If you thought the Audi Q7 was a big bruiser, Munich has one-upped Ingolstadt with the 2019 BMW X7.
The new X7, fitting in as it does above the brand-new X5, is an absolute monster of a car. Or is it? Let’s break it down in a table.
|2019 BMW X7||2019 BMW X5||2018 Audi Q7||2018 Mercedes Benz G-Class|
Key to the X7’s presence is that giant grille. It looks like it should be straining krill from the ocean on its way to Antarctica. Autobahn runs will mean you’ll be picking livestock from that giant set of teeth. Given that we thought the X5’s grille was big, this is taking the mick a bit…
Anyway. That’s how it looks. Looks are subjective, but BMW’s designers haven’t tried to hide its bulk, but
In fact, it’s so big that 20-inch wheels are standard, with optional 21 and 22-inch sets.
LED headlights will be standard across the range and you can get Laserlights with their 600m (2000ft) high beam.
BMW X7 Drivetrains
BMW is opening the bidding with a range of petrols and diesels.
The X7 50i won’t be available in Europe (that will annoy a few people) packs the 4.4-litre twin turbo for 340kW (462PS) and 650 Nm.
The X7 40i is another petrol, this time BMW’s 3.0-litre turbo straight-six, spinning up 250 kW (350PS) and 450Nm. Sounds like a bit, but it has to push 2300-plus kilos. Did I mention the X7 is no lightweight flyer? Having said that, 0-100km/h (0-62mph) arrives in 6.1 seconds.
The first of the
And finally the 30d’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel six comes with 195kW and a stonking 620Nm. While coming close to 2400kg, it still manages the run to 100km/h in seven seconds dead.
All four engines pair with the usual eight-speed ZF automatic, transferring the power to all four wheels.
|Type||Power: kW (PS)||Torque: Nm||0-100km/h (0-62mph)|
|X7 50i||4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol V8||340kW (462PS)||650Nm||5.4s|
|X7 40i||3.0-litre turbo in-line petrol 6||250 kW (350PS)||450Nm||6.1s|
|X7 M50d||3.0-litre quad-turbo in-line diesel 6||294kW (400PS)||760Nm||5.4s|
|X7 30d||3.0-litre turbo in-line diesel 6||195kW (265PS)||620Nm||7.0|
The fundamental package is the same across the range.
The wishbones are aluminium while the rear end is lightweight steel.
For the moment they all roll on
Curiously the brakes are the same on all four (incoming M Performance brakes are a given), with single-piston
Interior and Technology
The new BMW interior styling direction is looking pretty good here on the X7. Obviously, this monster can take seven people but there’s also a six-seater option where the middle row has two super-comfortable seats. BMW reckons the third row is made of two full-size seats.
BMW’s new Live Cockpit is on board – it’s a 12.3-inch digital dashboard, finally properly taking on Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. BMW’s version of Siri – activated by saying, “Hey, BMW!” (ugh) will be available from March. iDrive OS 7 is also on the 10-inch central screen.
The “basic” package comes with four-zone climate control, a huge sunroof and “and ambient lighting including the Welcome Light Carpet and Dynamic Interior Light.”
Various options include five-zone climate control, “Sky Lounge”, huge Bowers and Wilkins sound system and an M Sport Package for inside and out.
When and Where?
The X7 will roll out of BMW’s Spartanburg, Carolina plant and will roll out from March 2019.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m really looking forward to driving the M50d. That’s a lot of car moving really quickly…
Peter Anderson is the Editor and founder of the theredline.com.au. He’s been writing about cars for years and finds it difficult to talk about anything else.