NEW MODEL

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BMW X7

BMW's long-anticipated X7 three-row crossover is finally here, and it was definately worth the long wait. In line with other competition like the Range Rover Vogue this enourmous SUV can be outfitted with either a three-seat bench or a pair of captain's chairs in the second row making it the ideal car for comfort, utility and driving.

Borrowing partially from the well known BMW X5 and partially from the 7 Series the X7's rich interior is well-appointed, tech-packed, and spacious.

Tech

This wonderful car offers a digital gauge display and a large 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen that dominates the dashboard and is extremely simple to use and user friendly. Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker audio system, integrated navigation, onboard Wi-Fi, and a wireless smartphone-charging point are all offered as standard. A great move by BMW and a giant step ahead of the competition of the brand. Plenty of luxury features can be found inside like heated front and back seats, a panoramic sunroof, a power-adjustable steering wheel and 12-color interior ambient lighting. As usual we found very useful the inclusion of automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert that are provided on all X7 models... about time !

Interior

Sitting in the new BMW X7 simply feels different to any other SUV from BMW. To start off you have never felt taller in a BMW in your life, to a point that when an X5 drove next to us we could hardly see it. Regardless, it still evokes that unique BMW feeling with its Individual Extended Merino leather upholstery and dynamic ambient lighting; however, thanks to the Panorama Glass Sunroof, which comes as standard, the spacious cabin and the beautiful finishes, this is not a car that will dissappoint.

Exterior

The X7 looks a lot like an X5 that has eaten its way up a few pant sizes. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as we think the current X5 and this new X7 both look pretty handsome. The X7's sheer size is enough to give it an imposing presence on the road. At 203.3 inches long, 78.7 inches wide, 71.1 inches tall, and with a wheelbase of 122.2 inches, this is by far the largest model BMW has ever built.

Pair the X7's stature with standard 21-inch wheels (or optional 22-inchers), BMW Laser Headlights with blue accents on the V8 model, and plenty of M Performance flavor, and we think BMW has landed on a winning design. Although, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the big grille in the room. People have criticized the X7's massive kidney grille, which is also found on the facelifted 7 Series. We think the grille matches the enormous size of the car in person and we doubt a smaller one would look any better. If anything, it is the area below the grille on the V8 model that looks overstyled in our eyes.

Performance

A wonderful pair of turbocharged engines that producing 335-hp with a 3.0-liter straight-six and a twin-turbo 456-hp 4.4-liter V-8 combined with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive really make this the exciting BMW we all expected. Furthermore to make your ride even better it's been equipped as standard with air suspensions that can be lifted or lowers with a touch of a button from the cabin and trunk. During our recent time with the X7 we found the straight-six to be torquey with a delay but too quiet most of the time. In comfort mode one would expect silence but in sport considering the power of the engine we would've expected much more. An air suspension with adaptive damping provides a smooth ride in Comfort mode while the selectable Sport mode tightens things up slightly and lowers the car for a more dynamic drive. A special off-road package is available and adds an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, off-road driving modes, and a front skidplate to protect the bottom of the engine in the event you are driving over a wild mountain or london ramp. We look forward to the 2020 BMW X7 that will have a new M50i model that has an anourmous V8 engine and new sporty upgrades.

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