The custom color will be available for the 2023 X7.
The new BMW X7 isn't coming until later this year, but the automaker is already showing off its latest creation. At a recent tennis tournament in Munich, BMW brought out a 2023 X7 M60i in a unique Frozen Portimao Blue paint color. The new SUV's look may have caused controversy, but there's no denying that this color is an amazing pairing for the vehicle.
The Frozen Portimao Blue looks fantastic on the X7 M60i, and the black exterior accents (of the M Sport package) add to the sleek appearance. BMW redesigned the X7 for 2023 with a new front-end design, updated tech, and a fresh interior. A new front-end design is closely followed by the 7 Series' styling, with headlights mounted lower in a dedicated housing and the running lights placed higher up in a separate unit.
There has been plenty of talk about BMW's enormous grilles and the newest design language. The scrutiny extends to the new 7 Series and X7, but the look works for the SUV. Its boxy, upright shape and imposing size hide some of the awkwardness from the large grille and new lighting designs. The effect is less impactful on the 7 Series cars, where the gaping grille and headlights look more dystopian than luxurious and futuristic.
Inside, the 2023 X7 offers new curved screens, with a 14.9-inch display for infotainment and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. That mass of technology runs on BMW's latest iDrive software, and the whole thing is controlled using a rotary dial, gestures, or the touchscreen. Voice control is also there.
The SUV's powertrains also get a massage for the new model year, as the inline-six receives more power and the M60i twin-turbo V8 adds 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance. The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder now makes 375 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, while the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 delivers 523 hp. The X7 already has the option of M-inspired performance parts, but a new Alpina XB7 variant is coming that will get 630 horsepower for even more speed.
The 2023 X7 is expected to go on sale in late 2022. The SUV will carry a starting price of $78,845 for the base X7 40i, while the top M60i will start at $104,095. We don't know how much the Frozen Portimao Blue paint color will cost for the X7, but it's a $3,600 option for many other cars, such as the new M4. The current X7's custom paint colors cost $1,950, and BMW notes that choosing one of the shades could add as much as 10 weeks to the turnaround time for a new vehicle order. Worth it.