2022 BMW X7 (facelift) likely to come with a plug-in hybrid option [Update]

BMW’s largest SUV turns three years old this October, and BMW is preparing the LCI or facelift in common language. Besides the optical changes, the 2022 BMW X7 could come with a greater level of eco-friendliness with plug-in hybrid technology, in line with the company’s new intensified electrification strategy for achieving the goal of a carbon-neutral product line-up.

Plug-in hybrid variant

Since summer last year, the BMW X7 is available with 48-volt mild-hybrid tech in the xDrive40i gasoline and xDrive40d diesel variants. European media expects it to step up and gain a new variant with plug-in hybrid tech from the X5 xDrive45e. The X7 PHEV could be a SULEV (super ultra-low emissions vehicle) rated model with the same 389 hp system that comprises a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six gasoline engine and an electric motor. The engine and motor would deliver power to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission.

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BMW Group Investor presentation from November 2020 confirms 5 new PHEVs arriving by 2023, one of which is likely the X7 variant. Image: BMW Group

In the X5 xDrive45e, the plug-in hybrid powertrain develops 389 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. A 20.9 kWh (net)/24.0 kWh (gross) lithium-ion battery pack is located under the floor of the SUV powers the motor, and it provides a pure electric range of 30 miles (EPA). With a Level 2 charger, it takes 4-5.3 hours to juice up the battery pack.

Exterior

TopElectricSUV.com reader Timo de Haan (Instagram: carspots.vw) has shared spy shots of the 2022 BMW X7, revealing some significant design changes. Expect massive design changes at the front, inspired by the upcoming BMW XM (project Rockstar). The new face could look bulkier due to the taller headlamp structure resulting from a new two-part or split design. In addition to the split headlamps, the alterations at the front may include tweaked nostrils and reshaped lower intakes. The featured image, a rendering by Shkelqim Ameti (Instagram: germanysfinest43), previews these changes in the final form.

For a new look on the sides, expect the 2022 X7’s equipment list to include new alloy wheel designs in 20-, 21-, and 22-inch sizes. The spy shot above doesn’t reveal any changes at the rear but expect the final design to include minor tweaks to the tail lamps and bumper.

Interior

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The 2022 BMW X7 will likely borrow the BMW iX’s one-piece layout for its cockpit screens with the mid-cycle update. Image Source: BMW Group

The interior design and layout would also see one significant change in the X7 with the mid-life update. Spy pictures reveal that BMW designers have worked on a new cockpit design.

Two rectangular screens – a fully digital instrument cluster and a control display – would sit side-by-side on a single panel as if they were one ultra-wide screen. They should measure at least 12.3 inches diagonally, and the central screen could be even bigger – 14.9 inches. The new look for the cockpit would come from the BMW iX, and there’s a strong chance that the new instrument cluster and control display would run on the new BMW Operating System 8 that has completely new graphics and provides a whole new experience.

Release Date

The 2022 BMW X7 could debut later this year, possibly at the 2021 LA Auto Show (November 17-28, 2021). Expect it to go on sale in the spring of 2022. The X7 PHEV could retail at around USD 80,000. It will compete with the Range Rover P400e that costs USD 97,000 onwards.

2022 BMW X7 FAQs

What is the 2022 BMW X7 release date?

BMW may unveil the restyled X7 at the 2021 LA Auto Show and put it on sale in spring next year.

What will be the BMW X7 PHEV price?

The BMW X7 PHEV could cost around USD 80,000.

Which models will the BMW X7 PHEV compete with?

The BMW X7 PHEV will primarily rival the Range Rover P400e.

Featured Image Source: Instagram/germanysfinest43