For its fifth year on sale, BMW’s flagship three-row SUV gets a new design, a huge curved screen, and revised powertrains with more power and hybrid assist.
BMW is no stranger to bold designs, and it’s not holding back with the three-row X7 that’s refreshed for 2023. The updates include an interesting-looking new front end, along with new interior tech and improvements for the inline-six and V-8 engine options. We didn’t have many complaints with BMW’s flagship SUV after we spent 40,000 miles with a 2020 X7 M50i model and these updates look to further improve its positioning within the large luxury SUV segment. We’ll leave it to you to decide what you think about the new look.
The X7’s new face previews what will also be seen on the upcoming 2023 7-series and electric i7 flagship sedans that will be revealed soon. BMW sliced off the bottom half of the X7’s headlights, and the big kidney grille is illuminated on the high-performance M60i model. The light-up grille is optional on the standard xDrive40i. The rear end looks mostly the same at first glance, but the taillights now have triangular 3D elements.
Tons of new color choices are available, too, including 40 BMW individual options that include nonmetallic and matte finishes. An available M Sport package adds gloss-black trim, 21-inch wheels, and trapezoidal exhaust tips. The M60i model makes its presence known with an M logo on the grille (new for the M-badged model), a body kit, and 22-inch wheels. New for 2023 is the option of a set of 23-inchers equipped with summer tires.
The standard xDrive40i model is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that provides 375 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, increases of 40 horsepower and 67 pound-feet. The M60i model unlocks a 523-hp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that now has 48-volt hybrid assistance among other engine revisions. That model also gets standard air springs and the rear-axle steering that we appreciated on our long-term test car. Both engines’ pair with an eight-speed automatic that now has a Sprint function that shifts the transmission into the lowest available gear and puts all the drive modes in the sportiest settings when the left paddle shifter is held for one second. BMW says the upcoming Alpina XB7 will have 630 horsepower, an increase of 18 ponies, and claims it will reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds (we clocked 3.7 seconds in our previous test).
A new curved display is the centerpiece of the X7’s updated interior. A 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel and 14.9-inch display for the infotainment are covered by a single piece of glass. It runs the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system and continues to be controlled by an iDrive dial controller next to the gear selector, which is now a small lever instead of the previous crystal shift knob. A new piece of ambient lighting spans the redesigned dashboard.