The flagship of BMW’s SUV range has been detailed for Australia, with plenty of new tech and two new mild-hybrid engines.
- 2023 BMW X7 pricing and specifications
- BMW’s bold new split headlight look debuts
- New mild-hybrid engines for power and efficiency
- Prices are up, starting at $166,900 plus on-road costs
Local details of the 2023 BMW X7 have been revealed, with increased prices accompanying a significant facelift for the large SUV.
The updated X7 is the first BMW to arrive in Australia with the company’s new split headlight design language, with daytime-running lights above and main LED beams below, along with lighting for the vehicle’s signature ‘kidney’ grilles for the flagship variant.
It’s not just styling changes – the updated X7 is the first BMW in Australia to be offered with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which provides assistance during acceleration while also reducing emissions and improving fuel economy.
As with the previous version, two variants of the model are on offer: the X7 xDrive40d, and the flagship X7 M60i.
The X7 xDrive40d is powered by a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel six-cylinder mild-hybrid engine producing 259kW and 720Nm – an increase over the outgoing xDrive30d of 64kW and 100Nm, which helps to propel the car to 100km/h from a standstill in a touch under six seconds.
Sitting above it is the X7 M60i, which uses a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 mild-hybrid petrol engine, putting out 390kW and 750Nm – matching the performance of the previous X7 M50i, but actually using a newer ‘S68’ V8 developed by BMW M, delivering a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds.
Combined fuel consumption is claimed at 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres for the xDrive40d, and 12.2L/100km for the M60i.
Both engines are coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters, powering all four wheels, and the addition of an M Sport differential for the M60i.
Pricing has gone up across the two-variant range, with the BMW X7 xDrive40d now starting at $166,900 before on-road costs, while the BMW X7 M60i costs $197,900 before on-road costs.
The cost of entry into an X7 now $26,000 more than the previous xDrive30d, or $8000 more than last year’s M50i.
BMW has been continually increasing prices of the X7 since the model first arrived in Australia in December 2018.
The range-topping M60i now costs $28,000 more than the equivalent M50d from 2018, with the cheapest X7 now coming in at $47,000 more than the xDrive30d of three and a half years ago – the latter representing an increase of 39 per cent.
However, many more features have been packed into the X7 since it was first released, with this latest update including a newly-designed instrument panel, BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery, five-zone automatic climate control, BMW Drive Recorder, Comfort Seats, a Harman Kardon 16-speaker surround sound audio system, and 22-inch alloy wheels all standard-fit equipment.
The dashboard incorporates BMW Curved Display, which incorporates a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen within a seamless panel.
Also new for the 2023 model year is a $1500 six-seat package, with the interior now available in a 2+2+2 configuration, with the second row featuring captain’s chairs.
Inside, the cabin is available in four colour combinations as standard, with an additional three colours optionally available.
Buyers can choose from 13 exterior colours and three different alloy wheel designs from 22 to 23 inches in size.
The 2023 BMW X7 is available to order now, and comes with a three-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty.
2023 BMW X7 Australian pricing
- X7 xDrive40d – $166,900
- X7 M60i – $197,900
Note: Prices above exclude on-road costs.
2023 BMW X7 xDrive40d standard features:
- Air suspension
- M Sport package
- Merino leather upholstery
- Alcantara headlining
- Five-zone automatic climate control
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Dash cam
- Comfort seats
- Harman/Kardon 16-speaker surround sound system
- Soft-close doors
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
- Alarm System
- Metallic paint
- 22-inch alloy wheels
2023 BMW X7 M60i adds (over xDrive40d):
- Heated and ventilated front seats with massage
- Heated front-row door and centre console armrests
- Heated and cooled front cupholders
- Heated second-row seats (outer) and third-row seats
- Steering wheel heating
- Illuminated front grille
- M Sport Pro package
- M Sport exhaust system
- M Sport differential
- Executive Drive Pro
- Rear-wheel steering
- Leather-trimmed dashboard
The Connoisseur Suite, for $10,000 on the xDrive40d or $5000 on M60i, adds:
- Glass interior accessories
- Panorama glass roof with ambient lighting
- Privacy tint
- Gesture control
- Air fragrance system
- Illuminated front grille (xDrive40d only)
- Heated and ventilated front seats with massage (xDrive40d only)
- Heated front-row door and centre console armrests (xDrive40d only)
- Heated and cooled front cupholders (xDrive40d only)
- Heated second-row seats (outer) and third-row seats (xDrive40d only)
- Steering wheel heating (xDrive40d only)
- Remote engine start (M60i only)
M Sport Pro package, for $4000 on the xDrive40d (or $3200 when added with the Connoisseur Suite), adds:
- High-gloss black front grille
- Illuminated front grille
- M exhaust system
- M Sport brakes in black
- M seat belts
The $2500 trailer tow hitch option adds:
- Tow ball for braked towing up to $3500kg (280kg ball weight limit)
M Multifunction front seats, for $3000 on the xDrive40d ($1500 with Connoisseur Suite), adds:
- Electric memory front seats with lumbar support and Integrated headrest with M logo
The $1500 six seat configuration adds:
- Interior 2+2+2 seating with second-row captain’s chairs
The $8500 Bowers and wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System adds:
- 20-speaker audio system finished in stainless steel
- 10-channel 1508-watt amplifier
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