New 2022 BMW X7 facelift spotted: price, specs and release date

July 22, 2021 by

New photos show a modified BMW X7 testing, confirming the range-topping SUV will get a few upgrades ready for 2022. Read on for full details. 

  • Next BMW X7 spied
  • Updates for the largest model in the range
  • Camouflage on front and rear ends
  • Visual tweaks likely
  • Should offer more tech
  • Additional optional extras
  • Expected to cost from around £80,000
  • Could go on sale in 2022

An updated version of the BMW X7 is on the way, and spy photographers have caught it in testing ahead of its official reveal, possibly later in 2021.

The X7 is BMW’s largest SUV, sitting above the X5 in the line-up and providing an alternative to models such as the Mercedes GLS. This new model is set to receive a few visual upgrades along with some new infotainment tech when it goes on sale, possibly in 2022.

New BMW X7 facelift design

This BMW X7 prototype is only wearing a small amount of camouflage, so don’t expect the new model to look radically different from today’s car.

The new X7 will likely get a new headlight design, however, that could look similar to the upcoming 7 Series‘ design. The trend is for BMW grilles to get bigger, but the current X7’s grille is already gargantuan – could it possibly get any larger? Based on these spyshots, it seems not.

Some tweaks to the front bumper seem likely, but you’ll need to wait for a car with much less camouflage to come along to see those.

The camouflage on the rear hints that the taillights will also be changed, although probably not to the same extent as the new headlights.

New BMW X7 facelift interior and infotainment

The new X7 could get the i4 saloon’s infotainment system, shown here…

No images have surfaced of the new X7’s interior, but there’s a strong chance BMW could fit the updated SUV with the same brand-new iDrive 8 infotainment system as the recently revealed iX and i4 electric cars.

These come with a dual-screen system that features a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and a 14.9-inch central touchscreen, melded together into one vast widescreen.

It’s unlikely the X7’s cabin will look dramatically different from the current car, however. It’ll still feel very posh and be spacious enough to carry seven people — with the option of two ‘captain’s chairs’ in the middle row if you’re using this as a car to be chauffeured in.

New BMW X7 facelift engines

The current BMW X7 uses a range of large and powerful engines, including six-cylinder petrol and diesel units plus a range-topping V8 version. Expect these to be carried over to the new model, perhaps with some tweaks to make them more powerful or, more likely, to improve fuel economy.

There’s also the possibility of a plug-in hybrid model using tech from the X5 xDrive45e. If BMW can improve the efficiency to allow a decent electric range on a single charge in the heavier model, the X7 could potentially get this setup as well.

New BMW X7 facelift price and release date

The new BMW X7 is likely to arrive in 2022, which means you could see an official reveal at the end of 2021, or early next year.

The new BMW X7 will likely cost slightly more than the outgoing model across the range. You’ll need to set aside from around £80,000 for an entry-level car, and more than £100,000 for a top-spec model with a V8 engine.

Can’t wait for this new model to go on sale? Compare the latest BMW X7 deals available today or check out the top 10 seven-seat SUVs on sale now. 

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