Is the BMW X5 a little too tight for your everyday motoring needs? Then maybe you should take a look at the new X7. Here are five things you need to know about it.
1: You’re going to need a big garage in which to park it
The BMW X7 is a monster. A behemoth. Compared to the already sizeable X5 the X7 is 265mm longer, 15mm wider and 43mm taller. Between the front and rear axles is an extra 172mm worth of space. Dimensionally speaking the X7 is close in shape, size and stature to the Infiniti QX80 – one of the biggest cars we have ever tested. The X7 also has largest kidney grille ever fitted to a production BMW.
2: Laserlights are available as an option
The X7 comes with LED headlamps as standard. However you can, for a nominal fee of course, equip yours with BMW Laserlights that give you a maximum range 600 meters. Another worthy upgrade can be made on the wheels front. In standard spec the X7 rides upon 20-inch light alloy wheels. Considering just how sizable them arches are we would recommend fitting the optional 21- or 22-inch variants.
3: There are four choices of engine
The new X7 is currently offered with four engines: two petrols and two diesels. On the petrol side of things there’s a 340kW V8 in the xDrive50i and a 250kW inline-six in the xDrive40i. An inline-six turbodiesel makes 195kW in the xDrive30d and 294kW in the M50d. All engines come mated to a BMW eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
4: You’re in for quite a ride
All X7 models come standard with adaptive suspension. This means you get electronically controlled dampers as well as air springs on both the front and rear axles. As such the ground clearance of the X7 can be varied by up to 80mm to suit driving conditions.
Pick any model other than the M50d and you can fit the optional Off-Road package that gives you the ability to tweak the mapping of the car’s engine, drivetrain, transmission and suspension to better cope with specific terrains. There are four preset modes: xSand, xGravel, xRocks and xSnow.
5: Space to share the adventure
With three rows of seats the BMW X7 can transport seven people in comfort. Interestingly enough, the third row (closest to the back of the vehicle) features two full-size seats complete with armrests, cupholders and USB ports.
Standout standard features include 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. As to be expected the options list is long, luxurious and expensive. – Staff Writer
- The new X7 will be available in South Africa from March 2019