How big do you want your Bimmer? If you said extra large then your prayers have been answered in the form of the all-new, first-ever X7. As the name suggests, it's based on the 7 Series and it also serves as the flagship crossover of the BMW range.
Just how big is the X7? Measuring in at over 5.1 meters long, 2 meters wide and 1.8 meters tall, the latest crossover from BMW is the largest vehicle they have built to date. It also weighs a hefty 2,395 kilograms. These figures put the X7 head to head against its main rival from Mercedes-Benz, the GLS.
It also has the largest kidney grill among all its crossover stablemates, giving it a bold, brash look. The grill is then flanked by a pair of slim headlights, which still integrates the light signature found in BMWs of the past and present. Gentle creases are seen on the side and large windows further accents the crossover's tall dimensions. Also, the signature Hoffmeister Kink is present, sticking to BMW tradition. Over at the back, the taillights adapts the slim look of the headlights while keeling the classic L-shape look.
Inside, it's a mix of soft lines and defined angles. L-shaped air-conditioning vents flank the corners of the dash and the center stack sees hexagonal shapes. The X7 employs a fully digital instrument cluster and the latest generation of the iDrive infotainment system. As for the rest of the cabin, leather drapes the seats and door panels, along with various options for wood or aluminum trimmings. Also, seats for seven is standard although the second row can be specified to captain chairs and turn the X7 into a six-seater.
Four engine options are available on launch. Two of these are turbocharged gasoline and, the others, turbodiesels. The range starts with the X7 30d xDrive with its 3.0-liter turbodiesel making 265 PS and 620 Nm of torque. A step above the six-cylinder diesel is the X7 40i xDrive with its turbocharged straight-six putting 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque. There's also the X7 50i xDrive and its turbocharged V8 produces 462 PS and 650 Nm of torque. Last but not least is the X7 M50d which has a quad-turbo diesel that makes an impressive 400 PS and a whopping 760 Nm of torque.