This week BMW finally unveiled its flagship SUV, and it’s a big deal. Literally. The 2019 X7 is the automaker’s largest vehicle yet — about 9 inches longer than the X5 — and features, in the words of BMW, “the largest kidney grille ever designed for a BMW model.” At 203.3 inches long, and boasting 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and three rows of seats, the X7 is set to compete directly with America’s large, truck-based SUVs (take notes, Chevy Tahoe).
BMW sets its SUV apart from the pack with clean, hard-edged lines, menacing headlights, and, of course, the aforementioned gargantuan grille. It’s built to fit in a whole swath of stuff, including all your friends — or seven of them, which, for an adult man, is plenty. Three-row seating is standard, with the option for a middle bench seat or two captains’ chairs.
The X7 comes with all the modern tech BMW has to offer, including twin 12.3-inch screen for all your infotainment needs. There are sunroof panels over every row of eating, plus four-zone climate control. If you so desire, there is also an option for a 1,500-watt Harmon Kardon sound system and an LED-illuminated sunroof that can different patterns and colours against the glass.
Powering this behemoth is the buyer’s choice of a single-turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 in the xDrive40i or a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 in the xDrive50i. The six-cylinder makes 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, while the V8 makes 456 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Both options are connected to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
The X7 will hit dealerships March of 2019, and Canadian pricing will be revealed closer to the release date. Stateside, the xDrive40i starts at US$74,895, while the xDrive50i starts at US$93,595. We’re excited for this thing. Big time.