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All-new BMW X7: Munich’s monolith is here

Published: 17 October 2018

► New BMW X7 SUV
► It's a Range Rover rival
► On sale March 2019

This is it – the new BMW X7, and Munich’s biggest SUV yet, and coming to a country club near you in 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 – albeit in prototype form for now – check that out here.

Keep reading for more on the new BMW X7…

That’s quite a snout

Yes. There’s no getting away from that rather brash front end and piggish kidney grille arrangement, but 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.

BMW X7 front quarter

There are LED headlights as standard but 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 this graphic.

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.

BMW X7 graphic

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:

xDrive40i
3.0-litre 6cyl turbo, 335bhp, 332lb ft
6.1sec 0-62mph
152mph

xDrive30d
3.0-litre 6cyl diesel, 261bhp, 457lb ft
7.0sec 0-62mph
141mph

M50d
3.0-litre 6cyl diesel, 395bhp, 561lb ft
5.4sec 0-62mph
155mph

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.

BMW X7 cornering

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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By Jake Groves

CAR's staff writer, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches

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