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New BMW X7 unveiled – Photos and details

BMW has unveiled its facelifted X7, which is coming to South Africa.

The flagship SUV underwent an exterior redesign showing off a new front fascia, and the range of standard equipment and driver assistance features has been expanded.

Additionally, the manufacturer’s latest 48V mild-hybrid technology is now incorporated into the two engine options on offer.

What’s new

The updated X7 has a reworked front end that draws on signature BMW design cues, such as the twin LED headlights and large kidney grille.

In the top-of-the-line X7 M60i, the grille also features “Iconic Glow” backlighting as standard.

At the back, the taillights are now in a “three-dimensional” pattern and the chrome crossbar is enclosed in a gloss cover.

20-inch light-alloy wheels are fitted across the range, too, whereas the optional M Sport design pack is offered with 21-inch rims. As a factory first, wheels of up to 23 inches in diameter can also be selected, said BMW.

Moving inside, the instrument panel has been redesigned with slimmer air vents and an ambient lighting bar, and the three-row cabin can now be had with two individual rear seats.

Furthermore, the gear lever was given a “cutting-edge design” and each specification gets a curved infotainment display.

Among the updated standard features in the new X7, you’ll find heated front seats, four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a Harman Kardon stereo, a Sport leather steering wheel with paddles, and a wireless charger.

A 12.3-inch infotainment display further brings Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, BMW Maps, BMW Intelligent personal assistant, and BMW ConnectedServices support – while a 14.9-inch driver’s display provides controls over many in-car features.

In the driver assistance department, the new BMW also gets a front-collision warning system, an exit warning function, and a reverse camera with reversing assistant.

Optionally available to buyers of the X7 are a Sky Lounge roof with LED illumination, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system, active seat ventilation and massaging, augmented reality vision on the instrument cluster, the BMW digital key, active cruise control, automatic speed limit assist, route monitoring, traffic light recognition, trailer assist, maneouver assist, and steering wheel, armrest, and second and third-row heating.


The entry-level specifications of the new X7 are equipped with a 3.0-litre, turbo-diesel motor, whereas the top-of-the-line M60i sports a 4.4-litre, V8, twin-turbo petrol.

A 48-volt mild-hybrid system has now been integrated into both units, providing an additional 9kW and 20Nm over the nominal power figures.

The respective maximum outputs for these configurations are as follows:

  • 3.0-litre – 259kW/720Nm
  • 4.4-litre – 390kW/750Nm

All powertrains connect to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with a Sprint function, and drives all four wheels via the xDrive system.

Adaptive two-axle air suspension is included as standard across the X7 line-up, while the range-topper also gets rear-wheel steering and the executive drive system with roll stabilisation.

South African launch

The new BMW X7 will go on sale in South Africa in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The SUV’s market-specific pricing and specifications will be confirmed closer to its launch date, said BMW.


BMW X7 M60i xDrive

BMW X7 xDrive40i



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