After making its global debut last October, SMC Asian Car Distributors Corp. has finally launched the first-ever BMW X7 in the Philippines. The German luxury brand now has a 7-seater full-size SUV in its stable, giving BMW a chance to compete in a competitive segment filled with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lexus LX, just to name a few.
As the German 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. Flanking the biggest kidney grilles ever are a pair of LED headlights with Laserlights for its high beam as standard, giving it an illumination range of as much as 600 meters. 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. Meanwhile, the slim LED rear lights provide a clear segmentation of the rear design elements. Bridging the space between the two tail lights is a chrome bar, a design that was formerly exclusive to the BMW 7 Series.
Being the flagship of the SUV range, the X7’s interior is extremely plush and luxurious. The PH-spec X7 has the BMW Individual extended Merino Leather upholstery, which means even the dashboard, door panels, and other plastic bits are wrapped in plush Merino Leather. Another premium piece of art are the CraftedClarity glass elements, which add a jewel-like glass effect to the iDrive controller and electronic gear shifter. In terms of technology, 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.” A three-piece panoramic sunroof, which comes as standard, floods the interior with plenty of light. The glass roof contains numerous tiny LEDs, which can be illuminated at night and features a plethora of color choices. Lastly, the Rear Entertainment System Professional includes two screens for the second row passengers, letting them control various entertainment and vehicle functions, while sounds from the iDrive and rear entertainment system are played through a Harman Kardon sound system.
Under the hood of the sole xDrive30d variant is the tried and tested 3.0-liter inline-6 turbo diesel engine, producing 261 hp and 620 Nm of torque. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels. In this configuration, 0-100 kph is achieved in 7.0 seconds, all the way to a 227 kph top speed.
The BMW X7 also comes with a few advanced driver assist systems, such as its Adaptive Suspension, in which the air springs can raise or lower the X7 by 80 mm, which is especially useful when going off-road. The X7’s ride height can also be remotely controlled using the BMW Display Key. Through the X7’s Active Protection, all open windows, including the glass roof, will be closed automatically when it detects that an accident is imminent. Furthermore, the X7 also includes a Parking Assistant Plus, which on top of the sensors and surround-view cameras, the X7 can also park itself into a parking spot.
The BMW X7 is now on sale in the Philippines with a P9,290,000 starting price, as well as a 5-year/200,000 kilometer warranty.