New BMW X7 flagship SUV priced from £72,155

Joanna Estrada
October 21, 2018

The X7 is meant to combine the comfort and opulence of a 7-series with the versatility and off-road capability of the new fourth-generation X5, with which is shares plenty of mechanical and electric bits. It's more than a feeling.

After several teasers and concepts, BMW has lifted the lid on its new X7 SUV - the largest auto the brand has ever built.

BMW says the standard driver assistance systems will vary depending on market, however it's likely Australian X7 owners will be treated to a full suite of features, including active cruise control, steering and lane control assist, and parking assist - the latter of which will come in handy at the Westfield auto park due to the X7's sheer size. At a glance, it appears there may be no limits to how far luxury brands may go in the SUV space.

BMW finally has a full-size seven-seat SUV. If you think of the 3 Series sedan when think of the automaker, we expect you didn't.

What's New: Everything, but specifically that massive front grille.

That's about 17 feet from one end to the other, making this Bimmer longer than the Audi Q7 and Mercedes GL-Class. Benchmark acceleration time is similar to the petrol V8 engine, setting 5.4 seconds on the stopwatch. The middle row can be composed of two individual comfort seats as an option. The vehicle is fitted as standard with 20-inch light-alloy wheels, while 21- and 22-inch variants can be selected from the options list. The taller and boxier design makes the grille the largest ever in the company's history. BMW says it will hit 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds from a stop. BMW rates the xDrive40i at 32.2 mpg while the xDrive50i, a North American only model, is estimated to achieve 24.8 mpg. The BMW X7 xDrive40i gets a 6 cylinder inline 3.litre engine producing 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque. This model, which can hit 60 in 5.2 seconds, starts at $93,595. All the engines come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. xDrive all-wheel drive is standard, but the M50d gets M Sport differential too.

Sales of the new X7 begin in April 2019, with prices starting from £72,155. There's also a digital instrument cluster, and a separate screen for the iDrive infotainment system.

Air suspension comes as standard, but for drivers who want to travel away from the beaten track, the X7 is available with an optional off-road package which includes bespoke driving modes and underbody protection. The vehicle comes with Vernasca leather trim, 4-zone climate control, panoramic roof and Bowers and Wilkins music system. Audio can be produced through a comprehensive Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system as an option. BMW state that the even the third row will come with cup holders, central armrest and electronically adjustable seating.

The X7 comes with seven seats as standard, and unlike the latest X5, whose rearmost seats are best reserved for teenagers or small adults, the X7's should be spacious enough to be comfortable for long journeys.

The rear seat is where the most owners are likely to seat.

Bookings for the 2019 BMW X7 will be starting from next month and it will start arriving at USA dealers by March 2019. These models will get priority when the first deliveries are made next year.

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