- The 2021 BMW X7 will feature 48-volt mild hybrid tech for the first time.
- The xDrive40i’s turbo six will benefit from a temporary electric boost of 10 hp.
- Other changes for the U.S. model include more standard features.
The German brand’s biggest utility vehicle is off to a good start in the United States, and now, the 2021 BMW X7 will receive a 48-volt mild hybrid system in order to battle the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Range Rover and the Cadillac Escalade with a greener approach.
The xDrive40i variant, which is powered by a turbocharged, 3.0-litre inline-six, adds the high-voltage electrical system that provides a small, temporary power boost. In addition to the 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque normally produced by the engine, the electric motor can add another 10 hp (11 PS) during acceleration.
The X7’s turbocharged six is mixed with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive, while the 48-volt starter/generator system gives the engine improved efficiency as well. The Brake Energy Regeneration converts kinetic energy into electricity when the car decelerates, which is then used in the 12-volt system to power the lights, steering, ventilation and audio system, among other things—reducing the power load on the combustion engine.
The 48V mild hybrid powertrain has also been added to the 2021 BMW 5 Series, and will make soon its way into many other BMW models as well.
According to BMWBLOG, who got its hands on the U.S. 2021 model-year order guide, the 2021 BMW X7 will also benefit from more standard features, such as remote engine start, heated front and rear seats, heated armrests and steering wheel, five-zone climate control, SiriusXM with 360L as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration—without a “renewal fee.”
Some standalone options will be bundled into packages, such as Glass Controls, ventilated front seats, head-up display and Harman/Kardon surround sound system. Meanwhile, and this curious as German brands don’t usually delete features from the equipment list, all the following will be removed from the 2021MY vehicle: Ambient Air, Offroad Package, night vision and rear-seat entertainment system. Other changes include trim and paint colour modifications, while the xDrive40i will no longer be available with the Bowers & Wilkins sound system and the leather dashboard trim.
No word yet on pricing, but the 2021 BMW X7 will be available for order in July 2020.