or 2022, BMW has given its largest luxury SUV, the X7, a slew of updates, some of which make their maiden debut on the car. Assuring a global launch by August this year, BMW said, the new X7 would be the central pillar of its ongoing product offensive.
The brand is offering 2 petrol engines – a 3.0-litre unit (380 HP and 520 Nm) and a 4.4-litre V8 motor (530 HP and 750 Nm) in M60i xDrive grade – and a 6-cylinder diesel motor for the xDrive 40d variant.
For the first time, BMW has introduced 23-inch alloy wheels on a production car. Though reserved only for the M60i xDrive grade, the new set of alloys come as part of the updated M Sport package the top variant features.
On the X7, the new split headlight units also debut, with horizontal LED light elements at the top housing the position lights, daytime driving lights, and turn signal indicators.
The LED units for the low-beam and high-beam headlights appear to recede into the background. The new adaptive matrix LED headlights now take up front fog lights’ functionality with their automatic bad weather light.
The car features a new-generation 48 V mild hybrid technology which consists of a crankshaft-mounted starter generator integrated into the transmission contributing additional 12 HP and 200 Nm. An 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission (with shift paddles) transmits power to an all-wheel drive system.
Coming to the design, the glowing BMW Kidney grille is now a standard feature of the range-topping variant while it can also be bought as an option on the other variants. At the rear, the slim light units now have 3D sculpting.
Automated parking and driving systems provide passengers with comfort and safety. Among the new features is the expanded range of functions offered by the front-collision warning system. This reduces the risk of a collision with cyclists, pedestrians, or oncoming vehicles when turning off.
The automatic speed limit assist, route monitoring, and traffic light recognition features will also be included if the active cruise control option is specified. There is also an exit warning function that alerts occupants to the danger of a collision when opening the door.
Reversing Assist Camera and Reversing Assistant are also included in the standard Parking Assistant. With the optional Parking Assistant Professional specification, the Reversing Assistant can now control the car for a distance of up to 200 metres.
With the new BMW X7, the standard BMW Live Cockpit Plus includes the latest edition of BMW iDrive. A 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display comprise the ‘Curved Display’, which is based on BMW Operating System 8.
By incorporating the new display grouping and the constantly expanding skillset of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, the new BMW iDrive has been designed with touch operation and gesture control in mind and dialogue using natural language.