BMW finally has answer to the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Audi Q7 and other full-size premium SUVs. ^
The new BMW X7 has finally been introduced, taking the mantel of largest BMW SUV to date, as well as the 7 Series of the SUV world.
Previewed by the thinly-veiled X7 concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the X7 looks very much like a long BMW SUV would, boasting proportions that don’t look out of place. A distinctive front end with a massive, more elongated kidney grill (the largest ever on a BMW vehicle) helps it stand out from the smaller X5, while the taillights and the chrome bar connecting them are reminiscent of the 7 Series.
The massive size provides enough room for up to seven passengers spread out over three rows of seats, though there’s a six-seat configuration available for buyers who prefer second-row captain’s chairs instead of a bench. BMW says the third row can comfortably accommodate average-sized adults.
There is 48.6 cubic feet (1,376 liters) of cargo space with seven passengers on board, while folding the second and third rows expands it to 90.4 cubes (2,560 liters). The cargo area is accessed via a power-folding, two-section tailgate.
As to be expected, BMW’s flagship SUV is a technological tour de force. The dashboard is styled like modern BMWs, featuring a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that sits next to a 12.3-inch infotainment display. It’s touch-sensitive, but buyers can use voice commands or gesture control technology to access the various menu items.
The X7 has self-driving capabilities. Properly equipped, it allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel in a traffic jam at speeds of up to 37 mph, with an optic/infrared camera integrated into the instrument cluster tracking their eyes and nose to make sure they pay attention to the road ahead.
With regards to power, the X7 xDrive40i is motivated by a 3.0L six-cylinder engine that generates 335 hp and 330 lb-ft. of torque, while the X7 xDrive50i makes due with a 4.4-liter V8 rated at 456 hp and 479 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the X7 xDrive50i to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 5.2 seconds and the X7 xDrive40i in 5.8 seconds.
The new BMW X7 is built in South Carolina and has a starting price of $73,900 for the X7 xDrive40i and $92,600 for the X7 xDrive50i.
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