The BMW X7 – Bavaria’s biggest and boldest selling SUV – is set to be updated five years after it was introduced to the market. For 2023, BMW designers have modified the X7, giving it a sportier front end, minor updates at the rear, extra power in the base model, and a revamped cabin with the latest and greatest technology inside.
Bold new look
Speaking of flip first, BMW has split its traditional headlight fixture in two for 2023. This dual-light setup will be a new staple for BMW’s full-size models, eventually making its way to the i7 and 7 Series electric sedans, as well as the XM hybrid crossover.
On the X7, the LED running lights sit at the top near the hood line while the actual headlights live below on the bumper. The point of this look, BMW says, is to emphasize the upright stance of the X7. Furthermore, the lower fascia on the xDrive40i model features a new shiny silver trim that hangs from the base of the bumper, while the updated kidney grille wears darker slats within a brighter chrome surround. And new for 2023: a Cascade lighting element within the grille itself, a la Rolls-Royce.
The X7 M60i sports model ditches chrome for a glossy black treatment instead. The kidney grille and lower vents are dressed in monotonous black, while the headlight fixtures have a darker gloss finish that gives them a more aggressive look. As expected, the M badge is located on the left side of the grille.
To go along with this bold new design, BMW has added 14 colors to the color palette. High-gloss Copper Gray – pictured here on the xDrive40i model – is one of those new looks, joined by M Marina Bay Blue metallic as pictured on the M60i, with other BMW Individual finishes such as Ametrin, Dravit Gray, tanzanite Blue II and Frozen Pure Gray is also available.
Buyers can also choose an X7 with the BMW M 50 Years badge, which looks something like this. And for the first time ever in a BMW product, 23-inch wheels are available. The base xDrive40i model uses 21-inch wheels, the M60i rides on 22-inch wheels, and BMW Individual 23-inch wheels are available on the top model.
More core strength
The 2023 X7 still offers the same two engines that were introduced last year: a base 3.0-liter inline-six and an optional 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. But now, both engines are getting 48-volt mild hybrid assistance. The base inline-six is significantly improved with an extra 40 horsepower, and an additional 52 pound-feet of torque. This gives it a total output of 375 horsepower and 383 pound-feet. With that said, the X7 xDrive40i can now hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.
The twin-turbo V8 still has the same 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet as last year, enough to propel the M60i to 60 in 4.5 seconds. And at the top of the range, the Alpina XB7, with its twin-turbo V8, makes 630 horsepower and 590 pound-feet, blasting it to 60 in 4.0 seconds and a limited top speed of 180 mph. Every 2023 X7 version also features a new eight-speed automatic transmission with Launch Control function.
Now standard on the X7 M60i is the integrated active steering and active roll stabilization system. Optional on the xDrive40i model as part of the Dynamic Handling package, the Integral Active Steering is a variable-ratio mount that helps enhance responsiveness at higher speeds and allows for greater maneuverability in challenging situations.
Inside the new X7 is BMW’s latest iDrive 8 infotainment system. Consisting of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen, both hidden behind a beautiful curved screen, the iDrive 8 is making its way into a gas-powered BMW for the first time. So far, the iDrive 8 was only available on the iX and i4 electric models.
The iDrive 8 interface is completely new compared to the previous system 7, with a more elegant interface, a more streamlined home screen and additional features. In the meantime, things like voice and gesture control carry over from the previous model.
Multi-line seats are now standard on the X7, with a heating function standard for both the driver and front passenger. Previously, both were options. Both massage and ventilation functions can be added as an option, and BMW’s vegan Sensafin synthetic leather is also standard on the xDrive40i. The M60i gets the standard Merino extended leather, which is also available as an option on the base model.
The 2023 X7 xDrive40i starts at $78,845 with the $995 destination fee included, which is slightly up from last year at about $2,000. Meanwhile, the more powerful X7 M60i costs $104,095 for the new year.