Updated styling, luxurious interior and high performance Alpina XB7

The 2023 BMW X7 isn’t just the German automaker’s biggest and most expensive SUV; it is also the boldest. With an extensively redesigned front fascia similar to the seventh-generation 7-Series flagship sedan, the new X7 is the most aggressive BMW SUV yet. Despite its high-tech facade, the new X7 is still part of the first-gen variant unveiled in 2019.

If the X7’s new face isn’t compelling enough, its lineup of turbocharged and V8 hybrid six-engines should seal the deal. The BMW X7 remains a great choice for a luxury SUV if you find the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Land Rover Range Rover or Jeep Grand Wagoneer too mainstream for your most discerning tastes.

2023 BMW X7: what’s new?

The facelifted BMW X7 followed the movement of new vehicles with relocated headlights. We’re still acclimating our eyes to BMW’s huge kidney grilles, but the design seems better sorted for a large seven-seater family SUV like the new X7. Additionally, BMW has illuminated the X7’s grilles with “waterfall lighting” effects to add a touch of class or garishness, depending on who you ask. Luckily, you can manually turn off those grille lights via the iDrive menu.

Also new for the 2023 BMW X7 is a host of updated powertrains. The X7 xDrive40i has the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six as the outgoing variant. But instead of pumping out 335 horsepower and 331 lb-ft. of torque, the blown straight-six now produces 375 horsepower and 398 lb-ft. of torque, forty more horsepower and 67 more lb-ft. of torque than before. According to BMW, the X7 xDrive40i goes from zero to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.

Meanwhile, the X7 M60i xDrive features a revised 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 with a new cross-section exhaust manifold, reinforced crankshaft drive, new oil pump, symmetric turbochargers and oil cooler external to improve efficiency alongside the 48V mild-hybrid system. The new V8 still develops the same 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque like the outgoing X7 M50i, and BMW claims zero to 60 mph is a mere 4.5 seconds.

Finally, the 2023 BMW X7 has optional 23-inch light-alloy wheels, the first time BMW has offered alloys larger than 22 inches. The X7 xDrive40i has standard 21-inch wheels, while the M60i has 22-inch M alloy wheels.

Luxurious interior

The 2023 BMW X7 might have the seriousness of a muscle car with its powerful engines, but it’s still a luxury SUV at its core. The driver and front passenger get standard power multi-contour seats with memory functions and lumbar support, upholstered in a durable, vegan Sensafin material that looks like natural cowhide. The premium M60i xDrive features premium Merino leather upholstery in black, white, brown, or two-tone white and gray. Additionally, the reconfigured cabin features a new center console and an ambient light bar in the front passenger area.

BMW’s new curved display debuts with intuitive touch, voice and gesture controls. The system features a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a central 14.9-inch touchscreen under a single glass panel angled towards the driver’s line of sight. The latest iDrive 8 powers the system and offers an augmented view navigation system as an option in the BMW Live Cockpit Professional package. The X7 also offers super-fast 5G connectivity and a digital key to control vehicle functions remotely using a smartphone.

Interior layout of the 2023 BMW X7 xDrive 40i.
Interior design of the 2023 BMW X7 xDrive 40i. Photo:

Standard Security Features

The 2023 BMW X7 is packed with advanced driver aids. The list includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, active cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, route/traffic light, trailer assistant and parking assistant with remote flight recorder.

New Alpina XB7

If you haven’t heard, BMW has acquired the Buchloe-based performance tuner Alpina in March 2022, it is therefore not surprising that BMW presents an Alpina XB7 variant of its redesigned X7. The automaker says a retuned twin-turbo hybrid V8 is offered with up to 630 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. of torque, with a zero-to-60mph time of four seconds and a top speed of 180mph. BMW hasn’t finalized the specs yet, but we’d expect nothing less from a BMW with an Alpina badge.

All variants of the 2023 BMW X7 (including the Alpina XB7) have an updated eight-speed Steptronic Sport gearbox. The transmission now has a Sprint function that allows it to quickly select the lowest usable gear after pulling the left shift paddle for one second.

BMW Warranty

The 2023 BMW X7 has a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a four-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty, and three years or 36,000 miles of free maintenance. It makes sense to consider an extended warranty if you drive more miles than average. This comprehensive guide will help you determine if a BMW Extended Warranty is right for you.

2023 BMW X7: Pricing and Availability

The 2023 BMW X7 has base prices of $78,845 for the xDrive40i and $104,095 for the M60i xDrive, with first deliveries arriving in summer 2022. Prices include a $995 destination charge. BMW has yet to release the MSRP for the top-of-the-line Alpina XB7, but we estimate base prices will remain around $145,000 when it arrives in early to mid-2023.

With new vehicles like the 2023 BMW X7, it’s easy for the starting MSRP to quickly increase as you add options and packages. Our free and easy research tools* Identify dealers in your area that offer the best prices, regardless of trim level. These search tools will also help you get the invoice price, a great starting point for negotiating the lowest price.

Alvin Reyes is a columnist on Automoblog and an expert in sports and performance cars. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics and accounting in his youth and is still very fond of his old Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also likes fried chicken, music and herbal medicine.

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