BMW builds its first luxury SUV: the SUV for the 7 Series is called the X7 and splits minds with its giant kidneys. How To Cars has all the information, prices and it was!
For a long time, the decision-makers at BMW hesitated to give their X series a real flagship. Now the Munich-based company is also expanding the segment with a very large SUV. So far, the BMW 7 Series was considered the measure of luxury things and it stays that way – however, BMW is also transferring the nomenclature to the SUV segment. The result: the BMW X7, the largest SUV in Bavaria to date. The X7 is a proud 5.15 meters long, 1.99 meters wide and 1.79 meters high. There is also a wheelbase of 3.10 meters. The SUV, known internally as the G07, is built at the American BMW plant in Spartanburg, as are all other X models.
Visually, the X7 is based on the Concept X7 iPerformance study shown at the 2017 IAA. The huge kidney grille (the largest ever installed on a BMW) remains intact, but the LED headlights are not that narrow. Optionally, they come with laser light, which means that the high beam should reach up to 600 meters. The long wheelbase of the X7 is noticeable on the side. Large doors should make it easier to get started. The line merges very steeply into the rear, the two-part flap of which should make loading easier. The taillights are based on the current 7 Series, and the chrome clasp running over the trunk lid shows the proximity to the saloon flagship. Market launch for the BMW X7 is in summer 2019, prices start at 84,300 euros.
How To Cars has already taken place in the production version of the BMW X7! So far, BMW has only had three rows of seats in the 2 Series Gran Tourer and X5. The X7 changes that, with significantly more luxury and space. BMW optionally offers in the X7 the option of equipping the second row of seats with individual seats. These then have the same adjustment options as the seats in front. Only the air conditioning of the seats is only possible at the front, but there is seat heating on all seats. The space in row two is more than sufficient, even in the foremost position there is still enough space for the legs. Two screens contribute to the entertainment. They can be used to control infotainment individually for each seat.
The third row of seats is less space for the legs, but still not uncomfortable. Sure, this is not the place where two-meter people want to sit, but compared to other third rows, the X7 is actually quite lavish. All seats are electrically adjustable. This should make it easier for passengers in the third row of seats to get in. At the push of a button, the seats in the second row move forward and free up a lot of space for boarding. Speaking of space: there is plenty in the X7, also when it comes to cargo. If the third row of seats is set up, 326 liters of luggage space are available, with the third row folded down, it is 730 liters. If you do without row two, a total of 2120 liters are revealed. The throwing of the third row is also fully electric, unfortunately this happens very slowly in practice. Manually, the X7 would quickly become a space saver.
The current BMW interior design is reflected in the front. The X7 also comes with BMW’s new Operating System 7.0, divided into two 12.3-inch screens. The system, like MBUX at Mercedes, can now also be controlled intuitively by voice. With the command “Hey BMW” you can now control the air conditioning in Munich or change the ambient light. This works well even in the pre-series vehicle. The steering wheel is reminiscent of that of the current 7 Series. The processing fits the segment and gives no reason to complain. BMW fans only have to get used to the unusual position of the start button – it now sits just like the
BMW’s already know what they’re doing. The Bavarians let us drive the first X7 in the south of the USA. Yes, also because it is built in the United States. But certainly also because the largest SUV in the company’s history between the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon pickups doesn’t look quite as huge as it does on German roads. In comfort mode, the seven-seater behaves as good-naturedly as a large car standing on 22-inch wheels can do. The driving experience is more like a 7 than an off-road vehicle. The X7 is a space glider, a travel SUV; the drive handles the 2.4 tons well. In Sport mode, everything becomes more spontaneous, more alert – but not really sporty. The six-cylinder makes itself felt, but also the wheelbase of more than three meters in tight bends. There is rear-axle steering in the top model 50i (V8, 462 hp), which is initially only available in the USA. Eco Pro is also available. This ensures a slightly better consumption, but also a driving experience, like pulling a trailer with two Texas bulls. The adaptive mode is ideal, which automatically adapts to all requirements and allows the driver to enjoy the convenience of the X7. What stands out particularly positively is the almost perfect noise insulation. And yet the X7 is an American sleigh, European roads are just too narrow for the XXL SUV.
In addition to the basic equipment, the X7 offers many options for customization. Two equipment packages (“Design Pure Excellence” and “M-Sport”) as well as BMW individual options and an off-road package are available. The noble line “Design Pure Excellence” brings a lot of chrome to the SUV, including inserts in the air intakes and the surround of the kidney. Here are 21-inch rims series. The “M-Sport” package increases the air intakes in the front, gives the SUV a more aggressive appearance and also places the X7 on 21-inch rims – but here in the M-design. 22-inch models are optionally available for all model variants. The large panoramic glass roof is standard. It is divided into three parts and extends to the third row of seats. On request, electrically operated roller blinds protect against sunlight, in the dark 15,000 light points illuminate the edge of the roller blinds.
In the base there are ten loudspeakers for the distribution of music in the interior, optionally up to 20 boxes from Bowers & Wilkins sound the interior. When it comes to driver assistance, BMW uses everything that is available within the group. The cruise control with braking function as well as the collision and personal warning system with city emergency brake are standard. There is an optional traffic sign recognition, which also controls the cruise control. The rest of the assistants move into the X7 as a complete package, which is subject to a surcharge – including a steering and lane guidance assistant, a traffic jam assistant, emergency stop assistant, semi-autonomous driving and a camera that detects whether the driver is tired based on the driver’s head movements.
The chassis of the X7 should be as sporty and comfortable as off-road! Double wishbones are used on the front axle, while a five-link axle is standard at the rear. The two-axle air suspension with automatic level control is also standard. It automatically compensates for uneven loading. By networking with BMW’s DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), the load on the X7 is also taken into account when regulating the brakes. In the “Sport” driving mode, the SUV automatically lowers by 20 millimeters towards the asphalt from 138 km / h in order to generate more downforce.
The height of the body can also be individually adjusted at the push of a button. The regulation can be adjusted upwards by 40 millimeters and downwards by 20 millimeters. A loading mode lowers the rear by 40 millimeters when stationary so that the loading edge of the trunk is lower. In addition to the button in the cockpit, the height can also be set using the optional display key. Integral steering is also optional. In order to influence the chassis properties even more, the “Executive Drive Pro” option offers active roll stabilization, which should make driving even more relaxed. In addition to robust underride protection, the off-road package also hikes four extra driving modes in the X7 (xSnow, xSand, xGravel, xRocks).
Connectivity: BMW X7 fully networked
The digital cockpit relies on the “Operating System 7.0” display and operating concept, which has spread through almost all BMW model series up to the X7. The rectangular display in front of the driver is dominated by the speedometer and rev counter. In between there is a configurable display, for example for navigation information. The driver display is seamlessly followed by a second display that can be used to adjust the infotainment system, navigation and vehicle comfort. Alternatively, these functions can be influenced via iDrive, voice, gestures or touch controls. Personalized content is also available in the car via BMW Connected.
Engines and price: only with in-line six-cylinder
For the time being there will be no twelve and eight cylinders in the X7 – at least not in Europe. Other markets get the big SUV at least with the 462 hp V8 biturbo. In this country, BMW fully relies on its straight six-cylinder. The M50d is launched with the most powerful engine. The preliminary top model comes with six-cylinder diesel, eight-speed Steptronic, 400 hp and 760 Nm torque. Motorized in this way, the X7 sprints to 100 km / h in 5.4 seconds. The whole thing has its price: the X7 with top engine costs 109,900 euros. The second diesel is the xDrive30d with 265 hp and 620 Nm, which is available from 84,300 euros. The only petrol engine at the market launch is the xDrive40i. Here the new straight six-cylinder from the Z4 with 340 HP and 450 Nm torque works under the hood. BMW calls 86,300 euros for the gasoline engine. A plug-in hybrid will also follow later. BMW has not yet commented on a thoroughbred M model.
Technical data: One petrol engine, two diesels
BMW X7 xDrive40i • Engine: in-line six-cylinder • Displacement: 2998 cm³ • Power: 250 kW (340 hp) • max. Torque: 450 Nm • Drive: all-wheel drive • Transmission: 8-speed Steptronic • Top speed: 245 km / h • Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 6.1 s • Consumption: 8.7 l / 100 km • CO2 emissions : 198 g / km • Trailer load (unbraked / braked): 750/3500 kg • Drawbar load: 140 kg • Price: 86,300 euros.
BMW X7 xDrive30d • Engine: in-line six-cylinder • Displacement: 2993cm³ • Power: 195 kW (265 HP) • max. Torque: 620 Nm • Drive: all-wheel drive • Transmission: 8-speed Steptronic • Top speed: 227 km / h • Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 7.0 s • Consumption: 6.5 l / 100 km • CO2 emissions : 171 g / km • Trailer load (unbraked / braked): 750/3500 kg • Drawbar load: 140 kg • Price: 84,300 euros.
BMW X7 M50d • Engine: in-line six-cylinder • Displacement: 2993 cm³ • Power: 294 kW (400 PS) • max. Torque: 760 Nm • Drive: all-wheel drive • Transmission: 8-speed Steptronic • Top speed: 250 km / h • Acceleration 0-100 km / h: 5.4 s • Consumption: 7.0 l / 100 km • CO2 emissions : 185 g / km • Trailer load (unbraked / braked): 750/3500 kg • Drawbar load: 140 kg • Price: 109,900 euros.