New BMW X7 revealed! Meet the brand's fresh flagship SUV…

Doris Richards
Октября 21, 2018

The feature that jumps out at you is the enormous kidney grille, which is the largest example of BMW's signature design piece to date.

The prominent front end, with its exceptionally large BMW kidney grille, gives the auto an undeniable sense of presence. LED headlights are standard while its Laserlight technology is optional. These new laser-tech headlamps claim to offer double the throw compared to the standard LED lights.

Other notable exterior features include a split tailgate that is powered and wheel sizes ranging from 20 inches to 22 inches. Boot capacity can be expanded from 326 litres to a maximum 2,120 litres. The keenly anticipated X7 is BMW's largest ever SUV and to give some impression of its scale, this German seven-seater is larger than a Range Rover.

The regular version has seven seats, although there's an optional two-seat layout in the middle for those needing more comfort. BMW state that the even the third row will come with cup holders, central armrest and electronically adjustable seating. Standard are quality leather, three-section panoramic glass roof, four-zone automatic climate control, heated seats all round, an array of ambient and "welcome" lighting systems and a fully digital dash with huge screens and the new "Hey BMW" virtual assistant. In principle, both drivetrains would be ideal for an X8-sized SUV, but so far, there is no indication that BMW is planning one. The single-turbo 3.0-litre six-banger makes 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, while the twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 makes 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque-that's a big amount, but it's needed for an SUV of this size. The inline-six produces 335bhp while the larger V8 churns out 456bhp.

At the most accessible end of the range is the xDrive40i, which has a 3.0-litre turbo six-cylinder petrol producing 250kW and 450Nm to complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.1 seconds, with an 8.7-9.0L/100km.

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Two design packages are available for the BMW X7. All engines use the 8-speed automatic transmission and get all-wheel drive as standard. However, the BMW X7 is able to send 100 per cent of its power to the rear wheels if required.

The X7's ride height can be raised by up to 40mm for off-road driving, and the M50d can also be lowered 20mm to improve handling. A head-up display also comes as part of the package.

Inside the X7, you start to see where the money went. Like the X3 and X5, the X7 is being produced at BMW's Spartanburg facility in the US. Market launch is scheduled for March 2019. If launched in India, the auto will definitely be priced above the Rs 1 crore mark (ex-showroom).

After previewing its flagship SUV in concept form past year, BMW has taken the wraps off the production-ready article called X7.

It is also the first SUV in the BMW line-up to get three rows of seats, making it the most practical offering yet from the company. The auto will be the new flagship in the company's X-range, which is now held by the X6.

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