“A big SUV needs a big facelift” is what BMW probably had in mind when it gave the X7 a lifecycle boost for the 2023 model year. The Spartanburg-built full-size SUV is coming at more and more dealerships across the United States, and BMW of West Houston just took delivery of an xDrive40i without too many boxes checked on the options list.
The 2023 X7 xDrive40i starts at $77,850 and this one has less than $6,000 of added extras. It is a base luxury trim rather than the M Sport and is finished in Mineral White Metallic, a no cost paint job. It has the larger 22-inch wheels with a V-spoke design and two-tone finish for an additional $1,300. These alloys are fitted with performance run-flat tires while some of the other wheels are fitted with all-weather rubber.
As for the interior, it’s pretty basic. Well, as basic as that might be for the most luxurious BMW SUV yet. The X7 xDrive40i was ordered with black Sensafin vegan upholstery rather than fancier options such as extended/full Merino leather. It’s a seven-seat configuration, but the Bavarian brand also sells the sophisticated family hauler with optional second-row captain’s chairs for a six-seat layout.
The streamlined dash no longer has separate controls for climate settings as these have been integrated into the enlarged touchscreen. On the passenger side of the dash, there’s an illuminated “X7” graphic, which can be replaced with an “M” if you upgrade to the M Performance model. Slimmer air vents, a smaller gear selector and new driver assistance systems are all part of the changes implemented for the 2023MY.
The X7 remains the most practical BMW ever built and this facelift comes less than four years after the model was launched. Besides the polarizing split headlights, other new features include iDrive 8 and a new engine for the M Performance version. Dropped from the M50i suffix to the M60i suffix, the sporty variant features the company’s S68 mild-hybrid powertrain which we’ll see more of in higher-end models, including the upcoming XM.
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