It wasn’t that long ago when BMW released images of their new design architecture, and in a few initial renderings the cars has what can only be described as a monstrous kidney grille. The kidney grille on the front of a BMW is the car’s signature, it’s unmistakable and no other automaker has anything like it. So when these new designs showed off a kidney grille that was easily three times larger, it pretty much broke the internet. Even BMW die-hards had trouble telling people they liked the look, it just couldn’t be done with a straight face. The thing is, the design did start to grow of many who initially didn’t like it. While it did look odd on the 3-series models, the large kidney grilles have always looked good on the BMW SUV range. With this latest release of the biggest BMW in production, that oversized kidney grille looks right at home, it works just right with the bigger proportions of the 7-seater SUV. This all-new BMW X7 grew into the right size, and the SXdrv crew is a fan of the outcome.
The BMW X7 is the most successful BMW model in the luxury class, and with the performance it has available, the term SUV has been replaced by SAV, which is an acronym for Sports Activity Vehicle. That’s not to say the BMW X7 is aimed at any kind of offroading, although we’re sure it will be able to hold its own with proper dedicated 4x4s if it was put to test. Adding to that imposing front end is a new-look M Sport package that includes a set of lightweight alloy wheels in a large 23-inch diameter (as a factory option of course), the biggest on offer from the automaker. The new X7 also features the latest-generation iDrive system that includes that smooth and eye-pleasing BMW Curved Display, it’s also running the latest BMW operating system, which is in its 8th generation now. With the X7 being the range-topper in the SUV/SAV offerings, you just know that the levels of luxury and convenience have also levelled up, and so we also find an expanded range of standard equipment along with a host of options that will let prospective owners configure the best setup to suit their individual wants and needs. The all-new BMW X7 also features the latest 48V mild hybrid technology over the three engine variants on offer.
The engine range is good, there’s a new 4.4-litre petrol V8 with M TwinPower Turbo technology and a cross-bank exhaust manifold with 390 kW (530 hp) and 750 Nm of torque. There’s an inline six with 280 kW (380 hp) with 520 Nm of torque that can be raised to as much as 540 Nm with the addition of the mild hybrid system. On the diesel front, the inline six for the BMW X7 xDrive40d with 259 kW (352 hp) and 700 Nm of torque, which can also be increased to as much as 720 Nm, again with a mild hybrid system. This is a new-generation 48V mild hybrid technology system consisting of a crankshaft-mounted starter generator integrated into the transmission to contribute 9 kW (12) hp with an extra 200 Nm of torque. The new BMW X7 range makes use of an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
Take a look at the YouTube video about the latest range-topper from the BMW stable, the monstrous BMW X7 below: The new X7 | BMW.
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