BMW is all set to launch the new X7 premium, full size SUV in India sometime later this year. It will be the company’s new flagship SUV which will enter a segment currently commanded by the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, Lexus LX and Toyota Land Cruiser. Ahead of launch, the SUV has now been spied by Automobili Ardent, who have shared images online.
BMW X7 SUV is a 7 seater SUV. It is the biggest SUV in BMW’s portfolio. It will be locally built in India at the company’s Chennai facility which should allow for its affordable pricing. BMW India has started conducting private previews for potential customers at some company dealerships in the country.
In terms of design, the BMW X7 will get a three part panoramic sun roof, the company’s signature kidney grille, LED headlamps and is based on the stretched out X5 platform which can accommodate 6-7 persons.
2019 BMW X7 gets a dashboard with two 12.3” screens. One is to deliver driver data via instrument cluster and the other is the touchscreen infotainment screen. You can use touch, gesture as well as voice commands to interact with the system. The cabin boasts of two firewalls with sound absorbing material in between. This gives best in class NVH levels.
The interiors, done up in a tan and black color scheme get a high positioned driver’s seat. It receives a crystal coated iDrive knob and a crystal gear lever with a start stop button in its right side. Passenger comforts include soft cushions for middle row passengers with integrated headrests, seats with arm rests on sides and cup holders for each seat.
Where safety is concerned, the BMW X7 gets a braking system with disc brakes on all wheels with anti lock braking system and brake assist. It also receives occupant protection system with surround airbags for driver and co-passenger, curtain airbags for the middle and third row and driver knee airbag. Safety is also augmented via driver alert system, pedestrian alert, emergency brake assist and parking assist with audio and video alerts.
The model on test in India sported a 3.0 liter, inline, 6 cylinder diesel engine offering around 400 PS power and 760 Nm torque. It comes with the M badge, which means this is the top of the line M50d variant. Also spied on test in India is the xDrive 40i petrol variant. This one is powered by a 3 liter petrol inline six, which delivers 340PS and 450Nm.
Entry level diesel xDrive 30d with 3.0 liter, inline, 6 cylinder makes 265 PS power and 620 Nm torque; will also come to India. The xDrive 50i variant, with 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 that offers 450 PS power might not be on offer in India. The BMW X7 gets an 8 speed automatic gearbox across all variants. Prices of the new BMX X7 in the Indian market are expected to be in the Rs 1.5 cr range.