The BMW X7 is the German automaker’s largest and latest flagship model in their vast X range of Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs). The X7 was first introduced to the world as the iPerformance concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2017. However, it is now finally available in the United Arab Emirates and is offered in two variants – the entry-level 40i xDrive and the range-topping M50i xDrive. The retail price for the former is a little over AED 400,000, whilst the M50i will set you back by around AED 500,000.
BMW’s new full-size luxury SUV (or SAV) is built on the marque’s latest Cluster Architecture, and in the UAE, will go up against other segment heavyweights such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Land Rover Range Rover, Lincoln Navigator, and Cadillac Escalade. As is evident, the BMW X7 is a goliath of an SUV – measuring 5,151mm in length, 2,000mm in width, 1,805mm in height, and boasting a wheelbase of 3,105mm. Its sheer size makes it hard to shake off this SUV’s immense presence, something that’s accentuated by its exterior styling treatments.
The front fascia of the new X7 sports the largest kidney grille to be ever installed on any BMW, and is flanked by sleek headlamps with optional BMW Laserlight technology. The burly front bumper looks extra sporty and aggressive in the top variant, where there are multiple air intake channels and vertically-arranged slits to aid with better cooling and airflow management. Rounding things off are a pair of LED fog lights and a muscular-looking bonnet. The side profile is dominated by the X7’s massive 21-inch alloy wheels, extended wheel arches, shiny lower-body trim, strong character lines, prominent roof rails and ultra-large rear doors.
The sculpted (yet quite boxy) rear of the X7 features a split tailgate, with the upper half incorporating the stylish LED tail lights along with a strip of chrome, and there’s also a roof spoiler and butch-looking back bumper with faux exhaust tips and a skid plate. The interior of the BMW X7 is truly spacious, and thanks to the huge windows and three-part panoramic sunroof arrangement, this cabin feels serene and airy. The three-row layout of the X7 means that it can carry up to seven occupants, with the third row easily swallowing up average-sized adults. Finally, with all the seats in place, the overall boot capacity is a fairly decent 326 litres.
The interior of the new BMW X7 feels premium, sophisticated and bang up-to-date. Its build and material quality are second-to-none, while the equipment list is plenty long. You can get adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, air suspension, power-operated seats, full-leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, head-up display, ‘Sky Lounge’ LED cabin lights, heated & cooled cup holders, ambient lighting, Bowers & Wilkins sound rig, 12.3-inch digital driver’s display and head unit, 3D-view camera parking system etc.
Safety kit on the X7 includes nine airbags, collision detection and mitigation, electronic stability and traction control programmes, blind-spot warning and a lane-departure assist, driver attention assist, anti-lock brakes, to name a few. All BMW X7s in the UAE comes with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed automatic transmission as standard. The base 40i variant gets a 340-horsepower straight-six petrol engine with 450Nm of torque and can propel this 2.3-tonne SUV to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds. Meanwhile, the range-topping M50i makes 530hp and 750Nm out of its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8. This means a top speed of 250 km/h and a nought to 100 km/h sprint time of fewer than 5 seconds! The BMW X7 with the six-cylinder motor should average around 9.5 L/100 km, while the eight-cylinder model can return about 11.1 L/100 km.