BMW has launched its top of the line SUV X7 today in India. BMW has launched two variants of the SUV and both of them are priced at the same price of Rs 98.90 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi).
BMW unveiled the latest X7 last year in October and there were various changes in features and technology compared to the previous version. The first thing to notice is that the X7 comes with 3rd-row seats. Yes, a proper luxury SUV to accommodate 7 people. It also has the largest kidney grille ever on a BMW. X7 has a massive silhouette and is huge from all dimensions.
The X7 is based on the same Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform as the latest X5, it measures 5,151mm long, 2,000mm wide, 1,805mm tall and has a wheelbase of 3,105mm. The front gets sleek looking two-lamp design headlight and LED daytime running lights. You have the option for Laser headlights too. The rear also gets LED taillights and a wide strip of chrome that connect both the taillights. With all the rows up boot space stand at 326-litre, but when you fold the second and third-row down you get a massive 2,120-litres of boot space.
Coming to the interior you get a huge 12.3-inch infotainment display which features the latest version of iDrive, with a voice-command system that responds when you say “Hey BMW.” You get another 12.3-inch screen for the instrument cluster. It also comes with Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless charging, Five-zone automatic climate control with front and rear heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and even heated front seat armrests, 6 USB ports, six-color ambient lighting, parking assistant plus with a surround-view camera, a heads-up display, soft-close automatic doors, and gesture control.
That’s not all there is a 3-panel Panoramic roof with led. Which can make 15,000 different patterns on the sunroof. Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear collision warning, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, hill start, and descent control, and automatic emergency braking. The car gets an adaptive air suspension which can change the height of the car according to the terrain and speeds. The ground clearance stands in at 220mm so you need not worry about scraping the big SUV.
Two types of engines are on offer in India. The xDrive40i is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder, the turbo-petrol engine which makes 340hp and 450Nm of torque. This helps X7 to hit a tonne in just 6.1 seconds. Then there is the xDrive30d which is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine churning 256hp and 620Nm of torque. It hits a tonne in 7 seconds. Both of these engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which powers all wheels via BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system.
BMW has kept the same price for both the petrol and diesel variant. This is possible by localizing the assembly of the xDrive30d in India, while the xDrive40i comes through the CBU route. BMW X7 comes with eight color option in India: Alpine White, Mineral White, Black Sapphire, Vermont Bronze, Arctic Grey Brilliant Effect, Phytonic Blue, Sophisto Grey Brilliant effect and Manhattan metallic. Four different material options for the interiors. It gets 21-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels with run-flat tires. BMW X7 will compete with Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and Audi Q7.