Facelifted BMW X7 spied testing

Updated BMW X7 SUV flagship set to flaunt new headlight arrangement - but the controversial big grilles remain

BMW is readying a mid-life refresh for the X7. The seven-seat luxury SUV is set to gain a cosmetic nip and tuck for 2021, to keep things fresh against the likes of the Mercedes GLS.

The significant change looks set to come at the front of the car, where much of the camouflage on this prototype is concentrated. It’s clear that the headlamp arrangement has split and has dropped lower down the car’s front end - a feature that we’ve seen previously on the upcoming X8

Expect the lights to be integrated into a design which maintains a similarly imposing grille to the current car, plus a revised bumper arrangement which ditches the tall side vents in favour of a smoother appearance. 

Despite the disguise wrap to the rear of the car, it’s clear to see that the bumper design and bootlid are almost identical to the current car. As before, the X7 will offer a split tailgate design to offer easy access to the boot.

The X7 shares its CLAR underpinnings with many other BMW models, and is most closely related to the X5. Electrification is likely to play an ever-more important role in the engine lineup, so it’s likely that the revised model will feature the 3.0-litre petrol/electric configuration of the X5 xDrive45e. A 24kWh battery allows the X5 to return a real-world electric only range of between 40-45 miles.

The existing X7 engine lineup for UK buyers consists of two mild-hybrid units: one petrol and one diesel. Both are six-cylinder, three litre units delivering roughly 340bhp with an 11bhp electric motor that can reduce load on the engine and deliver a smoother throttle response at low speeds.

When the revised model debuts, it’s likely that there will be an incremental increase in prices across the board. As such, it’s likely that the range will kick off from around £80,000.

Read our first drive of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, which shares technology with the X7, here...

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