► New BMW X7 Pick-up!
► Munich's answer to the X-Class
► One-off for now, not for production
Just when you thought the new BMW X7 was offensive enough, Munich goes one further and shows this - the new BMW X7 Pick-up. A one-off made by factory apprentices, the ute will be shown at the BMW Motorrad Days show in Germany.
Based on the X7 xDrive 40i, it's a double-cab pick-up with a difference - sporting a BMW F 850 GS adventure motorbike on the flatbed. The teak-lined loadbay is two metres long with the tailgate open, and 140cm with it closed.
The concept was produced in just 10 months; it makes use of lightweight composites in the rear doors, roof and loadbed to trim 200kg from the X7 despite being 10cm longer than the regular SUV. Air suspension is said to be able to cope with heavier loads, although BMW has not quoted a payload for this poshest of pick-ups.
Read on for our full briefing on the regular BMW X7. The addition of a pick-up version might just make you look more fondly on the normal SUV...
Everything you need to know about the regular BMW X7 SUV
This is it – the new BMW X7, and Munich’s biggest SUV yet, coming to a country club near you from March 2019. BMW has been regularly teasing the new X7; first with some slightly sneaky pictures confirming production has started and, more recently, sketches of it.
But anyway, the covers are off and BMW’s largest soft-roader is here. We've driven it, too – in prototype form and full production guise. Read our full BMW X7 review here.
That’s quite a snout!
Yes. There’s no getting away from that rather brash front end and piggish kidney grille arrangement on the X7.
BMW says it ‘gives the car a sense of presence’, much in in the way a bull has presence in a china shop. It’s longer, wider but lower than a short-wheelbase Range Rover.
There are LED headlights as standard but the X7 can be specced up to BMW’s new Laserlight units, and comes with 20-inch alloys as standard, with the option to trade up to 21s or 22s. Two main trim levels are available: Design Pure Excellence and M Sport, of which the differences are handily explained in the graphic below.
The interior had better be plush...
Well, first things first, it’s a full seven-seater as standard but you can choose a six-seat option that swaps out the middle bench for two pews with armrests.
It’s just like the X5, 8-series and even the 3-series in terms of overall design with leather- four-zone climate control and a panoramic glass roof as standard. You can spec up all sorts of extra goodies like a Bowers and Wilkins audio system, rear-seat entertainment and five-zone climate control.
Give me engine details
There are three engines available for the X7 in Europe: the xDrive40i petrol, xDrive30d and M50d diesel versions. Check out our quick engine specs round-up:
3.0-litre 6cyl turbo, 335bhp, 332lb ft
3.0-litre 6cyl diesel, 261bhp, 457lb ft
3.0-litre 6cyl diesel, 395bhp, 561lb ft
Every engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and, as the name suggests, all of the X7 versions have xDrive all-wheel drive with a rear-bias to its power transfer. An electronically-locking M Sport differential for the rear wheels is standard on the M50d model and available for the xDrive40i.
It should handle okay, right?
Well it is a BMW after all. The X7 comes armed with adaptive air suspension and the ability to tweak the ride height depending on your needs even before you get in the car usig the car’s fat Display Key.
Rear-wheel steering and the ‘Executive Drive Pro’ system that scans the road ahead to pre-empt any bumps is optional, as is an off road pack for the 40i and 30d. The system has sand, gravel, snow and rock modes that prepare the car ahead of time for the particular surface.
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