BMW offers a pretty wide range of utility vehicles, from big to small, V-8s to plug-in hybrids, and even crossover coupes. But there remains one major hole in the lineup: a full-size SUV. The 2019 BMW X7 will make a belated entrance into this highly lucrative segment when it goes on sale in the U.S. in March 2019. At this time, it will compete against established players including the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Lexus LX, and Infiniti QX80.
BMW is making up for lost time with a design that signals the X7’s position at the top of the lineup. The model features the largest kidney grille ever for a BMW. Measuring 9 inches longer than the X5, the size of this SUV also makes an impact. Bright accents adorn the exterior, including a chrome bar that connects the taillights, a detail shared with the 7 Series.
The X7 seats seven passengers in standard configuration, or six when equipped with captain’s chairs. Vinyl seats are standard, but buyers can opt for leather seats in a host of different colors. Third-row passengers aren’t assigned to a penalty box; instead, they receive cupholders, armrests, their own sunroof, and controls for the rear sliding shade. There are buttons on the rear doors and in the cargo area to fold up or raise the backrests of the second- and third-row seats. The second-row seats can be tilted to make it easier to access the third row.
Keeping things simple, BMW is offering two trims: the xDrive40i and xDrive50i. Engine choices mirror those on the X5. The 40i comes with a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with a single twin-scroll turbocharger. It makes 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, which BMW says is enough to run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.
Customers can pre-order the X7 online, a first for BMW. Pre-ordering begins this month, and those who go through the process will receive priority vehicle production. Prices begin at $74,895 for the 40i and $93,595 for the 5oi.