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

The X7, BMW’s largest SUV turned three years old in October 2021, 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 expected

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.

According to a report from Autocar, BMW had said that an X7 hybrid would have to offer an EV mode range of at least 80 km (50 miles), which would necessitate a higher capacity battery to make up for the added weight over the X5. The company would ensure that the X7 PHEV is eligible for the subsidy the Chinese government offers on new energy vehicles that deliver a pure electric range of 80 km (50 miles) or more. However, expect the EPA-est. range to be lower than the Chinese range figure.

Exterior

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

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 doesn’t reveal any changes at the rear but we expect the final design to include modifications to the tail lamps and bumper. Other spy pictures have indicated that the tail lamps will not repeat the current model’s L-shape light guide, drawn from the second-gen 7 Series’ tail lamps. The new model’s tail lamps will carry a C-shape signature instead, laying more emphasis on the full-size SUV’s wide stance.

The featured image, a rendering by digital artist SRK, previews some of the changes we’ve talked about above in the final form. The rendering is specifically of a BMW X7 M, hence the black grilles, black side mirrors, black window surrounds, black trim strips, darkened headlamps, and other extra aggressive styling tweaks. In reality, though, an X7 M is highly unlikely to enter production.

Interior

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

The interior design and layout would also see at least 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 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 should go on sale in the spring of 2022. When it comes available, the X7 PHEV could retail at around USD 80,000, competing with the Range Rover P440e or Range Rover P510e. The X7 PHEV could bring positive changes to the volume and bottomline of the BMW Group’s electrified vehicle sales in the U.S. and China. Globally, the company’s xEV sales have grown remarkably, from 32,732 units in FY2014 to 192,646 units by FY2020. As of FY2021, cumulative xEV sales stand at 231,575 units.

2022 BMW X7 FAQs

What is the 2022 BMW X7 release date?

BMW should launch the restyled X7 in Spring 2022, with a fresh new look and revamped dashboard.

What will be the BMW X7 PHEV price?

The BMW X7 PHEV could cost around USD 80,000 when it comes available.

Which models will the BMW X7 PHEV compete with?

The BMW X7 PHEV will primarily rival the Range Rover P440e or Range Rover P510e.

Featured Image Source: Twitter/SRK Designs