BMW Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for its flagship X7 SUV which, in a surprise move for BMW, will see the entry-level model introduced upon the model’s initial launch.
The two-strong X7 lineup expected to go on sale locally in May will see the entry-level xDrive 30d variant lob in from just $119,900 – a mere $12,000 more than the equivalently-engined mid-size X5.
Setting the X7 apart from its smaller sibling, however, is its chops as a genuine seven-seater. While a third-row is only optional in the X5, it’s standard fit in the X7 which measures in 230mm longer at 5,151mm.
While two petrol engines and two diesels are available in the X7 globally, Australia is only set to receive the latter initially, meaning we miss out on the 3.0-litre turbo six and 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol mills.
The base xDrive 30d variants sport a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six with 195kW and 620Nm on tap, which is hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. 0-100km/h is achievable in a claimed 7.0 seconds, while fuel consumption is listed at a frugal 6.5L/100km.
Standard equipment for the xDrive 30d includes 20-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, head-up display, a fully-digital instrument panel, 12.3-inch iDrive infotainment screen, electrically operated seats for all three rows, and heated front seats.
Additionally, two trim packages will be available for the entry-level variant upon launch to build upon the standard specification – Design Pure Excellence, and the M Sport Package.
Stepping up to the range-topping M50d, which comes in M Sport trim as standard, retains the same basic 3.0-litre straight-six diesel under the bonnet. However, it’s now quad-turbocharged – with two conventional turbos and two with variable geometry – meaning it churns out a hefty 294kW and 760Nm.
The 0-100km/h sprint is over in a claimed 5.4 seconds in the M50d, while it’s kept in check through the corners with firmer suspension, a faster steering rack, rear-wheel steering, an M Sport rear differential, and larger brakes, while a sports exhaust should help it sound a little more vocal. Both variants also come with standard self-levelling air suspension.
Over the xDrive 30d’s standard equipment, the M50d adds 22-inch wheels, Shadow Line exterior highlights, the M Aerodynamics package, and Laserlight headlights on the outside; and extended leather, fine-wood interior trim inlays, an Alcantara headliner, a premium Harman Kardon audio system, and an M-branded steering wheel on the inside.
2019 BMW X7 pricing