BMW X7 Dark Shadow Edition confirmed for Australia

December 8, 2020

If you’re looking to buy a biug seven-seat luxury SUV that has a streak of mischief about it, you’re in luck. BMW Australia has confirmed the X7 Dark Shadow Edition is headed for local showrooms.

Well, just 10 examples are up for grabs. But still, the exclusivity adds to its dark and mysterious appeal. Buyers will be able to select between the xDrive30d M Sport or M50i trim level, with five of each available locally. That’s out of just 500 being made globally.

The special edition was originally revealed in July featuring a range of darkened highlights as part of the complete high-gloss Shadow Line trim from BMW Individual. This is paired with a set of 22-inch V-spoke alloy wheels finished in matt jet black, while the body is coated in matt Frozen Arctic Grey metallic, also from the BMW Individual collection.

Inside, BMW Comfort seats are wrapped in two-tone Merino night blue/black leather with quilted patterns, while the headliner is featured in BMW Individual Alcantara in matching night blue. There’s also special aluminium garnishes for various sections, and a CraftedClarity crystal glass gear selector and iDrive controller.

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As per the regular X7 xDrive30d, power comes from a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel inline-six that develops 195kW and 620Nm. If it’s utter exuberance you want, you need the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 option found in the M50i, producing 390kW and 750Nm.

BMW Australia opened reservations online for the special X7 Dark Shadow Edition on December 7, with prices starting from $188,900 for the xDrive30d and from $215,900 for the M50i (both drive-away prices). Local deliveries are expected to commence in March.

So far this year (through November) the X7 is the best-selling SUV in the “upper large above $100,000’ vehicle segment, according to VFACTS figures. The local arm has sold 786 examples, just outselling the Mercedes GLS which has accumulated 766 sales in the same period.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.