BMW reveals seven-seat X7 SUV

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Words: Nile Bijoux
17 Oct 2018

Four years after the original announcement, the premium three-row X7 is here.

The styling of the large SUV is largely the same as other current-gen Beemer SUVs, with a huge kidney grille dominating the front end and separating the slim line LED headlights. The rear doors are larger than the ones at the fore in order to make ingress and egress to the back rows easier. The X7 measures 5151mm in length, is 2000mm wide and 1805mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3105mm.

Inside will be Vernasca leather trim, four-zone automatic climate control, a three-section panoramic glass roof, and ambient lighting including the Welcome Light Carpet and Dynamic Interior Light. Those looking for a bit extra can spring for the Design Pure Excellence equipment line and M Sport package, while BMW Individual options allow customers to tailor the interior and exterior design to reflect their personal style.

There is a wealth of chassis technology coming as standard, including adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers, and air springs all around. The vehicle’s ground clearance can be varied by up to 80 millimetres to suit the situation at hand by either pressing a button in the cabin or using the BMW Display Key.

An Off-Road package is also available for all model variants aside from the BMW X7 M50d. This package includes an extra button for choosing between four driving modes – xSand, xGravel, xRocks and xSnow. These modes prepare the car for the surface in question by tweaking settings for ride height, the xDrive system, accelerator and transmission responses, and DSC inputs.

The line-up of engines available at launch includes the 4.4-litre biturbo V8 in the X7 xDrive50i good for 340kW/649Nm, a six-cylinder inline petrol unit for the xDrive40i (250kW/447Nm) and a pair of six-cylinder inline diesels to power the xDrive30d (195kW/620Nm) and M50d M Performance (294kW/760Nm). All are connected to an eight-speed automatic with all-wheel-drive.

While we don’t have performance data for the diesel models, they tell us that the 50i will hit 100km/h in about 5.3 seconds, while the 40i takes just shy of six seconds.

Active cruise control and a parking assistant will come standard, while customers can also opt for the Driving Assistant Professional package which adds the steering and lane control assistant, lane change and departure warning, the lane change assistant, the lane keeping assistant with side collision protection, the evasion aid and crossing traffic warning.

Price and local availability will be available closer to the local launch, expected around March 2019.

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