In just a couple of weeks we will get behind the wheel of the new BMW X7. The International Media Launch is currently taking place throughout US and the driving impressions embargo will be lifted by March 22nd. Until then, we had the chance to get a ride in the new X7 at the recent BMW Test Fest in Palm Springs.
As a result, we also got our hands on a new video giving us yet another look at the largest BMW SUV ever made. The new seven seater luxury SUV is designed to compete with the Range Rover and Mercedes GLS. Standing at 5,151 millimeters (16.8 ft) in length, 2,000 millimeters (6.5 ft) wide and 1,805 millimeters (5.9 ft) tall, and with a wheelbase of 3,105 (10 ft) millimeters, the X7 isn’t just BMW’s biggest-ever SUV, it’s one of the biggest in the segment since it’s longer, wider and taller than a Range Rover.
The longer wheelbase allows BMW to add a third row of seats as standard — unique in the BMW lineup. The Bavarians promise the electronically controlled rear seats are full size, enhanced with armrests, cup holders and USB ports.
BMW will launch four versions of the X7 — 40i, 50i, 30d and M50d. For America, there will only be two X7 variants and powertrains; the BMW X7 xDrive40i, which will pack BMW’s famous B58 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six, making 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque and getting from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds; and a BMW X7 xDrive50i, which will pack a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8, making 456 hp and 479 lb-ft while hitting 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
Europe will get those engines as well but will also get two new diesel options; the BMW X7 xDrive30d, which will get a 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 diesel engine that makes 256 hp; and a BMW X7 M50d, which will get a quad-turbocharged I6 diesel making 400 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque.
In the United States, the X7 will set you back at least $74,895 for the entry-level xDrive40i model. If you want a V8 under the hood, you’ll have to pay considerably more – $93,595.