BMW has introduced the facelifted version of the current-generation version of its flagship SUV, the X7. Compared to the current version, the new BMW X7 gets a revised front fascia, retuned powertrains and changes to its cabin, thus making it feel more premium than before. The new model has gone on sale in other global markets and is expected to hit the Indian shores by the end of 2022 or 2023 beginning.
2022 BMW X7 – Exterior Changes
The biggest change visible in the facelifted BMW X7 is the revised front end. The slimmer-looking laser headlamps of the current version have been replaced by a fresher-looking split LED design, with the upper part housing the daytime running LEDs while the lower housings having laser LEDs placed a bit lower on the front bumper. This new design theme is expected to make a way in the forthcoming premium models from BMW, including the next-generation version of the 7-Series sedan.
Other revisions carried out on the front profile include a mildly updated kidney grille with darker vertical slats and cascade lighting element, silver trim on the sides of the air dam at the bottom and slimmer air curtains on the sides of the bumper. The sportier version of the SUV, the X7 M60i, is bestowed with a gloss black finish for the grille and air vents on the front bumper and larger 23-inch alloy wheels. The xDrive 40i variant, however, rides on 21-inch alloy wheels. The only other significant change in the new version is a slimmer-looking chrome garnish between the tail lamps, which also have revised LED inserts.
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2022 BMW X7 – Interior Changes
While the overall layout of the cabin of the updated BMW X7 remains the same as before, there are a few revisions that give it a feel of an updated place to be in. The 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system now runs on BMW’s latest iDrive 8 software, which gives it a simpler and more intuitive home screen, interface and enhanced voice and gesture controls.
The new BMW X7 also gets a 12.3-inch full-TFT instrument console and multi-contour seats with heating functionality for front seats as standard. While the xDrive 40i variant comes with vegan Sensafin leather upholstery, the sportier M60i variant has extended Merino leather upholstery.
2022 BMW X7 – Powertrain Changes
The new BMW X7 retains the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six petrol engine for the xDrive 40i and the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine for the M60i, but this time around, both these engine options get a 48V mild-hybrid system.
The inline-six engine in the xDrive 40i variant produces 375 bhp of power and 519 Nm of torque – almost 40 bhp of more power and 70.5 Nm of more torque, and covers 0-100 kmph sprint in 5.6 seconds. On the other hand, the more powerful V8 engine in the M60i churns out 523 bhp of power and 750 Nm of torque and does the 0-100 kmph sprint in 4 seconds. An 8-speed automatic gearbox is offered as the standard transmission for both engine options.
2022 BMW X7 – Expected launch in India
In all likelihood, the new BMW X7 will arrive in India towards the end of 2022, or at the beginning of 2023, and will continue to rival the likes of the Audi Q7, Mercedes Benz GLS Class and Land Rover Range Rover.