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2022 BMW X7 facelift debuts with a split face & mild-hybrid boost

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I’m sorry fellas, I like the new design ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

One and half years ago, spy shots-based renderings gave us a pretty good idea of how the BMW X7 facelift is gonna look, and needless to say, they came pretty close to the real thing we are seeing now. And I hate to admit that while I hated the original X7‘s looks (except for the Dark Edition), I kinda dig this 2022 update. And I think that’s mostly because the split-lamp design kinda takes the attention away from the gigantic grille. But anyway, depending on the market, the new X7 will go on sale in August 2022.

The photos here feature the X7 xDrive40i and the X7 M60i xDrive, with the latter attempting to look sporty with a model-exclusive M Marina Bay Blue metallic paint finish, combined with black elements and 21-inch M light-alloy wheels. Also, the “Iconic Glow” kidney grille comes standard on this range-topping model, because of course, the grille should draw more attention.

And yes, the taillights have received a makeover too, with an interesting 3D pattern detailing.

But anyway, for those who find 20- or 21-inch (M60i xDrive) wheels not sufficient, optional 23-inch light-alloy wheels are available ex-factory for the first time for a BMW model. Adaptive Matrix LED headlights come standard, as are adaptive two-axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering (M60i xDrive), Executive Drive system with active roll stabilization (M60i xDrive), and a rear M Sport differential (M60i xDrive).

The refreshed interior features a new dashboard with a curved panel that houses a 12.3-inch driver display and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen, both powered by the latest-gen BMW Operating System 8. Also, notice that the dashboard has illuminated X7 graphics. Other key features include standard heated comfort front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic glass sunroof.

Options include Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof (illuminated by LEDs), Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, and active seat ventilation and massage function for front seats. If the new Comfort Package is specified, the seats in the second and third rows can also be heated, as can the steering wheel and the front armrests.

As for the assistance systems, standard Parking Assistant also includes the Reversing Assist Camera and Reversing Assistant. On cars with the optional Parking Assistant Professional, the Reversing Assistant can now take over the job of steering the car for a distance of up to 200 metres. Other new systems include Trailer Assistant which is said to make it easier to execute reversing manoeuvres when towing a trailer, and Manoeuvre Assistant which can store manoeuvres covering a distance of up to 200 metres each.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the new X7 is gonna offer three variants at launch, all combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Let’s start with the range-topping X7 M60i xDrive.

Speaking of which, the 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo petrol motor pumps out 390 kW (530 metric hp) and a peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft); same figures as the outgoing X7 M50i.

For those who don’t want a V8, BMW will happily sell you the X7 xDrive40i, powered by a 3.0L straight-six turbo petrol, now offering 280 kW (381 metric hp) and 520 Nm (383.5 lb-ft), up by 30 kW (41 metric hp) and 70 Nm (51.5 lb-ft). The MHEV system offers a 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) boost for a total of 540 Nm (398 lb-ft). Of course, there’s also the X7 xDrive40d, powered by a 3.0L straight-six turbo diesel engine with 259 kW (352 metric hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft); the power is up by 9 kW (12 metric hp), while here too, the MHEV system offers a 20 Nm (15 lb-ft) boost for a total of 720 Nm (531 lb-ft).

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