Here it is, the BMW X7, officially launched just three days after BMW Malaysia announced that its new flagship SUV was open for booking. The first ever BMW X7 is billed as the 7 Series of SUVs, and it sits right on top of an X range that long had the X5 as The Boss.
In case you haven’t noticed, cars have got bigger over the years, and key markets such as North America and China wanted – sorry, needed – something larger than the X5, something more opulent, something with more road presence than the X5. Slightly late, but the X7 is here to take on cars like the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lexus LX and Range Rover, among other giants.
So, what do you get for RM888,800 on-the-road without insurance? The G07 X7 is based on a modified G05 X5 platform and aims to offer 7 Series luxury in a big SUV body. At 5,151 mm long, 2,000 mm wide and 1,805 mm tall, the X7 is 229 mm longer and 60 mm taller than the latest X5, which has already been previewed here and is launching soon. The three-row SUV’s 3,105 mm wheelbase is 130 mm longer than the G05 X5’s.
Unlike the X5, the X7 is a full seven-seater with adult seating in all rows; but for the first time in a BMW SUV, a six-seat option comprising two middle row individual seats is available. BMW Malaysia however chose to specify the regular three-seat bench in the middle row as the default. The second row splits 40:20:40, while the last row folds 50:50.
We get the X7 in xDrive40i form, and the base petrol option is powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged inline-six with 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 5,200 rpm.
Paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission (with shift paddles) and the firm’s rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system, the X7 xDrive40i is good for 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 245 km/h. Not bad at all for a giant carrying every available feature in the carmaker’s arsenal, tipping the scales at over 2.3 tonnes.
The X7 sits on two-axle air suspension, which has five different height settings over a range of 80 mm. The suspension’s air supply is controlled individually for each corner using a electrically driven compressor with pressure reservoir, making it possible to balance out an unevenly loaded car. With DSC, the vehicle load registered by the air suspension sensors can also be factored into braking modulation.
One can adjust the body’s ground clearance 40 mm above or below the standard setting; this might be useful for say, off-road driving or easier access to the cargo area. Executive Drive Pro with active anti-roll stabilisation makes its debut in an X model. Ride comfort is further enhanced by Dynamic Damper Control, which is able to process data from the navigation system and front camera.
We get the 7 Series of SUVs in the luxury-themed Design Pure Excellence trim – think chrome instead of gloss black – which is appropriate. Standard kit includes 21-inch Y-spoke two-tone alloys (with 285/45 tyres), aluminium running boards and roof rails, a Sky Lounge panorama glass roof, adaptive BMW Laserlight, LED fog lamps, high beam assistant, BMW Display Key and anti-dazzle wing and rear view mirrors, among other things.
Inside the Vernasca leather-trimmed cabin, the X7 comes with Fineline Stripe wood trim, a dashboard covered in Sensatec synthetic leather, surround view camera and a head-up display. Comfort features include ventilated front seats, auto air-con with five-zone control, electric blinds for the rear side windows, Comfort Access with handsfree tailgate opening, and a classy soft close function for the doors.
For communication and infotainment, the X7 gets BMW Connected Package Professional (including Intelligent Emergency Call, Teleservices, Concierge Services and Remote Services, BMW Digital Key and Intelligent Personal Assistant), Gesture Control, BMW Live Cockpit Professional with a 12.3-inch instrument panel, BMW Navigation system Professional with a 12.3-inch touch-screen and wireless charging.
Sound is courtesy of a Harman Kardon surround sound system with 464 watts and 16 speakers. There’s are also two rear-seat 10.2-inch touchscreens. As for driver assist systems, the X7 gets the full Driving Assistant Professional package.
The X7 is available in seven colours, which are Mineral White, Black Sapphire, Artic Grey, Sophisto Grey, Phytonic Blue, Terra Brown and Vermont Bronze. Inside, one can choose from black, coffee and cognac perforated Vernasca leather upholstery.
Once again, the new BMW X7 is yours for RM888,800 OTR without insurance, with the brand’s five-year warranty and free scheduled service. Made in USA, the biggest car BMW produces is available from September 2019. By the way, that’s a RM249k premium over the latest X5’s estimated price, but it undercuts the RM999,888 X166 Mercedes-Benz GLS 400, which is a previous generation car that has been replaced.
Check out the full walk-around video below as X7 project manager Joerg Wunder takes us through the main selling points of the new flagship SUV, as well as the final details.