After making its international debut in March, BMW X7 has been launched in India today along with the new 7 Series sedan. New BMW X7 is the biggest SUV in BMW’s portfolio, measuring 5,151 mm in length, 2,000 mm in width and 1,805 mm in height. Price starts from Rs 98.9 lakh, ex-sh, India.
New X7 is set to dominate the roads with its stately design and large 21-inch alloy wheels. At the front, it gets a massive kidney grille, probably the largest of its kind used in a BMW car. The grille is so big that it dwarfs the impressively designed headlights. However, X7 has the right curves at the right places, which ensure that the SUV does not look boxy or oversized.
Interiors of X7 are super luxurious and comfy, featuring the finest leather, wood panelling and metal accents. Key features include panorama glass roof, luxurious lounge chairs, plush upholstery, power adjustment on all seats, extra spacious (even for third row passengers).
It gets fully digital instrument cluster, two 12.3 inch display screens, voice commands, gesture controls and driver assistance systems. Boot space is around 326 litres, but can be increased by folding down the third or even the second row. Seats can be folded electrically with the push of a button.
BMW X7 in India comes in 1 petrol and 1 diesel engine option. BMX X7 diesel is xDrive30d DPE Signature variant. Engine is a 2993 cc, 6-cylinder diesel unit that generates 265 hp of max power and 620 Nm of max torque. Acceleration is also quite good with just 7 seconds needed to reach from 0 to 100 kmph. Mileage claimed is 13.38 kmpl
Customers looking for more power can choose the xDrive40i variant, which is powered by a 3 liter petrol inline 6 cylinder motor. This engine delivers 340 hp and 450 Nm torque. This one needs just 6.1 seconds to get from 0 to 100. Mileage claimed is 10.54 kmpl. Both variants are mated to an 8 speed Steptronic automatic transmission.
If the engine output appears much higher than usual, keep in mind that the lightest variant of X7 weighs a massive 2.3 tons. Diesel variant is assembled in India at company plant in Chennai, while petrol variant is imported as CBU.
In terms of safety, BMW X7 gets blind spot warning, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, pedestrian and cyclist detection, automatic parallel parking, head-up display, 360° camera system, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist.