), and it gets a mild-hybrid setup. The V8 gets help from a single electric motor, which adds 12 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. The company claims improved fuel economy with the new setup, though we haven’t got a chance to test the new model yet.
Finally, there is the Alpina XB7 model, which also gets a slight power increase, from 612 to 630 horsepower.
All models come standard with a smooth-shifting 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
2023 BMW X7 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 BMW X7 will go on sale this summer. From what we can see, the new model will feature a slightly higher starting price, which will go slightly under 79.000 dollars. The competition is tough and besides the Mercedes-Benz GLS, some of the key rivals are models like Cadillac Escalade, Jeep Grand Wagoneer etc.