First-ever BMW X7
We all knew it was coming, and now it has arrived. The first-ever BMW X7, featuring the biggest kidney grille on any BMW ever, fact. Here are five things, other than that, that you need to know:
Seating for 7
For the first time, this BMW X model features a third row of seats, making seating for 7 people standard. All seats are electronically adjustable with USB ports all-round. If desired, the 2nd row of seats can be specced as two individual seats for more luxury and comfort. The BMW X7 is taking direct aim at the Mercedes-Benz GLS – a formidable competitor.
Big, Bold design
The design and styling fo the X7 can only be described as bold, it’s obvious that BMW wanted this vehicle to stand out and show prominence. Even so, the finished product might not appeal to everyone. Large, front kidney grilles in chrome dominate the front end. Compared to the BMW X5, the X7 is over 200mm’s longer, 60mm’s higher and has a wheelbase increase of 130mm’s.
BMW has not held back on the technology front. Led headlights are standard, whilst laserlight headlights, which increase long beam range from 300m t0 600m, are optional. Inside the cabin, you will also find the third-generation Head up display which is larger and provides more information, while Live Cockpit Professional, which features two 12.3 inch displays is also standard. BMW’s latest Intelligent Personal Assistant which activates in-car experiences is also included, along with BMW’s driver assistance and semi-autonomous systems. Like music? Bowers & Wilkins 3D surround system with 20 speakers and 1,500-watt is available. While you are enjoying deep beats, you can be comforted that your Coffee will be kept hot and your passenger’s Coke will remain cool thanks to the hot/cold cup holders.
BMW X7 Engine Options
The BMW X7 is paired with 4 engines variants. The xDrive40i, xDrive50i, xDriveX30d( 195kW and 620NM and M50d (294kW and 760NM). Interestingly only the two diesel engines will be available in South Africa, from March 2019. BMW SA has confirmed they will consider introducing a petrol variant at a later stage.
The off-Road package which enables modes such asxSand, xGravel, xRocks and xSnow driving modes at the touch of a button is also available as an option.
BMW X7 will be available with two packages – Design Pure Excellence and M Sport with the latter providing a much more sportier appeal in design with the M Aero package, and performance with M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes and noise provided by the M Sport exhaust system. If you’re into chrome, the Design Pure Excellence package will be the option you may prefer with more chrome options and an increased feel of elegance rather than sportiness.