Since the launch of the BMW X7, its appearance has been criticized for being too big and having too many kidney grills. To be fair to BMW, it’s hard to build a huge, three-row SUV and give it a fine, fine detail. Yet, as BMW’s first insurer in the now-infamous Big Kidney Grill game, the X7 always wore the Scarlett “kg”. With this new LCI update, though, it not only gets some new design features that enhance its appearance, but it also gets some technology and performance upgrades that improve on an already excellent luxury car.
I have been saying for years – BMW X7 Facelift is one of the brand’s best luxury cars and one of the best overall insurance for sale. Contrary to what BMW has always been about – the “Ultimate Driving Machine” – the BMW X7 is a great driving car with plenty of interior space and realistic, thoughtful SUV features. Now, its new LCI will solve some of the exterior design problems, as well as add a new engine and new cabin technology. The base MSRP for the 2023 BMW X7 xDrive40i is $ 77,850 + $ 995 destination; X7 M60i $ 103,100 + $ 995 destination. The US launch will begin on the 3rd of 2022.
Will these headlights split your opinion?
Split headlights are big news. Like its upcoming 7 Series and XM cousins, the BMW X7 LCI will achieve a new split headlight design that is completely different from any other headlight design in the brand’s history. This is a bold new design for a car that is already polarizing
The headlights are now split in two, one at the top and one at the bottom. The upper half offers a modern, slimmer tech signature dual-hello BMW headlight design, with two slim, reverse-down hockey stick LEDs. These seem to act as daytime running lights, as well as turn signals, leaving the lower half to handle the main and high beams. The lower half is much larger, due to the housing of the main lighting elements, and it extends into the front bumper taking in vertical air. This is a bit of a stretch to give the impression that the original beams are hidden in the background until needed.
BMW X7 xDrive40i Exterior design
This new design is radically different from any previous BMW, not just the pre-LCI X7. However, the new design is expected to go the way of other high-end BMWs, such as the Next-Gen 7 series and the upcoming XM. Underneath the headlights, the new air intake at the front makes the front bumper a bit sporty.
The grille is still a larger old X7 kidney grill but it now looks more proportionate because split headlights add more visual verticality. The headlights on the pre-LCI X7 were much more skinny, which accentuates the size of the grille, further enhancing its design. Now, though, it all looks more integrated. In addition, the X7 Facelift gets an optional illuminated kidney grille, just like the X6 and the upcoming 7 Series. Illumination is activated when a door is opened and can be tuned in or off via the iDrive system.
On the rear, the BMW X7 LCI’s taillights are almost identical to the pre-LCI taillights, except for those that are a little deeper and darker in color.
Other than that, though, the exterior of the BMW X7 LCI is not much different from the previous one. This is a BMW LCI update to be simple, to be fair, and the changes to the front of the X7 are probably the most radical LCI changes we’ve seen over the years.
Some alternative changes include a few new colors, including 23 ″ wheels and sparkling copper metallic. There are also a few new shades on top of the X7 M60i line, including the M Marina Bay Blue, Ametrine Metallic, and Frozen Pure Gray Metallic. Of course a ton of new individual colors are available, including Daytona Violet and Ruby Red. The BMW X7 M60i will also have an optional “BMW M 50 Years” symbol on the hood, tailgate and hubcap.
New technology, the same great interior
Inside, the BMW X7 LCI is mostly the same as before, with only a few minor, but meaningful updates. This isn’t a bad thing, though, as the X7’s cabin was always nice to spend time with Now, though, it has got some new technology and some interesting features that keep it fresh for 2022. The main update you will notice is the huge new iDrive 8 screen, borrowed directly from the BMW iX. Not only is it the same screen, it has been applied similarly with a floating design, so it now hangs over a wide section of wood trim on the dashboard.
BMW X7 xDrive40i Interior design
With the iDrive 8 screen, the BMW X7 LCI now gets the same new digital dial as the iX, which combines with the iDrive 8 to create a larger screen. The digital dials on the iX, and now the X7 LCI, are a significant improvement over most other BMW’s current set, including better visibility and improved customization.
More subtle updates include the dashboard’s passenger-side light bar, which reads “X7”, and the iX-style shift toggle, which replaces the old shift lever. The lack of protruding shift levers gives the center console a more exposed look and feel, which already enhances the atmosphere of the airy cabin.
The heated front seats are also now standard, with the option of heating the second and third row seats as extras Speaking of seats, a new vegetarian-friendly sensafin seating material is available, which comes with the same quilting and stitching as the original leather, but is only available in four colors; Black, Silverstone, Cognac and Coffee.
The S68 engine debuts
Split headlights are not the only thing to debut on the BMW X7 LCI. BMW’s first all-new V8 engine will also hit the first scene on this new X7. It is internally known as the “S68” engine and will be a valid M Division V8 that will also be used in some M performance vehicles, such as the X7 M60i.
Just like its predecessor, the S68 will get a 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 and some suitable motorsport technology, such as a cross-bank exhaust manifold, bank-symmetrical turbocharger, external engine oil cooling with a brand new oil pump, a strong crankshaft and A light weight oil sump.
More importantly, it gets 48-volt light-hybrid technology with extra power from an electric motor. BMW claims that the 48-volt light hybrid motor produces 12 horsepower but produces 147 pound-feet (200Nm) of torque. It is also said to help smooth out automatic start / stop technology.
Total system power for the BMW X7 M60i is 530 horsepower and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. According to BMW, the M60i accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds
Although the S68 engine will not be the only new engine. The BMW X7 xDrive40i will use an updated B58 3.0 liter turbocharged Straight-Six, which will also benefit from 48-volt technology. Interestingly, the light-hybrid setup of the ’40i model can actually drive the car at very low speeds under electric power. BMW doesn’t say what kind of speed, but don’t expect anything faster than the speed of the parking lot. The B58-powered X7 xDrive40i will produce 380 horsepower and 383 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque, but with some temporary use of the hybrid motor it can be increased to 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque. BMW demands a time of 0-60 of 5.8 seconds.
In addition to the B58, the BMW X7 xDrive40d will have another 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six, this time with a diesel. The Blow-Six diesel will also get 48-volt light-hybrid technology, along with new steel pistons (instead of the old aluminum) that allow higher combustion pressures and a new common-rail direct-injection system with solenoid valve injectors. Power up to 340 horsepower and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque. With the added hybrid boost, torque temporarily shifts to 531 pound-feet (720 Nm). The BMW demands a time of 0-60 of 6.1 seconds.
All BMW X7 models are paired with an eight-speed automatic and xDrive all-wheel drive, but that’s kind of talking.
The same great drive
All X7 models will have a standard two-axle air suspension and electronically adapted damper. For the M60i model, integral active steering (rear wheel steering) and active roll stabilization are also standard. In addition, the M60i model gets more rigid front control arm mounts and specially tuned shock and spring features.
Like the current X7, the air suspension can increase ride height up to 40mm, improving ground clearance for any soft-roading. Or it can reduce the height of the ride up to 20mm, giving it a more sporty, more athletic position. The latter will happen automatically if the speed exceeds 86 mph (138 km / h).
There are four different off-road driving modes, which will adjust the ride height and suspension accordingly; xRocks, xSand, xSnow and xGravel. If you plan to remove your BMW X7 from the beaten path, an xOffroad package is available, which adds a protective plate to the bottom of the car.
New face, new engine, new X7
With most BMW LCI updates, you’ll get some new headlights, possibly a technology upgrade inside, and some new color options, but it’s mostly the same car. This new BMW X7 LCI, though, has been updated so extensively that it looks like a completely different car. Its front end is different, its user interface inside the car is different, and its engines are completely overhauled. If you’re an X7 owner, upgrading to this new LCI model will make it look dramatically different and make your ownership experience feel completely new.
Do you feel better now? That will be discussed for another time. However, as it stands now, the BMW X7 LCI has been extensively updated compared to its predecessor and it should look fresh for the rest of its life cycle.
BMW X7 LCI Highlights
BMW X7 design
BMW X7 design sketch