IT’S called the X7; a car that BMW itself describes as the first car to fuse the presence, exclusivity and spaciousness of a luxury model with the agile and versatile driving properties expected of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).
The latest and largest model in the BMW X line-up is big, 5.1 metres long big, and offers state-of-the-art equipment features, an advanced power train and brand new chassis technology for off-road prowess, excellent ride comfort and agile on-road handling.
Set for an official launch in March next year, the X7 features a new design language, dominated by precise lines and expansive surfaces, with a prominent front end, with LED headlights (or optional BMW Laser light headlamps).
Horizontal lines, slim LED lights and the two-section split tailgate emphasise the contemporary styling of the rear end. A generous sprinkling of chrome elements adds to the luxurious elegance of the BMW X7.
The car is fitted as standard with 20-inch light-alloy wheels, while 21- and 22-inch variants can be selected from the options list. Inside, the 7-seater features full sized seats in the third row.
There’s even armrests, cup holders and USB ports back there, while the middle row can be composed of two individual comfort seats as an option. All seats are adjusted electrically at the push of a button.
The boot capacity in the large flagship SUV can be increased from 326-litres to a maximum of 2,120-litres, as required.
The BMW X7 comes as standard with Vernasca leather trim, four-zone automatic climate control, a three-section panoramic glass roof, and ambient lighting including the Welcome Light Carpet and Dynamic Interior Light.
Among the highlights on the options list are five-zone automatic climate control, the Ambient Air package, the Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and the Rear-seat entertainment Professional system.
Meanwhile, the Design Pure Excellence equipment line, M Sport package and BMW Individual options allow customers to tailor the interior and exterior design to reflect their personal style.
The line-up of engines available at launch will comprise a 340kW petrol V8 in the BMW X7 xDrive50i, a six-cylinder in-line petrol unit with an output of 250kW for the xDrive40i, and a pair of six-cylinder in-line diesels with outputs of 195kW in the xDrive30d and 294kW in the M50d.
All the engines are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while the task of transferring their power onto either asphalt or loose terrain falls to the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
It also comes bundled with a comprehensive array of driver assistance systems on hand to enhance comfort and safety. As well as the Active Cruise Control with Stop/Go function, customers can also opt for the Driving Assistant Professional package.
This package includes steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, the Lane Change Assistant, the Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision protection, the evasion aid and crossing traffic warnings.
It also has wrong-way warning, and the Emergency Stop Assistant. The standard Parking Assistant’s range of functions includes the Reversing Assistant.
Pricing and specifications for the Australian market, as well as a local launch date, will be announced in the coming months.