As the luxury SUV segment continues to expand in America, automakers are quickly becoming more aware of just how lucrative this segment is. The BMW X7 is the biggest, most luxurious and most expensive SUV that BMW has ever created. BMW has given a complete refresh to their X7 SUV as part of their LCI (Life cycle impulse). Earlier, BMW had teased the X7 facelift through a grainy image through which a split headlight design was confirmed. Now, BMW has fully revealed the 2023 X7 facelift. From the exterior design to the interior technology, BMW has updated the 2023 X7 thoroughly.
2023 BMW X7 Facelift Exterior
As expected, it comes with the new split headlight design. This design will also feature on the new BMW i7 electric limousine. The LED DRLs are positioned near the hood line while the actual LED headlights are positioned lower on the bumper. The LED DRLs also act as turn signal indicators.
At the rear, the updates are minor but we still get new LED taillights which are now 3D. The updated front end also showcases BMW’s signature kidney grille which can be illuminated as an option. Other updates include new colour options as well as new alloy wheels that can go up to 23 inches in size.
2023 BMW X7 Facelift Powertrain
In terms of powertrain, the 2023 X7 facelift offers two engine options. The entry engine is a 3.0-litre turbo inline-6 unit that produces 375 hp and 519 Nm of torque assisted by a 48V mild hybrid system. That’s 40 hp and 70 Nm more than the outgoing model. Thanks to it, the X7 xDrive40i hits 100 kph in 5.6 seconds. The second option is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 making 523 hp and 750 Nm of torque. It is also coupled with a 48V mild hybrid system.
That’s enough power to push the new X7 M60i model to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a new launch control function. Later this year, BMW will reveal the new Alpina XB7 using a tweaked twin-turbo V8 engine producing 630 hp and 800 Nm of torque. It sprints to 100 kph in 4 seconds and will reach a maximum speed of 290 kph.
2023 BMW X7 Facelift Interior & Technology
Inside the X7 facelift, we’ll find the latest BMW iDrive 8 infotainment system. It has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a 14.9-inch touchscreen. Both screens are merged together which is the biggest difference. The air vents in the instrument panel have been totally redesigned. The central outlets are extremely slim and have been integrated into the cockpit with subtle elegance. The outer vents have high gloss black slats and are bordered by delicate chrome surrounds.
The X7 is smartly equipped with all the latest driver assistance systems. New for this model is Exit Warning which alerts the passengers to an approaching vehicle or cyclist before the door is opened. Some other safety features include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, etc.
The new 2023 BMW X7 xDrive40i starts at $79,000 while the more powerful X7 M60i starts at $105,000. For the moment, we don’t know the price of the Alpina XB7 but we should expect it to be around $150,000. It competes directly against the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Audi Q7. BMW didn’t announce the official release date of the 2023 X7 facelift. Can the updated X7 help BMW dominate in the full-size luxury segment? Give your views in the comments below.