2019 BMW X7 unveiled as new flagship SUV

October 17, 2018

Welcome to the biggest, most luxurious SUV BMW has ever conceived. It’s called the BMW X7, and it has just been unveiled as the company’s new flagship X series.

Starting with the power sources, buyers (subject to specific market availability) will be able to select between four main engine options. These range from the xDrive40i featuring a 3.0-litre turbo-petrol inline six producing 250kW/450Nm, to an xDrive30d featuring a diesel version developing 195kW/620Nm.

Stepping up to the higher levels, there’s the xDrive50i which features a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 generating 340kW/650Nm, or you can go for the X7 M50d that uses the latest 3.0-litre quad-turbo diesel inline six that develops 294kW/760Nm. All are matched to an eight-speed auto with all-wheel drive.

Acceleration figures for the 0-100km/h sprint range from 7.0 seconds for the 30d, to 6.1 seconds for the 40i, down to 5.4 seconds for both the 50i an the M50d.

To help with handling, the 50i and M50d come with an M Sport differential for the rear axle incorporating an electronically-controlled locking function. The diff will be available as an option on the 40i as well. All models come with adaptive suspension as standard, with air springs at the front and rear. Drivers can adjust the ride height by up to 80mm through a button inside or by using the special BMW Display Key.

So, just how big is the new X7? Well, it measures a grand 5151mm in length, 2000mm in width, and 1805mm tall. It also rides on a 3105mm wheelbase. For reference, the current BMW X5 measures 4886mm, 1938mm, and 1762mm, respectively, and rides on a 2933mm wheelbase. In other words, it’s massive. It’s also 31mm longer and 66mm wider than its key rival, the Mercedes GLS.

This means the interior is expansive. As standard the X7 is a 7-seater, with “full-size” seats for the third row that come with armrests, cupholders, and USB ports. Buyers can option for the middle row to comprise of two comfort seats. All seats are electronically adjustable in any case, and they can be moved around to offer a boot capacity of 326L or up to 2120L.

For the front passengers there’s a 12.3-inch media screen with BMW 7.0 operating system, and the driver views another 12.3-inch digital screen which provides displays for the instrument cluster. Audio can be produced through a comprehensive Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system as an option.

As standard, the BMW X7 comes with four-zone climate control, a three-section panoramic glass roof, and Vernasca leather upholstery. Buyers will then be able to extend to options such as the rear-seat entertainment package, a range of trimmings and in-car colours, to a special Sky Lounge glass roof, and of course the full M Sport pack with sporty garnishes inside and out.

BMW Australia has previously confirmed the X7 will go on sale locally some time during 2019. Market launch, globally, will take place in March. Like the X3 and X5, the X7 is being produced at BMW’s Spartanburg facility in the US.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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