The 2023 BMW X7 also gets a host of updates under the skin.
BMW’s flagship SUV has been around for a while now, and this is the first proper update it has received since its unveiling in 2017. In this mid-cycle refresh, the X7 gets a bold new front end, a slightly reworked rear, new gizmos on the inside, and more power and torque.
But before we get into all that, let’s talk styling. The biggest change is, of course, the new split headlight design upfront, which we will also see on the new 7 Series and i7 models. The 2023 X7 also gets reprofiled bumpers at the front and rear, along with redesigned taillights at the back. Also new here is an optional light-up grille.
Inside, the new X7 retains the same overall layout, but the dashboard is styled a little differently, on top of which sits a new 14.9-inch infotainment screen, flanked by a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster – both of which are powered by the new iDrive 8 operating system.
Powering the X7 xDrive40i is the same 3.0-litre inline-six petrol engine as before, now producing 375bhp and 520Nm – 47bhp and 70Nm more than before. The xDrive40d variant gets a 3.0-litre inline-six diesel, producing 347bhp and 700Nm. There is also the range-topping M60i variant with a 4.4-litre V8 engine, producing 523bhp and 750Nm.
The X7 M60i also gets Integral Active Steering and Active Roll Stabilisation. The former is essentially BMW's term for a variable-ratio steering rack, which not only improves low-speed manoeuvrability but also high-speed control.
You can expect the new X7 to arrive in India soon, perhaps before the end of the year, and it will probably command a premium over the current X7’s starting price of Rs 1.17 crore.