At the ongoing LA Auto Show, the German giants revealed their biggest car yet. Now, the world is warming up towards big, hunkered SUV’s and so BMW decided to give the world their flagship SUV, enter BMW X7. The first ever X7 in production. The X7 is based on BMW’s CLAR architecture. It’s the same architecture which underpins the X5. At 5,151 mm long, 2,000 mm wide and 1,805 mm tall, the seven seater BMW is bigger than the Range Rover.
The X7’s front is dominated by the massive signature grille. The grille is the highlight of the front and when said, it is huge. One can notice the grille from far even before noticing the car. The signature BMW’s headlights are flanked on either side of the grille and are a size up in proportions to match the stance of the SUV. The side profile of the car is relatively simple design to keep the overall aesthetics in check. The makers have deliberately made sure to keep the side profile of the car clean and neat. The massive windows on either sides are the highlights of the X7’s sides. The rear continues to gets the same X series styling with a narrow strip of chrome running across the boot. The car sits on massive 22 inches alloys.
It’s the inside where the real appeal of the X7 lies, luxury. The leather and wood upholstered cabin gets 7 seats as standard. The middle row however, can be opted with individual captain seats as option. All seats gets electrical operations with the third passengers getting individual access to armrest, cupholders, ventilation and USB ports. The X7 gets a full digital instrumental cluster with 5 zone climate control along with a massive panoramic glass roof with more than 15,000 integrated graphic pattern. With all rows up, the boot capacity is still manageable with 326 litres of space.
The X7 comes with a choice of 2 diesel engines and 2 petrol engines, all turbocharged. On petrol front, the X7 40i gets a 3 litre inline V6 which generates 340 bhp of power and 450 Nm of torque. The bigger 50i gets a 4.4 litre V8 which generates 462 hp and 650 Nm of torque. The diesel variants includes 265 bhp X7 30d with 620 Nm of torque and 400 bhp X7 50d with 720 Nm of torque, both use same 3 litre inline V6 diesel engine. All the engine configurations comes mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission.
The X7 is coming to India sometime towards the second half of 2019 at prices starting at over a crore rupees and rivalling the likes of Mercedes GLS.