In 1999, BMW and Mercedes were the first major car brands to fully step into the SUV market. Sure, we had Range Rovers and Land cruisers back then, but they always remained a niche. BMW launched the X5 and Merc the ML, they were dubbed SAV’s (sports activity vehicle), and a market was born. Now, 19 years later and the SUV market has been entered by high-end brands like Porsche, Bentley, and Rolls Royce. It’s such a potent market that even Ferrari is developing one. BMW owns Rolls Royce and Range Rover, and with the X7 they’re looking to fill the gap between the X5 and the Range.
The X7 is X5’s larger, more luxurious brother. We wouldn’t exactly call the X7 a beauty on the outside, but from the inside it’s absolutely stunning, carrying all the toys and quality from the 7-series, with enough luggage space to transport the whole family on their skiing holiday.
Engine-wise the X7 carries an xDrive 40i petrol engine with 340hp a 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds, which is nice of course, but it is the diesel that really moves. The M50d diesel, with three turbos (!), launches the X7 from 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds. And for a car that size (the thing weighs more than 5000 pounds), that’s just mighty impressive. These are all 6-cylinders, and 8-cylinder engines are expected to follow suit.
Again, the machine isn’t a looker, but it’s undeniably impressive. It hits the market in March 2019 with prices running up to approx. 160.000 Euros. When compared to the Rolls Royce Cullinan, with a price tag starting from 400.000 Euros, that’s a bargain.