SUVs and crossovers are all the rage globally, and BMW has noticed this trend. While the 7 Series has always served as BMW’s flagship, that might not be the case entirely anymore with the release of the all-new BMW X7 flagship SUV.
As the brand’s biggest luxury SUV ever, the BMW X7 is all about its size. Measuring 5,163 mm long, 1,999 mm wide, and 1,805 mm tall, while having a 3,103 mm wheelbase, the BMW X7 is one of BMW’s largest models yet. Likewise, the kidney grille is BMW’s largest ever on a production car. Its design won’t be to everyone’s taste. Flanking the biggest kidney grilles ever are a pair of LED headlights, with Laserlights being an optional extra. BMW says that the rear doors are longer than the front doors, emphasizing the spaciousness of the X7’s rear and making ingress and egress easier. Clearly structured surfaces and the eye-catching character line rising up to the rear end are new to the BMW SUV line-up. It’s a design that will influence the brand’s future SUVs. The slim LED rear lights provide a clear segmentation of the rear. Bridging the space between the two units is a chrome bar, which is a design that was formerly exclusive to the BMW 7 Series.
The interior of the BMW X7 is spacious on all three rows. BMW says that the third row seats provide unparalleled comfort even for adults on long journeys. At the second rows, a bench seat the seats three people come as standard, but a captain’s chair arrangement with electronic adjustments are an optional extra. A three-piece panoramic sunroof, which comes as standard, floods the interior with plenty of light. Even the third row passengers benefit from Up front, drivers are greeted by the standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which includes a Control Display and a fully-digital instrument cluster – each with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant also comes as standard, which lets you talk to your own X7 by saying the prompt “Hey, BMW.” This is a customizable feature though, which means you can give the personal assistant any name you like.
Under the hood of the BMW X7 are a plethora of engine choices. At launch, the X7 xDrive40i serves a the base engine. The base 3.0-liter inline-6 petrol engine nets the X7 a power and torque figure of 335 hp and 446 Nm, respectively. 0-100 kph is achieved in 5.8 seconds, and all the way to its 245 kph top speed. At the peak of the petrol engine range is the X7 xDrive50i which has an “extensively updated” twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 456 hp and 648 Nm of torque. 0-100 kph is achieved in 5.2 seconds, all the way to a 250 kph top speed.
Europeans don’t have the X7 xDrive50i though, but what they do have is the X7 M50d, which is the peak of the X7’s diesel range. With a 3.0-liter inline-6 twin-turbo diesel engine producing 394 hp and 760 Nm of torque, 0-100 kph is achieved in 5.4 seconds all the way to a top speed of 250 kph. The X7 xDrive30d serves as the base diesel engine, featuring a 3.0-liter six-cylinder which produces 261 hp and 620 Nm of torque. 0-100 kph is achieved in 7.0 seconds, all the way to a 227 kph top speed.
All models come with BMW’s xDrive AWD system, and is mated solely to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
As expected on a modern car, the BMW X7 comes with a slew of driver assistance tech. As standard, the BMW X7 is equipped with Cruise Control with Braking Function, Active Protection and Active Driving Assistant system with Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Speed Limit Information. Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function now alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. Optionally, the Driver Assistant Professional incluse steering and lane control assistant with Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, as well as the Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection. Parking Assistant comes as standard, which is capable of automatically selecting and manoeuvring into spaces parallel to the road. The system takes care of acceleration, braking, steering, and any gear changes necessary. The rear view camera is designed to afford drivers an excellent all-round view, as are the Top View, Panorama View and 3D View functions included in the optional Parking Assistant Plus.
The BMW X7 will go on sale globally in the spring of 2019.