BMW has one of the most impressive SUV lineups in the industry. A recently introduced full-size BMW X7 is another brand’s masterpiece and it has instantly become the hot seller. The model debuted for the 2019 model year and received a new round of upgrades for the 2020 season. To keep the focus on the model, the 2021 BMW X7 comes also with new upgrades and there will also be some revisions in the equipment availability.
The BMW’s big, three-row SUV gains the 48-volt mild-hybrid system integrated with the entry-level xDrivei40 model. The new model year brings also a significant number of standard features. However, BMW discontinues also some options. There won’t be the xDrivei50 trim for the 2021 season. BMW made also some changes in package options. Some features won’t also be offered. BMW discontinued the night vision, off-road package, ambient air and rear-seat entertainment. The next version won’t also offer Black Metallic Ash trim and Fineline Cross Black trim with Aluminum inserts. Black Vernasca Leather with Brown stitching and All Full Merion Leather Upholstery won’t also be found in the equipment list of the next X7.
While some trims and convenience features won’t be available, the new model year brings the high-performance, ultra-posh Alpina XB7 version. The model comes with 612-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine unique exterior and interior and loads of high-end equipment.
2021 BMW X7: Performance
At the performance front, the 2021 BMW X7 returns with the familiar engine options but the xDrivei50 version with the 456-hp turbocharged V-8 won’t be available for the new model year. BMW discontinued also the off-road package.
The entry-level xDrivei40i model continues to rely on the 3.0-liter inline-6 engine but it gains the 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The engine sends 335 hp and torque of 330 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The next-level performance will deliver the M50i model with the mighty 4.4-liter turbocharged V-8 engine under the hood. The engine makes 523 hp and torque of 553 lb-ft.
The new top-performance X7 is the Alpina XB7 model. The XB7 uses a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 good for 612 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The new top performer X7 gets larger twin-scroll turbochargers and a stainless-steel exhaust. The model has also additional water coolers, an enlarged transmission oil cooler and Alpina-branded intercooler. The Alpina XB7 uses a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission with Alpina Switch-Tronic paddle shifters. The model rides on the air suspension with Alpina-branded dampers.
2021 BMW X7: Design
At the design level, the 2021 BMW X7 returns in the same form except for the new XB7 model that gets specific treatment.
The Alpina XB7 has lowered stance and sportier front bumper with larger air intakes. The front splitter has an Alpina script. The model rides on the standard 20-inch wheels with either all-season or performance summer tires. Buyers can opt for more attractive 23-inch wheels with the Alpina 20-spoke design.
The XB7 model gets also attention with the Brembo four-piston brakes treated with Alpina blue and Alpina logo. The new high-spec X7 comes also with the Alpina rear diffuser with two twin tailpipes.
The cabin of the next 2021 BMW X7 remains the same for the new model year when we are peaking about the familiar trims. BMW discontinues some features but there are more standard features. The new XB7 version comes also with the unique in-cab treatment.
The Alpina-branded model gets the steering wheel treated with the Lavalina leather and green/blue stitching. The blue-illuminated Christal shifter knob is also this model specific detail. The model goes also on sale with the illuminated door sills with the Alpina plaques. Buyers can also get the XB7 version with various trim options including Piano lacquer, Myrtle luxury wood and Natural Walnut Anthracite.
Standard equipment on the next BMW X7 includes a 12.3-inch main touchscreen, navigation, Apple Car Play, 10 speakers and wireless charging. The model comes equipped with lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert starring from the base trim.
2021 BMW X7: Release, Price
The 2021 BMW X7 goes on sale this fall. The price increases slightly and the base version will be available from $74, 895. The M50i version will demand $100, 795. Buyers who want the ultra-posh, high-performance Alpina XB7 version should be ready to pay $142, 295.