The X7’s V8-powered model’s name has been changed from the 2023 BMW X7 M50i to M60i. Read more about what is offered by this mid-range trim below.
The BMW X7 is a full-size upscale SUV that is rich in features with a quality appeal. The 3-row vehicle is placed as #1 in the category of high-end large SUVs according to Consumer Report. This year, the supposedly 2023 BMW X7 M50i is dropped and replaced by an M60i that doesn’t differ much from the previous trim variant across various aspects. See if the M60i is going to be as great as the M50i in terms of power, design, and tech features.
Renamed Trim and Slightly Upgraded Powertrain
Last year, the BMW X7 arrived with three available trim levels: the base xDrive40i, M50i, and Alpina XB7 which provide 335 HP, 523 HP, and 612 HP respectively. However, this year, the 2023 BMW X7 M50i won’t come and instead is replaced by the M60i trim.
Albeit carrying a new name, the M60i retains the same engine as the previous M50i: a 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The outputs are also similar at 523 HP and 553 pound-feet of torque.
The rumors of a new possible V8 engine have been floating for a while. However, it is only now that it comes true by carrying a codename of S68, the one that powers the new X7 M60i. The 2022 M50i is supported by the N63 V8 engine that has been produced since 2008, as the first turbocharged V8 powertrain by the German luxury automaker. On the other, the new S68 in M60i is the newest engine produced by the M Division which will be used in a few upcoming vehicles under M Performance too.
The mid-range trim of X7 is available in all-wheel drive as standard, like the rest of the lineup. It is also equipped with a new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Exterior and Interior Upgrades
The 2023 BMW X7 M50i which has been renamed M60i receives a lot of upgrades in the area of exterior design. The LED Daytime Running Light is placed in the upper area close to the hood line, while the genuine headlights locate near the bottom bumper. This adjustment is claimed by the manufacturer to enhance the upright stance of the X7. Furthermore, the 2023 X7 model gains Rolls Royce-like grille with a Cascade Lighting feature.
The X7 M60i boasts sportier looks by acquiring a polished black treatment for its lower vents and kidney-shaped grille. To emphasize a more aggressive appearance, the headlights are given a darkened shine. Also, the M logo is sported on the left side of the grille. For the upcoming model year, the customers of BMW X7 can opt for an upgrade of the BMW M’s 50th-anniversary emblem.
The M60i trim, as do the rest of the 2023 X7 lineup, offers extra 14 paint color options. There are several new individual finishing options such as Frozen Pure Grey, Tanzanite Blue II, Dravit Grey, and Ametrine.
Some standard interior features are including multi-contour and heated front-row seats which previously were the only options. Ventilation and massage functions remain as extras. The 2023 BMW X7 M50i which is now dubbed the M60i receives trim-exclusive upholstery of extended Merone leather that comes as optional on the entry-level X7 variant.
The launch of the upcoming X7 also marks the first time BMW offers an option of 23” wheels. Unfortunately, this option is exclusively available for the top-end trim level Alpina XB7. Meanwhile, if you choose the new M60i variant, you will be able to opt for 22” wheels.
Moving on to the interior department, it delivers two stunning curved displays: a 14.9” infotainment touchscreen display and a 12.3” digital gauge cluster. The entire 2023 model year of the X7 lineup is going to be equipped with the newest BMW’s iDrive 8 infotainment system which marks the first time this UI is provided for gas-powered BMW automobiles. Compared to the current iDrive 7, the newer interface is sleeker, provides a more user-friendly home screen, and offers more features while also preserving functions of the previous ones like gesture control or voice command.
Price Detail and Release Date
The mid-range trim level 2023 BMW X7 M50i that’s called M60i now is available for $104,095. It is expected to arrive in the 3rd quarter of the 2022 calendar year along with the base X7 xDrive40i trim, while the highest-specs Alpina XB7 follows in the early 2023 calendar year.