Luxurious seven-seater will challenge the Mercedesbenz GLS and Range Rover On sale March 2019 Price from £72,155
YOU’D THINK THAT BMW would be just about done with SUVS, now that it has built up a portfolio of six such models. after all, its current largest, the X5, competes against some of the nest luxury examples on sale, including our current champion, the Audi Q7. However, for the buyer who considers the X5 to be too small, there’s now an even larger BMW SUV, the X7. Welcome then, to the class above: the really very large indeed luxury SUV.
How large? Well, the X7 is just a tri e shorter than the Mercedes-benz GLS, at 5.15 metres, as well as lower, but it’s wider than both that car and the Range Rover – unsurprising when you consider that the X7 is designed for American highways rather than country lanes.
The GLS and Range Rover are the X7’s two closest rivals, so customers will be expecting masses of space, a relaxed driving experience and a suite of driver assistance systems to rival the Starship Enterprise.
Visually, the X7 stays very faithful to the X7 iperformance concept car from early 2017. There’s the same massive front grille and narrow LED headlights, plus chrome detailing around the car’s lower edges to emphasise its size and luxurious nature (that same detailing appears on BMW’S 7 Series saloon). Buyers will be able to choose from alloy wheels ranging from 19in to a whopping 22in in diameter.
The X7 comes with seven seats as standard, and unlike the optional third row in the X5, which is best reserved for smaller people, the X7’s should be roomy enough to keep adults comfy on long drives.the second row can be speci ed with two separate chairs instead of a three-seat bench, making the car a six-seater.
Engine options at launch are one petrol and two diesels, and it’s the entry-level 261bhp 3.0-litre diesel xdrive30d that’s likely to be the best choice for most. Above that, there’s the 335bhp turbo petrol xdrive40i and the 394bhp performance-focused M50d diesel – which is tted with an electronic rear differential to give it better traction out of tight corners.all come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’S xdrive four-wheel drive system.
A hardcore petrol M Performance model could arrive later, while a hybrid and more regular petrol and diesel variants are also planned.the X7 iperformance concept was a plug-in hybrid, with a 2.0-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, giving it an electric-only range of 62 miles – around double what’s possible in most such cars today. This increase is likely to be due to the extra space available inside the X7 to store a larger battery.
Air suspension comes as standard on the X7, while buyers can specify an off-road package that brings four bespoke driving modes and extra underbody protection.
Standard spec is as generous as you would expect, including four-zone climate control, front and rear heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, full leather upholstery and adaptive LED headlights. there’s also a 12.3in digital instrument display and a 12.3in infotainment touchscreen. available driver assistance features include blindspot monitoring and a system that allows the car to accelerate, brake and steer itself on the motorway.
With prices starting from £72,155, the X7 is slightly more expensive than the GLS but a comparative bargain next to the Range Rover, which will cost you upwards of £80,000.
Plush interior promises a relaxing driving experience Seven seats are standard and tailgate is split, like X5’s