BMW’s long-awaited X7 breaks cover

October 17, 2018

It’s been four years in the making. Yet after a lengthy wait, BMW’s very first seven-seat full-size Sport Utility Vehicle, the X7, has finally arrived.

Looking like a typical BMW Sport Activity Vehicle (as the brand likes to call them), the X7 flaunts a large version of the company’s trademark kidney grille up front. This is flanked by slim headlights that give the fascia a distinct yet still familiar appearance. Moving on, keen observers will notice the larger rear doors (vis-à-vis the fronts) that aid in ingress and egress for back seat passengers. Things are finished off by an electrically-operated two-piece tailgate.

As mentioned earlier, this is a full seven-seat SAV. The three rows of seats are  covered in the some of the best materials, complemented by a host of toys for driver and passengers. Front seat occupants get a 12.3-inch instrument cluster for the driver and another 12.3-inch touchscreen for the centrally-located infotainment system. Buyers can choose from the standard seven-seat configuration or an optional 6-seat setup, with captain’s chairs for the second row.  As for utility, cargo volume is pegged at 1,376L with all seats up, and 2,560L by folding the second and third rows.

Either way, they get stuff like a standard four-zone climate control, a plethora of electronic doodads, and the like. There is even a five-zone climate system to keep everyone comfy while on the move. And of course, mobile connectivity is standard.

Depending on the market, the BMW X7 will be offered with a choice of gas or diesel motors. The petrol versions start with the X7 xDrive 40i with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-6 with 335hp and 447Nm of torque. This is good for a 0-100kph sprint of just 5.8 seconds. Then there is the xDrive 50i with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 456hp and 649Nm, capable of a 5.2-second 0-100kph run.

The oil burners, on the other hand, come in either the xDrive 30d or xDrive M50d. The former packs a 3.0-liter inline-6 with 261hp and 620Nm of torque, while the latter boasts of Munich’s quad-turbo 3.0-liter straight-6 with 395 horses and an earth-pulling 760Nm. All engines are paired with an 8-speed auto, as well as all-wheel drive. Higher-spec models even come with a rear differential and off-road mode.

This being a family-oriented BMW, the X7 gets a slew of safety toys such as blind spot detection, pedestrian detection, traffic jam assist, lane keep assist, speed limit detection, and much more. It’s all in line with keeping everyone safe on whatever road they’re travelling on.

Expect to see the BMW X7 in dealers by the first quarter of next year.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.