The luxury three-row SUV has only been on sale since 2018, but BMW is already working on an update.
The BMW X7 has only been on sale since 2018, but competition in the premium SUV market is fierce. To keep the large luxury SUV looking fresh, BMW has already started work on a new update. Spied by our spy photographers parked next to the current model, this mysterious camouflaged prototype offers an early preview of the changes we can expect to see applied to the new BMW X7 facelift.
Judging from the revamped front end, this isn't going to be a minor update. The front fascia shares design cues with the 2020 BMW 7 Series, with lower headlights, an even wider grille, and a new hood.
Camoflague applied to the rear also suggests we can expect the BMW X7 facelift to feature updated taillight graphics and a redesigned rear bumper. Our spies were unable to get a look inside, but we're expecting the cabin to be updated with an upgraded infotainment system and the latest driver-assist safety tech.
We'll have to wait and see if any powertrain updates are planned. The current BMW X7 is offered with a choice of three engine options: a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, and a more potent 4.4-liter twin-turbo producing 456 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque or 523 hp and 553 lb-ft torque in the range-topping M50i.
With launch control, the M50i will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 0-62 mph sprint in just 4.5 seconds. No matter which engine you choose, power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
BMW isn't planning to give the X7 the full-fat M performance treatment, but reports claim the Bavarian automaker is plotting a new flagship X8 M. Alternatively, if you want a more powerful BMW X7, the 612-hp Alpina XB7 recently entered production, but the 2020 model has already sold out.
Since BMW hasn't started prototype testing on public roads yet, we're not expecting the new X7 facelift to debut until sometime next year and possibly go on sale in 2022.