The new X7 is a smashing success for BMW in the United States. Highly criticized at first, the 7-seater SUV is now driving a lot of new customers to the brand. So naturally, BMW aims to keep it refresh every year.

The 2021 BMW X7 ordering guide just became available and it contains a wide range of new features. Let’s start with the 48V mild-hybrid system which will be included in the BMW X7 xDrive40i model.

The mild hybrid technology is particularly useful, as it optimizes the powertrain functioning, provides a power boost when needed and supports the engine workload in various situations.

The 48V mild hybrid drive first became available in the pre-LCI 5 Series model in Fall 2019, specifically in the 520d 4-cylinder diesel unit. Eventually, towards late 2019, the 3 Series and several X models also benefitted from the new technology.

Now, starting with July and August 2020, BMW will extend the 48-volt solution to a further 37 models, bringing the total number of mild hybrid-equipped models within the range to no less than 51 different models.

More Standard Features, New Options

The 2021 BMW X7 will now also include a significant amount of standard features:

  • Remote Engine Start on the BMW X7 xDrive40i
  • Heated Front Seats, Armrests, and Steering Wheel
  • Lifetime Apple CarPlay
  • Lifetime Android Auto
  • Satellite Radio with SiriusXM

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Optional Equipment Changes:

  • M Sport Brakes with Black Calipers (3M3) will now be available as an alternative to the M Sport Brakes with Blue Calipers (2NH).
  • Ventilated Seats (453) were released in MY20 as a single option due to capacity restraints on several upholstery variants. In MY21, this will no longer be offered as a single option.
  • Extended Shadowline (7M9) has been repriced at $300 to align with the cross platform pricing of the option.
  • Glass Controls (4A2) will no longer be available as a single option, but will remain a part of the Executive Package (ZPX).
  • Head-Up Display (610) and Harman Kardon surround sound (688) will no longer be offered as single options, but will remain a part of the Premium and Executive packages.
  • Ambient Air (4NM) will no longer be offered.
  • Offroad Package (ZOR) will no longer be offered.
  • Night Vision (6UK) will no longer be offered.
  • Rear Seat Entertainment (6FH) will no longer be offered.
  • Bowers and Wilkins (6F1) will no longer be offered on the X7 xDrive40i.
  • Leather Dashboard (4M5) will no longer be offered on the X7 xDrive40i.
  • Fineline Cross Black trim with Aluminum inserts (XET) and Black Metallic Ash trim (4KP) will no longer be offered.
  • Vermont Bronze (C1Z) will no longer be offered.
  • All Full Merino Leather Upholsteries (ZBxx) and Black Vernasca Leather with Brown Stitching (MAH9) will no longer be offered.

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To turn the BMW X7 into an even more compelling product, BMW of North America is further enhancing its equipment:

  • SA322 – Comfort Access 2.0 has been enhanced to stop from unlocking and locking as the key holder walks around the rear of the vehicle.
  • SA4A2 – Glass Controls no longer include the radio volume knob in crystal when ordered.
  • SA655 – Satellite Radio has been enhanced with SiriusXM with 360L.
    Package Changes:
  • As 4HB was made standard, Cold Weather Package (ZCW) includes Heated Front and Rear Seats (4HA), and 5-Zone Climate Control (4NN).
  • As 1CR was made standard, Premium Package (ZPP) for the X7 xDrive40i includes Soft-close doors (323), rear window shades (417), Gesture Control (6U8), Head-Up Display (610), and Harman/Kardon (688).

The ordering bank will open up in July 2020.