Stefan Grundhof and Timothy Pancake
BMW hasn’t always made it easy for fans of the Bavarian brand lately: first there was XL «Kidney» (here more for BMW grille history), then controversial, to say the least (sarcastic: «buck-tooth») my heart is vertical. Like It can already be guessed in studies and prototypes It was, BMW ran the front more.
Angry tongues are already talking about “Citroënisation”. There is also, or in Hyundai, for example, there are SUVs with very low beams that are crowned with daytime running lights that work “eyebrows” – as they are now before the still-discreet new car 7 seconds Uploaded version of X7 built since 2019 she wears.
face of the future
The future “face” of BMW’s luxury class models is a matter of taste. Experience has shown that it looks more harmonious in real life than in pictures. In addition to the new front, the impressive 5.16-meter X7 brings new taillights. Just no new drives. Because the standard third row of seats prevents the battery, BMW says.
The seven seats in three rows are electrically operated. On the steering wheel, you can now look at the 12.3-inch curved, flat screen of the iX and i4 electric models, and the navigation or audio system can be operated using speech, gestures or touch on the 14.9-inch screen. The panoramic roof brings plenty of light into the X7’s interior, and the massive cargo volume is 2,120 liters with the seats folded down.
It only comes as a mild hybrid
Instead of an electric, component, or full-hybrid engine, the X7 has only 48-volt mild-hybrid engines with 12 hp (9 kW) and an additional 200 Nm. The futuristic top model is the X7 M60i xDrive with a V8 gasoline engine with a power of 530 hp (390 kW), which accelerates to 100 km / h in 4.7 seconds and, according to the standard, consumes 12.2 to 13.3 l / 100 km.
Also new is the R6 petrol engine in the X7 40i with 380 hp (280 kW). For those who fret about the X7 M50d’s 400 hp turbo diesel, the 352 hp (259 kW) X7 40d has a top speed of 243 km/h at 7.6 to 8.7 l/100 km depending on WLTP amenities. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are standard on the X7, as are air suspension, adjustable chassis and 20-inch wheels. The 23-inch or illuminated “college” model is an attractive option. The X7 built in Spartanburg (USA) in the summer starts at 119,900 CHF.
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