• First full-size 3-row SUV from BMW
  • X7 xDrive40i and xDrive50i models offered
  • Priced from $73,900 and $92,600
  • Set to rival Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS

 

BMW has taken the wraps off its 2019 X7, the company’s first full-size 3-row SUV, which is set to arrive in U.S. showrooms next March. Built in Spartanburg, S.C., the new X7 will be offered in two models, the xDrive40i and xDrive50i, and will have standard seating for seven passengers. An optional second-row captain’s chair arrangement will provide seating for six.

Called a Sports Activity Vehicle by the German automaker, the X7 tops truck range with true full-size SUV dimensions. It rides on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, measures 203.3 inches in overall length, stands 78.7 inches wide and 71.1 inches tall. The X7 also boasts a ground clearance of 8.7 inches. The vehicles are equipped with standard air suspension and 21-inch wheels. Befitting the biggest vehicle in the BMW lineup, it also sports the largest twin kidney grille ever produced by the company. That grille is flanked by slim twin adaptive LED headlights that underscore the vehicle’s width.

Two powertrains

The 2019 BMW X7 range will be topped by the xDrive50i, powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine producing 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque, good for 0-60-mph acceleration of 5.2 seconds. The xDrive40i has a twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine which makes 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. BMW says this model accelerates to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Both engines are mated to 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmissions with a sequential paddle shift feature.

BMW has also adapted the navigation system to work with the transmission to adapt its shift strategy to the road ahead and driving conditions. It allows the transmission to be more proactive in its shifts and helps to ensure that gear changes feel more seamless and that the vehicle is already in the correct gear to meet the road conditions ahead. To save fuel, the powertrains are also equipped with a stop/start function and a coasting feature.

All 2019 X7 models are equipped with all-wheel drive, which has been upgraded to more precisely split torque distribution between the front and rear axles. Full power can be directed to the rear wheels when all-wheel-drive traction is unnecessary, further enhancing the driving characteristics of the vehicle.

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Priority on passenger comfort

The flowing lines and large greenhouse, along with rear doors that are longer than the front portals, emphasize the roominess of the cabin. Adding to the airy feeling is a standard 3-panel power panoramic sunroof. The electric sliding headliner shades also include separate controls for the third-row passengers. BMW says the third row is capable of comfortably seating two adults and points out that the second row has 5.7 inches of fore/aft adjustment.

A full suite of driver-assist and safety systems is offered including adaptive cruise control, active driving assist including lane keep and automatic lane change, and evasion aid which can help avoid collisions with vehicles or pedestrians that suddenly appear in the vehicle’s path. A parking assist that will automatically park the vehicle in parallel spaces is standard on the xDrive50i and optional on the xDrive40i.

The X7 also features a new display and control concept with two 12.3-inch high-definition screens, one positioned in front the driver and the other in the dash center. BMW’s seventh generation of iDrive includes the traditional console-mounted controller, backed by a touchscreen interface in the center stack.

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Pre-ordering and pricing

This will be the first BMW ever available for pre-order on the company’s website and once ordered, a local dealer will contact the buyer to finalize options and colors. Pre-order customers will receive priority in vehicle production.

Pricing for the 2019 BMW X7 xDrive40i will start at $73,900, while the flagship X7 xDrive50i starts at $92,600. 

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