BMW India has just launched its biggest and most expensive SUV – the X7. The BMW X7 luxury SUV is priced at Rs. 98.90 lakhs, ex-showroom India, for both the petrol and diesel versions. The SUV rivals the likes of the Mercedes Benz GLS, the Audi Q7 and the Range Rover Vogue. The X7 also offers the most seats on a BMW car sold in India – 7 on the petrol powered version and 6 captain seats on the diesel powered model. The petrol version of the SUV can be specified with a 6 seat layout as an option. The X7 sits above the BMW X5 in the German luxury car maker’s line up. The first thing you’ll notice about the X7 is how massive the BMW kidney grille has gotten, and this gives the SUV a bold, in-your-face look that some will appreciate while others may not like.
The SUV is available with a 3 liter-straight 6 turbo petrol engine with 340 Bhp-450 Nm outputs, and a diesel engine that’s also a 3 liter-straight six turbocharged motor with 265 Bhp-620 Nm. Both engines are paired with 8 speed ZF torque converter automatic gearboxes with an all wheel drive layout as standard. The all wheel drive feature gets multiple terrain modes that varies the torque and braking to all four wheels depending on the grip levels.The diesel powered variant is assembled in India at BMW’s Chennai factory through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route while the petrol powered model is a full import.
This explains why the petrol powered version of the BMW X7 loses out on some features. Talking of features, laser headlamps, ambient lighting, panoramic three-piece sunroof, digital instrument cluster, 5 zone climate control, autonomous parking and a reclining function for all-three rows are the key bits on the diesel version. The petrol version gets LED adaptive headlamps and a quad zone climate control as key feature changes from the diesel model.
BMW will bring in an even more powerful, top-of-the-line version of the X7 with the M badge in a few months time. the BMW X7 M50d will be a diesel powered M-badged model, and will use a quad turbocharger equipped 3 liter, inline 6 engine that makes 400 Bhp of peak power and 760 Nm of peak torque. The 8 speed torque converter automatic gearbox will be carried over.
The M-badged BMW X7 will be imported into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route, and is likely to be priced close to Rs. 1.5 crores. Apart from the more powerful engine, the SUV is expected to get a slew of changes in terms of styling, with many carbon fiber bits on the outside and revised interiors. To handle all that torque and do justice to the hallowed M badge, the BMW X7 M50d will get stiffer springs, and active suspension that gets multiple modes to suit various driving conditions.