This year, we have finally seen a full-size BMW crossover. After years of waiting, the Bavarian carmaker has finally introduced a direct rival to the Mercedes-Benz GLS. It is a completely new model, the biggest vehicle BMW has ever made. Considering that it came just recently, we don’t expect to see any particular changes in terms of design and features, at least when it comes to standard models. On the other side, we will see novelties in terms of a new version. This primarily refers to the M-badged version, as the full-size SUV is expected to get a treatment from the famous performance division for the next year. According to the latest reports, the new 2020 BMW X7 M50i will hit the market quite soon and it will bring a lot of upgrades, starting from a new engine, new styling details, interior upgrades, new suspension and many more.
2020 BMW X7 M50i
We will start this article with the most interesting novelty for the next year, and that would be this hi-performance version. Of course, there are numerous upgrades over standard versions. The first thing that comes to mind is the engine. The 2020 BMW X7 M50i will feature a familiar 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. More precisely, it will feature its revised, N63 version, which has been in use for the M850i for some time. That would mean a max output of around 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. with such amount of power, this crossover should be able to get to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, while the top speed should be limited to 155 mph.
Other than a new engine, this version will also come with typical M upgrades, such as new suspension setup for better handling and other chassis upgrades. Of course, we count on a fine number of visual novelties, particularly in terms of new bodywork, new wheels etc. Finally, the interior should come with a number of interesting novelties, including more standard equipment.
2020 BMW X7 Redesign and Features
While the new M-badged version is about to bring a lot of novelties, standard 2020 BMW X7 models are about to carry on in the same way. Therefore, you can count on the same design, which is based on the company’s new CLAR platform. Of course, the styling is based on the company’s well-known design language, though there are several details that serve to accentuate its flagship character. At the first place, this refers to a prominent kindle grille, which is bigger than ever.
On the inside, you can count on a lot of luxury and space. There is a typical BMW dashboard layout, which isn’t the most opulent in the class, but still looks quite okay. When it comes to the interior space, all three rows offer plenty of comforts, as well as a lot of additional features, such as power adjustability, heating, cooling, various upholstery options etc. When it comes to the cargo space, once you fold down the third row, you can count on 48.6 cubic feet, which are pretty average numbers for the class. The overall cargo capacity goes around 90 cubic feet.
When it comes to tech features, the 2020 BMW X7 could get a couple of novelties, but things will largely remain the same. Therefore, all models will come standard with goodies like 12.3-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, four-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging etc. In higher trim levels you can also get features like five-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic LED roof, heated and cooled cupholders, remote start, a 12- or 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system etc.
Other than a new M50i, the 2020 BMW X7 powertrain lineup should remain the same. That would mean two engine options for the U.S. markets. Base models will continue with a familiar 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, which delivers around 335 horsepower. Such an amount of power is more than enough for a convenient ride. Still, if you want something peppier, there is a 4.4-liter twin-turbo in the offer as well. This engine delivers around 456 horsepower. Besides much better performances, these versions are also significantly more expensive.
Both engines come paired with a smooth and fast-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. Also, the fuel economy is very good. Base models return around 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which are some of the best ratings in the class.
2020 BMW X7 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2020 BMW X7 sometime late in the year, though the new M50i could hit the market a little bit earlier. When it comes to the price, base models will go around 73.000 dollars. On the other side, the new M-badged version will feature starting price of 100.600 dollars.