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Facelifted BMW X7 Revealed

By Aphiwe Nzimande

The facelifted BMW X7 has finally been revealed after countless spy shots have been taken of it doing rounds in either cities or the track, however the biggest talking point about the car's features is no longer its huge kidneys..yes you heard right.

The BMW X7 receives an even bolder even more polarizing front end featuring a split-light design as part of BMW's design strategy as they claim that all German powerhouses aim to make each model in their available lineups more distinct from the other. This means that whether it's an SUV, sedan or a wagon these will be different and distinct but share common design elements.

Now the front of the has been heavily reworked with the front bumper gaining vertical air ducts integrated onto the outer sections for the cooling of brakes and the air ducts themselves gain chrome aluminium elements.

The upper LED of the split-headlights are daytime running lights and will also serve as an indicator while the lower portion will be your low or high beam lights will which of course feature adaptive matrix properties.

That huge kidney grille will feature Iconic glow cascade lighting as if the front of the car was already screaming out "look at me". This feature will be standard on the new range-topping M60i xDrive and specced in other variants.

At the rear, the taillights are revised with a newer sleek look whilst the integrated revised chrome bar still resides between the new taillights.

M Sport styling package affords you a sportier appearance with the help of either 21 22 or even 23-inch alloy wheels which is a first in BMW offerings.

In the cabin there are plentiful changes mainly, the car now features a new curved display that is similar to the one found in the iX. This display combines a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 14.9 inch for the infotainment that features touch control and BMW's eighth-gen operating system.

There are new ventilation units and switch-gear as well as a light band with X7 graphics. There is a new gear selector and iDrive controller within a revised centre console.

Six seater or seven-seater layouts are still available to choose from as well as new upholstery options.

BMW has introduced a new turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol or diesel engine.

Each engine will have a 48V mild-hybrid properties via a crankshaft mounted starter generator integrated into the front section as standard eight-speed automatic transmission helping them with electric boosting for more performance and fully electric mode functionality for improvements in efficiency.

The output of the B58 petrol engine has increased by 37kw and 70nm giving the xDrive40i 280kw and 540nm of torque. Details to successor models of the X7 xDrive30i and X7 xDrive50i as well as prices are yet to be confirmed.

The new BMW X7 will be available in South Africa from the final quarter of 2022.

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