World Debut: BMW Decides to Make a 7-Passenger SUV

BMW rounds out SUV family with largest X model entry

Los Angeles, California – This was a big year for full-size SUVs. Particularly, with new models like Subaru’s 3-row Ascent we covered from LA last year and VW’s 7-passenger Atlas (reviewed here).

So it’s no shocker BMW decided to get in on the action, entering the segment late with the first-ever 2019 X7, making its world debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show today. Though we did get a glimpse of the X7 iPerformance concept last year.

In true automaker verbiage, the German states the X7 is “the first car to fuse the presence, exclusivity and spaciousness of a luxury model with the agile and versatile driving properties expected of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).”

…in other words: a full-size luxury SUV with off-roading ambitions.

Key Features of the 2019 BMW X7

The big Bimmer joins two other larger haulers including the best-selling, brawny mid-size X5 which first arrived in 1999, and the odd X6 mid-size crossover considered by many one of the ugliest vehicles on the market. Smaller options include the X1, X3, and X4 crossovers.

Exterior

Exterior styling-wise, the X7 looks sharp and sleek, appropriately blending luxury with aggressive features the way only BMW can pull off; the rear design is a bit squared-off with long horizontal lines including wraparound taillights. With a length measuring 5,5150 mm and wheelbase at 3,100 mm, BMW’s latest X model entry is the largest in the series. Some differentiating features include ground clearance on the higher side, a long roofline, and a two-section split tailgate.

Wheel options include 21-inch and 22-inch alloy rollers; 20-inch light alloy wheels come standard.

xOffroad Package

Apparently, the luxury X7 flexes its off-road chops too with an xOffroad Package to include specific off-roading driver select modes, specific xDrive and gearbox, two-axle air suspension with lifted ground clearance, off-road differential lock, and a protective underguard up front.

X7 Interior: Standards vs Options

2019 bmw x7 interior

The cockpit gets a 3rd-generation HUD that’s both larger and informative. Some standards include the 4-zone automatic climate control (5-zone is optional), ambient lighting (Ambient Air package optional) and 3-section panoramic glass roof up top (Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge optional).

Other features you’ll need to pay extra for include controls with glass applications, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and Rear-seat entertainment.

2019 bmw x7 rear cargo open
The 2019 X7 xDrive40i and X7 xDrive50i offers seating for 6 with the optional middle row captains seats or 7 riders. Pic: Driving.ca

Release Date

Built in the US, expect the new X7 to hit dealerships March 2019. We’ll have pricing once officially announced.

Shooting motors professionally since film was a thing, Amee's work has been published in various outlets including NBC Sports, Chicago Tribune, SuperStreet, GlobeDrive, MotorTrend, and others. He's a writer, editor at TractionLife.com, AJAC member, and full-time digital marketer at Traction Media working with national brands. Find him traveling, spending time with his kids and family. Or golfing, badly.