This is the new BMW X7, a 7-seater from Spartanburg

The CLAR platform has already finished its expansion. Presented at the BMW 7-Series, it now covers all rear-wheel drive models produced by the German carmaker. And it even helped it get one more product to the brand’s portfolio, one that many clients were requesting: a 7-seater SUV. This is the new BMW X7, a car that will very likely share the top of the price charts for BMW beside the 8-Series.

The BMW X7 can carry 7 people, as we already stated, but the second roll of seats can offer 2 individual places, for a more luxurious experience. It is 5.15 m long, 2 m wide, 1.81 tall and has a wheelbase of 3.11 m. With the 7 seats in place, its luggage compartment holds only 326 l, but it can be expanded to 2.120 l.

The new SUV will only be sold in March 2019, but it already has 4 defined variants:

  • xDrive40i, with the traditional 3 litre 6-cylinder Twin-Scroll engine, able to deliver 250 kW from 5,500 rpm to 6,500 rpm and 450 Nm from 1,500 rpm to 5,200 rpm;
  • xDrive50i, powered by a 4 litre biturbo V8 that generates 340 kW from 5,250 rpm up to 6,000 rpm and 650 Nm from 1,500 rpm to 4,750 rpm;
  • xDrive30d, with a 3 litre 6-cylinder turbodiesel engine that delivers 195 kW at 4,000 rpm and 620 Nm from 2,000 rpm to 2,500 rpm;
  • M50d, com 294 kW at 4,400 rpm and 760 Nm from 2,000 rpm up to 3,000 rpm. 

There is only one transmission option, the 8-speed automatic from ZF. Expect for a price around 100,000 € in Europe when its sales start. Although it is said to be a product for China by some analysts, the trade war between the Asian country and the USA, where the car will be initially produced, can be a hindrance. It is almost certain that the X7 will also be built in the biggest car market in the planet as well.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.