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2023 BMW X7 gets new styling, more standard power

2023 BMW X7 gets new styling, more standard power

NEW YORK – BMW’s flagship three-row SUV is undergoing a significant update for the New Year. The BMW X7 2023 has a new design inside and out, and also features revised engines. Most notably the most powerful base six-cylinder engine.

The front of the X7 has the most obvious and potentially controversial changes. The headlights are divided into daytime running lights and low beam headlights. It is the first BMW model to use such a setup. The headlights reflect last year’s style, and feature a brighter trim. The headlights have dark bezels, and look like air intakes. This look is supported by how they integrate into the bumper’s air curtain scoops. The front grille has been slightly redesigned, and it’s now available with grille lighting. The rest of the SUV is more or less the same, except for the taillights with a sculpted design. They also have geometric patterns in the corners of the illuminated areas. BMW now also offers massive 23-inch wheels for extra flash.

Inside, the X7 is meticulously updated. Driving the changes is the curved screen, which includes the devices’ infotainment screens. It’s clearly based on the iX display, and stands proudly on the dashboard, unlike the more traditional old-style display tucked away under a plastic cover. The screen size of the device is 12.3 inches while the infotainment screen comes in a size of 14.9 inches. There are other detailed changes in the design of the air vents, instrument panels and center console. The latter now lacks a large shift knob, opting instead for a small shift paddle.

2023 BMW X7 xDrive40i

The X7 powers three different engines, each corresponding to a different variant. The base xDrive40i sees the biggest change. It now has a 6-liter Miller-cycle turbocharger inline with a 48-volt mild-hybrid assist system. It generates 375 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, and puts out 40 horsepower and 52 pound-feet. The hybrid assist can also briefly increase torque to 398 lb-ft. The xDrive40i gets to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

The M60i sees the least amount of changes. It picks up a 48-volt hybrid assist, but the output of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 is unchanged at 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Booting from 0 to 60 takes 4.5 seconds. If that wasn’t fast enough, the Alpina XB7 is back, and its mild-hybrid twin-turbo V8 version now produces 630 hp and 590 lb-ft, which is 18 more horses than before. It will hit 60 mph in 4 seconds, and has a top speed of 180 mph.

All of these X7 models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and they have a new feature called “Sprint.” If the driver holds the left shift pedal for more than 1 second, the transmission will automatically select the lowest available gear. It also jumps to the sportiest of all-wheel drive settings, all of which ensure maximum acceleration on demand.

2023 BMW X7 M60i2023 BMW X7 M60i

Along with powertrain upgrades, the X7’s air suspension and steering have been recalibrated. Like before, the M60i, as the sporty variant, features stiffer mounts, springs and shocks. The M60i also gets four-wheel steering and continuously adaptive suspension, which are optionally available on the xDrive40i.

Finally, there are some technology and feature upgrades for the X7. All models now come standard with pedestrian and cyclist detection for automatic emergency braking and Forward Collision Prevention. All also have electrically heated memory seats as standard. Among the available features there is an updated professional parking assistant. This function, which allows the driver to record a parking maneuver to be performed automatically at a later time, now has steering assistance to support a trailer. The X7 also has available driver profiles and a digital key function to unlock the car with your phone. The navigation also gets an augmented reality view that can display streets and turns superimposed on a video feed.

The X7 xDrive40i starts at $78,845, and the M60i starts at $104,095, each about $4,000 more than previous models. Pricing for the Alpina XB7 has yet to be announced. The xDrive40i and M60i will go on sale in the third quarter of this year, and the Alpina will launch early next year.

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