In 2014, BMW confirmed the X7, which is currently the biggest SUV produced by the German manufacturer. However, we had to wait for years for the new model to arrive and today, you can find it positioned above the X5. Speaking of the X5, it was the first SUV that was produced by BMW and it appeared on the marked in 1999. It was hard at that time to recognize the company as one of the leaders in this segment but the Bavarians has launched four different crossovers. And with the X7 joining the lineup, you must be wondering what you should expect from this model? 2019 BMW X7
Exterior – 2019 BMW X7
The X7 is heavily influenced by the X5 but it also comes with the features of its own that turn this model into a flagship and make it stand out. Plus, the two models have a slightly different shape. 2019 Kia Ceed GT Line
At the front end, the identical LED layout is incorporated, but the shape of the headlights is slightly different. They are narrower, which give the car a more aggressive stance. Meanwhile, the bumper is quite large with massive outlets in the corners.
Moving to the sides and you will find taller side windows and large mirror caps and this makes everything about this model seem huge. The second and third row passengers will be able to access their seats easily thanks to the great exterior design.
Last but not least, the rear end of the X7 looks different from the X5’s one. Although large taillights are expected, they are actually slimmer and they don’t extend into the fenders as much. BMW didn’t forget to make the bumper large though whereas the tailgate resembles the one from the X5.
Other Exterior Details
The stock wheels are large enough, but the buyers can opt for 22-inch rims with additional payment. Among standard equipment, there are adaptive full LED lights with automatic high beams, but the Executive package brings laserlight lamps that look outstanding. 2019 BMW X7
We should not forget to mention that the 2019 BMW X7 can be purchased in different colors: non-metallic Alpine White, metallic Carbon Black with M Sport Package, Mineral White, Black Sapphire, Vermont Bronze and Arctic Grey. As of April 2019, BMW will introduce three more colors including Jet Black, Dark Graphite and Phytonic Blue.
The cabin is modern and cleanly design, which is something you will notice immediately. The dashboard features neat structures and it transitions smoothly into the road panels. The details on the dashboard are partly responsible for the remarkable look of the cabin. The center console is similar to the one of the X5 featuring the iDrive Controller, gear selector, the start/stop button, electronic parking brake switch, the air suspension and optional off-road modes as well as the Driving Experience Control switches. 2019 BMW X7
Furthermore, fine materials can be found all around the interior including black SensaTec, Vernasca and Extended Merino Leather. Some of them are optional, some available on higher trims only and in different colors. Speaking of the options, you can make your stay in the car even more comfortable by adding features such as leather dash, glass controls for the start/stop button, gear shift lever, a Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof and radio volume knob.
In addition, a Cold Weather Package is optional with a five-zone automatic climate control system, heated front and rear seats as well as heated armrests and the steering wheel. Another available suite is Premium which brings rear electric side window shades, a heads-up display, gesture control, soft-close automatic doors and heated and cooled cup holders, a feature that really comes in handy on long trips.
Other Interior Details
The 2019 BMW X7 packs the Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system that uses a 12.3-inch display on the center stack and the instrument cluster of the same size. The controls are customizable, allowing you to make several pages for easier access. Just swipe across the screen and you will get to a desired page.
In the meantime Connected Package Professional adds Remote Services, Concierge Services, Real-Time Traffic Information and On-Street Parking Information. DVD players, an HDMI socket and two headphone jacks are among the standard equipment.
The X7 has room for seven people. The seats are made to be comfortable and the second-row bench can be replaced with captain’s chairs, which are on the list of options. This will reduce the hauling capacity to six people, but it will increase the comfort at the same time.
You can always increase the room in the trunk to 90.4 cubic feet if you fold flat the third-row and the second-row seats. Even though it is not as spacious as the Cadillac Escalade, it beats the Mercedes-Benz GLS.
Under the Hood
The engine from the X5 has been taken and revised to be placed under the hood of the X7. The xDrive40i model is the starting trim in the United States. If you opt for it, it will take you only 5.8 seconds to hit 60mph-mark, which is not bad at all. The top speed of this SUV is 152 mph. Slotted just above is the xDrive50i that packs a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, delivering 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. More power means that it is quicker and it will reach the 60 mph milestone in 5.2 seconds.
For the European market, BMW will offer two diesels as well – the xDrive30d and the M50d. Both use the same engine – a 3.0-liter six-cylinder but the output is different. In the first model, it generates 261 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque while in the second it delivers 394 ponies and 561 lb-ft of torque. Also, the M50d is much quicker, as its top speed is limited to 155 mph to 141 mph of the xDrive30d.
The transmission comes with a wider ratio spread and new control electronics to improve the efficiency of the car while the latest generation of the xDrive AWD system is utilized.
Chassis and Suspension
The 2019 BMW X7 uses the suspension setup with a double wishbone at the front and a five-link configuration in the rear. The air suspension works together with the Dynamic Stability Control system. Therefore, the load of the SUV is registered by its sensors and it can be factored into braking calculations. Unrelated to this, the ride height can be adjusted when the engine is switched off with the optional BMW Display Key. Dynamic Handling Package bring a lot of interesting features to the mix such as Active Comfort Drive, enhancing agility and dynamics.
Safety Tech and Driver-Assist Features
The presence of safety and driver assist technology depends on trims and optional packages. However, there are some standard features which come with the entry-level X7. These include Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Active Protection and Active Driving Assistant including Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Cross Traffic Alert Rear, and Speed Limit Information.
As you climb up the ladder, the more luxurious features are added and some of the more notable ones are Extended Traffic Jam Assist, which is a part of the Driving Assistant Professional package, Evasion Aid and Emergency Stop Assistant. Of course, there are much more and these are just examples.
The 2019 BMW X7 will be quite costly. The starting model carries the price tag of $73,900, excluding the $995 destination fee. Compared to the X5, the X7 is $13,000 more expensive. Meanwhile the xDrive50i starts at $92,600 and this is the first Bimmer which can be pre-ordered online.