The 2023 BMW X7 officially breaks cover, featuring a bold new face that the upcoming 7 Series flagship sedan will also adapt. You better get used to this face, because this is the face that all future BMW luxury class models like the 7 Series and X7 will be wearing.
Whereas past BMW models had an iconic set of headlights that were characterized by twin circular LED daytime running lights, the new X7 and other upcoming flagship BMWs will feature split-type headlights with separate LED daytime running light clusters. The headlights are housed inside a black panel that keeps them hidden unless the lights are illuminated.
Other than the new headlight clusters, the lower front bumper has also been updated. The grille size has remained unchanged (thankfully), though higher variants can now be equipped with an illuminated grille. At the back, the rear bumper and LED taillight clusters have also been revamped to now feature a black tint.
Lastly, an optional M Sport package (which is standard on the M60i variant) adds a bit of aggression to the X7’s exterior. This includes a completely unique front and rear bumper, new alloy wheels, sportier mirrors, and chrome delete.
As for the interior, the 2023 BMW X7 now utilizes the latest iDrive 8. While the overall design looks largely similar, there’s now a new floating curved screen design that’s carried over from the iX electric SUV. This houses a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 14.9-inch main infotainment screen. Another new design trait of the X7’s interior is its gear lever, or the lack of it. Replacing the electronic gear shifter is a tiny toggle beside the iDrive controller. And just like the outgoing X7, the interior can be configured to have either six or seven seats.
Likewise, the interior of the M Sport variant focuses on sportiness. The interior color scheme is predominantly black, while the interior trim choices also focus on the sportier side of things, with carbon fiber being one of your choices. The performance-oriented M60i further adds this with M Sport seats and an M Sport steering wheel.
Various engine choices will be offered on the BMW X7, with the Philippine market most likely benefitting from a diesel powerplant. The current X7 comes with the xDrive30d, but this will be replaced by a new xDrive40d variant. This new powerplant still uses the same 3.0-liter straight-six turbo-diesel as before, but it now comes with the benefit of a 48-volt integrated starter generator (ISG), thus making this a mild-hybrid powertrain. As a result, power is now increased to 340 hp and 700 Nm of torque, but a hybrid boost function adds a further 20 Nm during short bursts of hard acceleration. 0-100 kph is therefore achieved in just 6.1 seconds, almost a second quicker than the outgoing xDrive30d.
The top of the range engine choice is the M60i, which replaces the M50i. This uses an all-new 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 gasoline engine that’s codenamed S68, and it’s an engine that’s now developed by BMW’s M division. This engine likewise benefits from a 48-volt ISG, thus making this a mild hybrid as well. Interestingly, its power output is still the same at 530 hp and 750 Nm of torque, and its 0-100 kph acceleration time of 4.5 seconds is also unchanged.
The 2023 BMW X7 will go on sale in North America and Europe near the end of 2022, while a Philippine launch will most likely happen in Q1 of 2023.
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