A month ago, BMW Group Malaysia launched the latest generation of X vehicles in its fleet. Today, they dropped the daddy. The first-ever BMW X7, in xDrive40i guise, has graced us with its presence and a RM888,800 price tag.
Flared nostrils, 7-series luxury, massive space, 7 seats. Oh I’m sorry, did I just summarise it too soon? Well, that is what the BMW X7 is all about. It upstages The Boss (current BMW X5) in all measurable aspects and sits on the top of the BMW range like a dictator on a throne. It would be a dictator’s ideal vehicle, to be honest.
Although it sits on a modified G05 X5 platform, the X7 is 229mm longer and 60mm taller. The X7 is, of course, a fully fledged 7 seater, accepting adults in all 3 rows with ease to enjoy the upper-class lifestyle. If necessary, the second and third row will split 40:20:40 and 50:50 respectively, turning the X7 into a BMW van.
Diving into the physics of the X7, like all top tier German vehicles these days, it sits on air suspension, two-axle air suspension mind you. The onboard systems can individually control each unit to balance out uneven loads and ground clearance. Comfort is handled by the Dynamic Damper Control system which reads the road ahead and prepares the car for the bumps.
The interior is in a class of one. It’s full of wood trip, Sensatec leather and touch screen everything. As I mentioned earlier, every gadget on the 7 series is available here. BMW Connected Package, Gesture Control, BMW Live Cockpit Professional, Navigation system Professional and the cool 12.3-inch central touchscreen.
Similar to the 8 series, the gear lever is a gorgeous diamond cut piece. It’s chincy for some, but I freaking love it. While wafting from one location to another, enjoy music served to you via 464 watts and 16 Harmon Kardon speakers. Second-row passengers get a 10.2-inch touchscreen each too which they can enjoy in case the Sky lounge panorama glass roof gets boring. Among other toys available for the driver is the adaptive BMW laser light, LED fog lamps, high beam assistant, BMW Display Key and anti-dazzle wing/rear view mirrors.
Our favorite bit, power and performance. Despite weighing in at a smidge over 2.3tonnes, the X7 goes from 0 to 100kmh in 6.1 seconds and peaks at 245kmh. This is thanks to BMW’s 3.0L turbocharged inline six with 340hp and 450Nm. Paired with an 8-speed auto and a rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system, performance is a given.
With such gadgetry available, and price, the BMW X7 is punching into the luxury SUV market which already has long-running champions. Just like Thor in Ragnarok, the X7 is going to have to show them who’s the new boss. It certainly has the attitude for it.