The Car Connection BMW X7 Overview
The BMW X7 is the German automaker's three-row crossover SUV and the largest vehicle available with a roundel.
Based on the smaller BMW X5, the X7 has bold styling, a longer wheelbase, and a standard third row to set it apart from its smaller sibling. The X5 is available with three rows, however the third row in the X5 is much smaller than the X7's and is meant for only occasional duty.
With the X7, BMW finally has a direct rival for the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class and Audi Q7, among other high-end luxury SUVs.
The BMW X7 is available with a choice of twin-turbo inline-6 or V-8 engines paired to 8-speed automatic transmissions with standard all-wheel drive.
The xDrive40i serves as the gateway to the X7 lineup with its 335-horsepower inline-6, which is tasked with moving 5,400 pounds of unladen SUV. The xDrive50i features a twin-turbo V-8 puts out 456 hp and 479 pound-feet of torque and it's paired to a sport rear differential to provide it with better grip on a twisty road. An X7 M50i offers more than 500 horsepower and a rear differential for sportier driving.
Both X7s are rated to tow up to 7,500 pounds with the optional trailer hitch.
The X7 comes well-equipped with luxuries such as a 12.3-inch configurable screen for its instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment with advanced voice controls and available gesture controls. BMW offers Harman Kardon and Bowers & Wilkins audio systems as an upgrade over a standard stereo system.
All X7s ride on an air suspension that's height adjustable. An optional suspension connects to a forward-facing camera system that watches the road ahead and adjusts ride quality ahead of pavement imperfections.
The X7 sits relatively high off the ground with 8.7 inches of running ground clearance. Its suspension can be raised for better off-road clearance, but it's not likely to be a proper mud plugger like the Range Rover.
With distant relatives in the SUV world that include the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the X7 still has room to grow. It's likely BMW will offer plug-in hybrid versions within a couple of years, and ultra-luxury models are sure to follow.
The X7 is built alongside BMW's other SUVs—the X3 and X4, X5 and X6—at the automaker's assembly facility in Greer, South Carolina.