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New BMW X7

BMW has released the updated version of one of their flagship vehicles, the X7. Encompassing intricate design, exclusivity, versatility and space, the X7 has managed to cement itself as a success in the luxury segment. Furthermore the unique character profile of the brand’s largest Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) has undergone a revamp. BMW made extensive design refinements and some changes to the front end. Additionally the X7 features a new-look M Sport package. Light-alloy wheels measuring up to 23 inches are a first for BMW. The latest-generation iDrive control/operation system controls the X7. This includes the BMW Curved Display and the BMW Operating System 8. The new BMW X7 comes with a further expanded range of standard equipment.

The new X7 will be produced at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg. This is the home of BMW X models in the US state of South Carolina. The worldwide market launch for the new BMW X7 will get underway in August 2022. 

The exterior of the BMW X7

The X7 model embraces both on-the-road elegance and off-road ability. Extensive design modifications enhance above all the visual individuality of the largest BMW X model. The newly structured front end picks up on signature BMW design cues. Twin headlights as well as a BMW kidney grille are notable features. In their newly interpreted form, these features emphasise the car’s upright stance and reinforce its road presence.

Split headlight units are making their debut in the new BMW X7. The horizontal LED light elements set higher up in the front end house the position light, daytime driving lights and turn signal indicators. The LED units located below them for the low-beam and high-beam headlights give the impression of retreating into the background with their dark housing. The new adaptive matrix LED headlights and adaptive light distribution now also provide the functionality of front fog lights.

The style of the extremely slim rear lights are accentuated. The chrome bar connecting the rear light units on the new BMW X7 is enclosed within an exquisite glass cover.

The optional, newly designed M Sport package shines an even brighter spotlight on the dynamic driving properties of the BMW X7. M-specific design features for the exterior and interior also clearly emphasise the performance attributes of the BMW X7 M60i xDrive. The M Marina Bay Blue metallic paint finish is exclusively for the BMW M models. In addition to the range of exterior colours is Sparkling Copper Grey metallic. 20-inch light-alloy wheels are standard on the new BMW X7. Optional 23-inch light-alloy wheels are available aftermarket for the first time for a BMW model.

BMW X7 interior

The new BMW X7 has three rows of seats, making it very practical and spacious. For instance, the second row accommodates three passengers as standard and offers two particularly comfortable individual seats as an option. Of course, heated seats are provided as standard for the driver and front passenger.

Furthermore, more comprehensive features include a four-zone automatic climate control, panoramic glass sunroof and Harman Kardon sound. Additionally, comfort seats for the driver and front passenger, a Sport leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles and a tray for wirelessly charging. The options list includes the Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof and the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System. Moreover, there is active seat ventilation and a massage function for the driver and front passenger. In the Comfort Package, the seats in the second and third rows have heating ability. The steering wheel and armrests have heating too.

New engine range and technology

There is now a new 4.4-litre petrol V8 for the range-topping BMW X7 M60i xDrive. This results in 390kW of power and 750Nm of torque.

The six-cylinder in-line diesel engine in the new X7 xDrive40d produces 259 kW/720 Nm with the input of the mild hybrid system.

The most important shared feature of the two engines is the integration of new-generation 48V mild hybrid technology. This form of electrification consists of a crankshaft-mounted starter generator integrated into the transmission and contributes an extra 9 kW of output and an extra 20 Nm of torque. All of the engines partner with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission including shift paddles on the steering wheel and a Sprint function. The power is obviously channelled to the road or unsurfaced terrain through the intelligent all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive.

Latest-generation BMW iDrive with BMW Curved Display.

The standard BMW Live Cockpit Plus in the new X7 includes the latest edition of BMW iDrive. It is based on BMW Operating System 8 and has the BMW Curved Display, formed by a 12.3-inch information display and a control display screen diagonal of 14.9 inches. In addition, the new display grouping in place and the continually expanding skillset of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant ensures that the new BMW iDrive is geared squarely towards touch operation and gesture control as well as dialogue using natural language.

The new BMW X7 will be available in South Africa from the final quarter of 2022.

For more information: BMW X7 (G07): Models, Technical Data & Prices |

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