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BMW has unveiled a new member of its SUV range, with the tall and luxurious X7 aimed at the top of the food chain with its big dimensions and high-end features.
Revealed in international guise, the new BMW large SUV sits proudly on new multi-spoke wheels and can be recognised by its big kidney grille – in fact, it is the largest kidney grille in BMW history.
Like the 7 Series sedan, the X7 is clearly aimed at the top-end luxury SUV segment, and while local pricing and specifications have yet to be confirmed, an approximate price tag of $200,000 is not out of the question when it arrives in Q2 of 2019.
The luxury theme continues inside, with a three-part panoramic glass roof, crystal-look glass controls, wood-grain trim pieces and multimedia screens aplenty for front and rear seat passengers.
Globally, the X7 will launch in March next year with four variants on offer, starting with the entry-level xDrive40i which is powered by a 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine, capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds with a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 8.7L/100km.
The second petrol variant, the xDrive50i, gets its power from a 340kW/650Nm 4.4-litre V8 engine, completing the 0-100km/h dash in 5.4 seconds and using 11.4L/100km.
Meanwhile, both the xDrive30d and M50d are motivated by 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, with the former tamed to 195kW/620Nm, and the M-fettled range-topper tuned to 294kW/760Nm for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.4 seconds.
All X7s are equipped with an eight-speed 'Steptronic' auto transmission, sending grunt to all four corners, which are cushioned by an adaptive air suspension system.
Measuring 5151mm long, 2000mm wide and 1805mm tall, the design of the German high-rider is reminiscent of its smaller X5 and X3 siblings, but has a number of chrome accents and new touches to set itself apart.
Three light-alloy wheel options will be available, ranging from 20- to 22-inches in size, and narrow LED lights are standard front-and-rear.
Inside, the X7 features three rows of seats and is fitted with the latest version of the 'BMW Live Cockpit Professional' system, presented on a large display and a fully digital instrument cluster.
As to be expected, a strong suite of driver assistance systems are featured including active cruise control, steering and lane control assist, lane change warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assistant with side collision protection, evasion aid, cross traffic alert, priority warning and wrong-way warning.
A new head-up display is also equipped, as well as a rear-view camera and reversing and parking assistance technologies.