BMW presents X7 premium family SUV

2019 BMW X7

The new BMW X7 is the first SUV from the company to feature a seven-seater configuration. As expected, the design remains true to that concept vehicle!

Inside, the X7 is pure BMW, with a driver-focused cockpit featuring cutting-edge technology as standard.

It measures 5.1 metres in length, 2 metres wide and 1.8 metres tall, making it the largest BMW X model. On the outside, the X7 looks almost identical to the concept version, with enormous kidney grilles up front and a squared-off greenhouse in the rear that seems purpose-built to maximize third-row headroom.

Standout features are its large windows, high ground clearance and long roofline. It gets dual slim LED headlights as standard while BMW Laserlight is available as an option.

Inside, there are three rows of seats.

Step inside cabin and everything seems very familiar just like any other modern BMW such as the 8 Series, fouth-gen X5, Z4 and the recently unveiled 3 Series.

While the X7 scores with generous space for up to seven occupants and trumps its little brother X5, especially in the third row, a BMW X8 could offer little added value compared to the X6 - four to five passengers travel in the X6 relatively comfortable, so the advantage of a spacious third row is not a possibility in the X8. As standard the X7 gets air suspension, a three-part panoramic roof and an optional Rear-Seat Entertainment Professional system comprising of a pair of 10.2-inch full-HD touchscreen displays, Blu-ray-compatible DVD player, two USB ports, HDMI socket and two headphone jacks. The dash is dominated by a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and an infotainment screen of the same size.

BMW Australia is still finalising details after the X7's unveiling in Europe, but is working for an early arrival and a nice price. It also gets cup-holders and armrest for additional convenience. A standard audio system can be replaced by either a Harman Kardon stereo or a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins unit. The rim options include a 21 and 22 inch multispoke design.

On the one hand, the incomprehensible, because both the seats and the motors are finished in the kit and the X7 is still a half-class upgrade might. Off-road mechanical gear and torque-vectoring differential are only available in selected models.

Also, the diesel engine comes in two variants - M50d which develops 394 BHP and 760 Nm of peak torque and the xDrive30d which produces 261 BHP and 620 Nm of torque.

The diesel version though comes with a single 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder option. BMW plans to display the new model to the Los Angeles motor show in November, before it does on sale in worldwide markets.

To push it down the road you can equip an X7 with a straight-six or a V8; both options come with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic and all-wheel-drive. Finally. It's taken the German automaker a while to get the hint that well-heeled American families are eager to buy three-row crossover SUVs draped in leather with powerful engines under their hoods.

Ride comfort is enhanced by air suspension with standard-fit automatic self-levelling.

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