The X7 is everything we did not expect to see in a BMW. Big, 7-seater and long wheel base. With over 5 metres in length the BMW X7 is quite honestly the biggest SUV in the BMW stables and also across the segment.
However, the engineers at BMW true to their brand gene take this behemoth of a vehicle and make the impossible task of making it an Ultimate Driving Machine. First impressions with the design and the touch-feel, the BMW X7 is quite essentially 7 series in flesh in a SUV format. Your read it right, the X7 combines the right amount of plush, luxury, technology and premium feeling in a SUV package.
Now the highlight of the design of the X7 is most certainly is its massive kidney grille, which we have come to accept as a part of BMW gene. However, BMW has gone overboard with the X7 and the front is completely dominated by the chrome dash massive kidney grille. The X7 features a standard 20-inch alloys across its variants except the M sport which has been fitted with the long base 22- inch alloys. Coming to the wing side of the car, from the side, the X7 looks huge and rightly so as it measures more than 5 metres in length overall. Coming to the rear side, the rear bumpers now quite aggressive, sharp and sport. The X7 also sports fake twin exhausts at the bottom to give a very sport appeal to the SUV. All in all the X7 is quite sharp and sport in its look and feels nothing like the X5 in its dynamics.
Interiors of the X7 are heavily borrowed from the X5 and 7 series. The dashboard and interiors are crafted from the best leather and wood materials in the market. Wooden trims along with metallic buttons running around the dashboard feel quite premium and accentuate the X7’s quality. The leather on the seats on the X7 are one of the best in the industry, with a super-soft Marino Leather trim coming standard across the entire range of the X7. What we actually feel is pretty functional are the metal analog buttons to control tech like climate control which are necessary inspite of touch screen controlled operations. The chrome crystal gear selector which is standard in the X series for a change feels right at home in the ultra- luxurious X7 unlike other models. Amongst other tech aspects, the X7 also has two 12.3 inch display screens with increased user interface functionalities, fully digital instrument cluster, and full range of driver assistance systems, gesture control and Apple CarPlay. Interestingly, the voice control system can be used by saying, "Hi BMW".
Globally, the BMW X7 is available in four different power trains; X7 xDrive50i- 4.4 Litre V8- twin-turbo petrol engine, X7 xDrive40i- 3.0 Litre V6 petrol, xDrive 30d- 3.0 Litre V6 Diesel and M50d- 3.0 Litre quad turbo Diesel. In India, however the one that should interest us is the 30d variant. It has a 2993 cc, 6- cylinder diesel engine that makes 265 PS and 620 Nm of torque, and gets from 0 to 100 in 7 seconds.
Expect the BMW X7 to make its way to Indian some- time soon and priced at Rs 1.25 Crore (ex- showroom India)