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BMW has officially unveiled their latest flagship model in its X-range of SUVs, the X7. The BMW X7 comes with all the familiar design cues of the X-range while offering a big and unmistakable road presence.
The new X7 is the largest SUV offering from the German automaker and is also the first model in the X-range to feature three rows of seating. The X7 also offers a host of high-end tech and refined ergonomics.
The all-new X7 is 5,151mm in length, 2,000mm in width, 1,805mm in height and comes with a wheelbase of 3,105mm. This makes it 9mm longer than the X6 and just three inches shorter than the standard wheelbase 7-series sedan.
The all-new 2019 BMW X7 comes with a prominent front-end, long roofline and a split tailgate being the key design elements.
Up front, the X7 comes with a boxier and taller designed signature kidney grille. The taller and boxier design makes the grille the largest ever in the company's history. Flanking either side of the large grille are sleek LED headlamps which come standard across all variant of the new X7.
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. These new laser-tech headlamps claim to offer double the throw compared to the standard LED lights.
The rear of the large SUV features a two-section split tailgate design. The split tailgate further improves the overall ease of access to the 326-litre boot while loading and unloading. The 326-litre boot capacity can further be extended to a massive 2,120-litres by folding the second and third row of seats.
Interiors & Features
The new BMW X7 is the first SUV from the company to feature a seven-seater configuration. BMW offers individual comfort seats for the middle row. The third row of seats claims to offer uncompromised comfort in terms of both space and features. BMW state that the even the third row will come with cup holders, central armrest and electronically adjustable seating.
New features on the X7 includes a four-zone climate control, ambient lighting, three-section panoramic glass roof as standard. The SUV also comes equipped with two 12.3-inch twin screens as well.
Other optional features on the 2019 BMW X7: panorama glass roof sky lounge, five-zone automatic climate control, Bowers & Wilkins diamond-surround system, rear-seat entertainment and controls with glass application.
Engine & Technical Specifications
The all-new 2019 BMW X7 comes with three engine options: two petrol and one diesel power unit. The SUV further comes in four variants (two petrol and two diesel drivetrains). This includes the xDrive40i and xDrive50i (for the petrol) and the xDrive30d and the M50d (for the diesel).
The petrol version further comes with two engine options: a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder and a larger 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. The inline-six produces 335bhp while the larger V8 churns out 456bhp.
The diesel version though comes with a single 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder option. This engine is further available in two state-of-tune. The lower tune produces 265bhp and the higher tune churns out 400bhp.
All three engine options come mated to a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox with an all-wheel-drive system. However, the BMW X7 is able to send 100 per cent of its power to the rear wheels if required.
Further, the new X7 is available with two driving packages: Dynamic Handling an Off-Road. With these two packages, BMW also offers an electronically controllable rear limited-slip differential as well.
The Off-Road package further offers four driving modes in the form of xSand, xGravel, xRocks & xSnow and can be adjusted according to the terrain.
Pricing & Sale In India
The all-new BMW X7 will be manufactured at the company plant in South Carolina, USA. The car is said to go on sale early next year, with deliveries scheduled to begin in March 2019.
There is no official information regarding the X7's entry into the Indian market. However, if the SUV is scheduled for an Indian launch, it is expected to happen sometime in the second half of 2019. If launched in India, the car will definitely be priced above the Rs 1 crore mark (ex-showroom).
Thoughts On The 2019 BMW X7
The all-new BMW X7 is the largest model to be introduced in the X-range from the automaker. It is also the first BMW product to feature a third row of seating. The car will be the new flagship in the company's X-range, which is currently held by the X6. The car will rival the likes of the Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90.