BMW X7 revealed: seven-seat SUV takes on Range Rover

Donna Miller
October 21, 2018

It's surprising why some consumers gave the concept a chilly reception when BMW revealed the X7 iPerformance concept as a redesigned X5 a year ago.

Inside, the X7 is pure BMW, with a driver-focused cockpit featuring cutting-edge technology as standard.

The biggest SUV of the brand measures at 5151 millimetres in length, 2000 millimetres wide and 1805 millimetres tall, and with a wheelbase of 3105 millimetres. The car's defining features when viewed from the side are its large windows, high ground clearance and long roofline.

The standard LED headlamps can further be switched over to the optional laser-tech headlamps, which is part of an additional kit offering from BMW. The massive grille makes use of active air flaps to increase efficiency.

It will come come standard with seating for seven people, though you can opt for captain's chairs in the second row if you only need space for six. "If you wanted to get a picture of where it sits, BMW says the X5 is The Boss and the X7 is The President", Fletcher says. The third row of seats claims to offer uncompromised comfort in terms of both space and features. Round back, you'll find a two-section split tailgate.

The cabin of the X7 has the same design theme as the latest X5, with a multi-layered dashboard that houses a digital instrument panel and a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment screen.

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A generous sprinkling of chrome elements adds to the luxurious elegance of the BMW X7. Audio can be produced through a comprehensive Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system as an option. It has a 21-inch allow wheels and a roof that's nearly flat.

On the one hand, the incomprehensible, because both the seats and the motors are finished in the kit and the X7 is still a half-class upgrade might. The X7 has a three-row configuration with the second row also available as two caption seats for more comfort and luxury. A specific M Sport leather upholstery is also available with contrast stitching and M Sport specific steering wheel, floor mats, pedals and door sill finishers.

BMW will launch four grades of X7 - 40i, 50i, 30d and M50d.

In a time of record fuel prices and anti-diesel sentiment, it appears odd that BMW has announced X7 without any hybridisation or battery-powered options. According to the German carmaker, "the BMW X7 is the first auto to fuse the presence, exclusivity and spaciousness of a luxury model with the agile and versatile driving properties expected of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV)".

All models get an eight speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive. The Off-Road package also calibrates throttle, brake, stability control and torque split together with the height of the air suspension to traverse all types of terrain conditions easily.

Production of all X7s will take place at BMW's Spartanburg plant in the United States. It is expected that customers will get their hands on it by March 2019 with the price and market availability yet to be announced.

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