This is the biggest production Bimmer ever, so it’s only right the new 2019 BMW X7 wears the largest kidney grille in the company’s history – don’t worry, you also get a V8, 22-inch wheels, and an M Sport package
When the Americans decide to build a BMW, they do it their supersized way, which is where the biggest BMW ever comes in, the new 2019 X7 SUV. Okay, so it’s not as long as a BMW 760Li, perhaps, but the X7 is massive in every other way.
The company’s first proper seven-seater will start rolling out of its South Carolina plant early next year, offering a choice of two petrol engines and even an optional off-road package. Most though will prefer speccing up the optional 22-inch wheels if the standard 20s are too puny, and the rest of the equipment list is just as enticing, with stuff like five-zone air conditioning, Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system, plus an LED-powered glass roof that can illuminate over 15,000 graphic patterns across its surface.
If you don’t like cramming in people you can also specify six individual seats, while air suspension on both ends cushions the ride either way. With this tech the X7 also drops by 40mm when you open the tailgate so you can load your stuff easily – drop both rear rows of seats all the way down flat, and the cargo capacity is 2,210 litres. Compared to something similarly sized like a Toyota Land Cruiser, that’s 100 litres down on the competition, and it’s worse than that if you leave the BMW’s seats up as you again get about 100 litres less room to play with.
You probably won’t care seated in that interior, with too many gadgets to play with and a new third-generation head-up display included. The X7 can even reverse itself into a parking spot, and features all the other driving assistance kit you’d expect.
When the car is launched in the UAE next year, the Middle East region will get the BMW X7 xDrive40i to kick off the range, with a 3.0-litre straight-six producing 340 horsepower and 450Nm of torque. This enables the SUV to reach 100km/h from rest in 6.1 seconds and top out at 245km/h.
The headliner at the moment is the X7 xDrive50i powered by a V8 engine rated at 462bhp and 650Nm of torque. This gets you zero to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h. Throw in the optional M Sport package and you also get a trick electronic differential to improve handling.
Something tells us though, that few consumers out there are shopping for a sports car with seven seats. But we bet plenty are shopping for the biggest hot damn BMW money can buy. As long as you have at least AED300,000 because that is the expected starting price in the US, about $75,000 to $80,000 – once the BMW X7 reaches our shores in local ‘full-options’ trim, the price will climb way above that…