Thursday 18 July 2019

First Look: Here's BMW's largest SAV. . . new X7 is a 7-seater, due here in Spring

A view of the BMW X7
The interior of the BMW X7
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

These are first official pictures of BMW's largest sports activity vehicle (SAV) to date, the X7.

It is due to go on sale from February and is expected to make its global debut at the LA motor show next month.

The range-topping SAV, a rival to the likes of the Mercedes GLS and Range Rover, has three rows of seats. BMW claims the third row comprises full-size seats with armrests, cupholders and USB ports.

All seats are adjusted electrically and, depending on seat use, luggage capacity can stretch from 326 litres to 2,120 litres.

It's a big car: 5,151mm long, 2,000mm wide, 1,805mm high and with a wheelbase of 3,105mm.

Standout features are its large windows, high ground clearance and long roofline. There is a two-section split tailgate as well.

Standard wheels are 20ins alloys, but you can opt for 21ins and 22ins versions.

Vernasca leather trim is standard, as are four-zone auto climate control, three-section panoramic glass roof and ambient lighting.

Engines from launch here will include a 6cyl, 340hp petrol xDrive40i, and two 6cyl in-line diesels (265hp - xDrive30d and a 400hp M50d)

All these engines come with the brand's 8spd Steptronic transmission.

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