BMW X7: Market launch in March 2019

By CARSIFU | 17 October 2018

MUNICH: The latest and largest model in the BMW X line-up, the X7 will be built at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the United States, and its market launch will begin in March 2019.

At 5,151 millimetres in length, 2,000 millimetres wide and 1,805 millimetres tall, and with a wheelbase of 3,105 millimetres, the BMW X7 is the new head of the BMW X model family.

The BMW X7 comes as standard with LED headlights, while the optional BMW Laserlight has a high-beam range of up to 600 metres and can be easily identified by the blue x-shaped elements inside the headlights.

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The car is fitted as standard with 20-inch light-alloy wheels, and there are three rows of seats (for seven people in total) in the X7.

The two passengers in the third row settle into full-size seats complete with armrests, cupholders and USB ports.

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 can be increased from 326 to a maximum of 2,120 litres, as required.

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The 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, controls with glass applications, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and the Rear-seat entertainment Professional system.

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The line-up of engines available at launch are:

- 462hp petrol V8 in the BMW X7 xDrive50i (not available in Europe)
- six-cylinder in-line petrol with 340hp in the BMW X7 xDrive40i
- six-cylinder in-line diesel with 265hp in the BMW X7 xDrive30d
- six-cylinder in-line diesel with 400hp in the BMW X7 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.

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Ensuring even more dynamic handling is the M Sport differential at the rear axle, which brings electronically controlled locking.

It is fitted as standard on the BMW X7 M50d and as an option on the BMW X7 xDrive50i and BMW X7 xDrive40i.

Standard kit includes Adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers, and air springs at both axles.

The vehicle’s ground clearance can be varied by up to 80 millimetres to suit the situation at hand – by either pressing a button or using the BMW Display Key.

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Integral Active Steering and the Executive Drive Pro system with active roll stabilisation deliver even more nimble handling and greater poise.

An Off-Road package is also available for all model variants aside from the BMW X7 M50d. This package includes an extra button for choosing between four driving modes – xSand, xGravel, xRocks and xSnow.

These modes prepare the car for the surface in question by activating the ideal settings for ride height, the xDrive system, accelerator and transmission responses, and DSC inputs.

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The BMW Live Cockpit Professional fitted as standard in the BMW X7 comprises a fully digital instrument cluster and a Control Display, each of which have a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches.

The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is included in the operating system from March 2019 - once activated with the spoken prompt “Hey BMW”, the digital companion helps the driver to utilise the car’s functions.

And the system will continue to acquire new capabilities all the time thanks to updates transmitted seamlessly via Remote Software Upgrade.

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