BMW launched the X7 flagship SUV in India yesterday for a price of Rs. 98.90 lakhs, ex-showroom and here’s everything you need to know about the X7.
BMW launched the all-new X7 flagship SUV in India yesterday at a price of Rs. 98.90 lakhs, ex-showroom. This is the first time the X7 has been launched in India and it will sit above the X5 in the company’s lineup as their new flagship SUV. The India launch of the BMW X7 sees it coming with two engines – a petrol and a diesel. Here’s everything you need to know about the grandest BMW SUV in the country.
Starting off with the styling, the X7 comes across as a huge, stately barge on wheels. There’s nothing beating the sheer size of this BMW X7. The X7 gets a very traditional upright SUV design with smooth flowing lines and curves bringing out the muscles of the SUV. Its just the sheer size that dominates. The face gets slim LED headlamps with BMW laser light technology and yes of course, the rather large BMW kidney grille. It seems too large at first sight but then it grows on you. The bumpers are very well sculpted with large air dams and come with chrome garnish. At the rear, the LED tail-lights are connected by a strip of chrome with again a chunky bumper down below.
Stepping inside, the BMW X7 really feels like the flagship SUV of the company. You are greeted with two 12.3 inches screens – one being the instrument cluster and the other being the infotainment system. The interior layout is also the newest interior design language we have seen in BMW cars and it really looks neat and sophisticated. The infotainment system has been moved closer to driver and is connected to the instrument cluster. The AC vent’s housing with its controls have also been completely redesigned and are much sharper than before. The center console down below remains familiar but gets new flashy bits of glass on the gear lever and iDrive controller.
Features and Equipment
The India launch of the BMW 7 series sees three row seating with six or seven seat configuration. Features on board include a digital instrument cluster, five-zone climate control, ambient lighting that is also present on the three-piece glass sunroof, park assist (autonomous parking) and a reclining function for all-three rows. The petrol X7 however gets four-zone climate control and does not come with the rear entertainment package. The diesel X7 comes with six seat configuration as standard while the petrol comes with seven seats as standard but could be specced with six seats as well.
The BMW X7 xDrive40i is powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six, turbo-petrol engine that churns out 340hp and 450Nm of torque. The diesel xDrive30d gets a 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-diesel engine that produces 265hp and 620Nm of torque. Both engines come paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system with surface-specific modes. BMW will also launch the range-topping X7 M50d with 400hp and 760Nm from a 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder, quad-turbocharged diesel engine, later in October this year in India.
Pricing and Competition
Both the petrol and diesel variants of the BMW X7 has been priced at Rs. 98.90 lakhs, ex-showroom. The diesel X7 will be come to the country via the CKD route and will then be assembled here whereas the petrol X7 will come as a CBU unit. The BMW X7 rivals the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Land Rover Range Rover and the upcoming Audi Q8 as well.