2018 LA Auto Show: BMW X7 flagship SUV makes its debut in North America

Article by Christian A., on December 5, 2018

More than a month ago since introducing the BMW X7 to the global public, the German premium carmaker has unveiled its flagship SUV to the North American audience at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. This is quite ironic since the BMW X7 is built at the carmaker’s Spartanburg manufacturing site in South Carolina.

There is quite no need to tell all the details about the new BMW X7. Nonetheless, the X7 that will soon arrive in the United States will be available in two guises, powered only by petrol engines. As what BMW has revealed, the X7 SUV will be offered either as the X7 xDrive40i or the X7 xDrive50i. The BMW X7 xDrive40i has a core in the persona of a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six engine. This mill is tuned to deliver 335 hp (250 kW) of max output as well as 330 lb.-ft. (447 Nm). This power is enough for the xDrive40i to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.8 seconds.

On the other hand, BMW is offering a more powerful version of the X7 SUV, which would be an ideal fit for customers who wanted to squeeze more performance from the flagship. The BMW X7 xDrive50i will be powered by a newly developed twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that can deliver 456 hp (340 kW) of max motive power as well as 479 lb.-ft. (649 Nm) of peak torque. This engine can send the X7 xDrive50i sprinting from nil to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, or around 0.6 seconds quicker than the X7 xDrive40i.

Both versions of the BMW X7 employ an updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission, which features a wider gear ratio spread and new control electronics. When they arrive, the BMW X7 xDrive40i and X7 xDrive50i will have starting prices of $73,900 and $92,600, respectively. Interestingly, the X7 xDrive50i won't be offered in Europe.

In Europe, the BMW X7 is also available in two more versions, both served by powerful diesel engines. One of these is the X7 xDrive30d which comes with a 3.0-liter inline six diesel engine that develops up to 261 hp (195 kW) of output and up to 457 lb.-ft. (620 Nm) of torque. The other diesel offering in Europe is the BMW X7 M50d M Performance model, which will be powered by a quad-turbo 3.0-liter turbo-diesel mill that is tuned to deliver up to 395 hp (294 kW) of output and up to 551 lb.-ft. (760 Nm) of torque.

As standard, the new BMW X7 can accommodate seven occupants in three rows of seat. They are seated in two full-sized seats in the first row), three full-sized seats in the second row as well as a seat bench for two passengers in the third row. Optionally, the X7 can become a six-seater SUV, as made possible by fitting two individual seats for the second row, which features integrated armrests and comfort cushions.

The new BMW X7 comes standard with a three-part panoramic glass roof and a four-zone automatic climate control. It also features ambient lighting with precise LED contour lighting for the instrument panel, center console and door trim.

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