BMW just released a video tour of the 3 Series LCI, and now it’s doing the same for the significantly redesigned X7. The three-row SUV is pictured here in the xDrive40i trim with Sparkling Copper Gray exterior paint. We can all agree that the changes made to the luxobarge are among the most comprehensive ever made for a model’s Life Cycle Impulse.
Of course, we’re talking about the completely revised front fascia with polarized headlights, which give the X7 LCI a “high-tech look.” It’s up to each of us to decide, but we can all agree that these changes were unanticipated. At least, such was the case until late last year, when BMW debuted the Concept XMs, indicating a drastic front makeover for its biggest vehicles. While the split lights are present on the 7 Series, X7 facelift, and later production XM, many are pleased that the 8 Series LCI maintains the one-piece clusters.
Surprisingly, the video presenter claims that, although laser headlights are not currently available, a “new upgrade option will be available very soon.” Meanwhile, the X7’s massive grille may now be illuminated, giving the full-size SUV an even more commanding appearance. The optional 23-inch wheels pictured here are the biggest ever installed to a production BMW.
The most noticeable alteration at the rear is the elaborate side design for the LED taillights. In addition, the tailgate chrome strip may be ordered with a smoked glass look. BMW designed a new quad exhaust system for the recently released X7 M60i xDrive, which will also be seen on the next X5 M60i and X6 M60i to replace the existing M50i.
The X7, like the 3 Series LCI, adopts the iDrive 8 infotainment system, which includes a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and a 14.9-inch touchscreen encased inside a single piece of curved glass. BMW has also added ambient lighting to the dashboard, which extends from the center stack to the passenger side and has a huge “X7” logo. Furthermore, the company’s compact rocker switch replaces the previous large gear lever while preserving the alternative crystal appearance in the center console.
The film concludes by showcasing some of the X7’s innovative features, like as the smart voice control system, digital key, and self-parking capabilities. Air suspension on both axles is also standard, and an off-road kit is offered for the xDrive40i and xDrive40d. The M60i has rear-wheel steering and active roll stabilization to enhance the handling of the monster.
What the mid-cycle upgrade lacks is a plug-in hybrid engine, which isn’t unexpected given that the Mercedes GLS lacks a charging outlet as well. Those looking for a car of a comparable size might choose the iX and EQS SUVs.
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