New BMW X7 features expressive design and 48-volt mild hybrid

BMW have unveiled the new X7, and with it a host of new developments and upgrades for two Australian-ready models, the xDrive40d and the M60i xDrive. Both are set for release in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The most intriguing change on BMW’s flagship SUV is the reimagined front end, now featuring a split headlight setup, with LED daytime running lights doubling as indicators and mounted high.

Matrix LED headlights housing the low and high beams are more deep-seated and lower on the front bumper, enhancing its road presence. Internally, the X7 adopts a new 12.3-inch instrument panel with slimmer air vents and an ambient light bar as well.

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It also features BMW’s new 14.9 inch curved display. Comfort and luxury are emphasised with an array of standard equipment, such as a panoramic glass sunroof and four-zone climate control, while the list of optional extras makes the X7 irresistible.

We’re talking things like second and third row seat heating, and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system for audio aficionados.

Under the hood, the X7 M60i’s 4.4-litre V8, with M-TwinPower Turbo technology, allows a maximum power output of a staggering 390kW and 750Nm of torque, to all four wheels. Its xDrive40d sibling sports an inline 6-cylinder diesel engine, with a 48-volt mild hybrid setup.

Its maximum power output is 259kW and 720Nm of torque. Both variants will be mated to an 8-speed StepTronic Sport gearbox, including shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

Underneath it all, the X7’s chassis has been re-tuned to maximise stability and handling across a multitude of terrains. Electronic dampening assists the two-axle air suspension, and allows a balance between performance and comfort.

An M-Sport rear differential is paired with the xDrive system’s active roll stabilisation and keeps the car on the asphalt. Safety has been further enhanced throughout the X7 too, including trailer assist.

Other features include a new exit warning system, with Parking Assistant Professional now standard across the range. A new optional colour, Sparkling Copper Grey has been added to the list of new additions to the reinvented and refined X7 range as well.

It’s joined by 23-inch lightened alloy wheels, with an M Sport package also available for those who want to add a dynamic touch to their X7. Pricing and further details will be announced at a later date.

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