The 2019 BMW X7 is one of the latest models from the automaker’s lineup and is also the largest SUV from the brand. BMW confirmed that it would be producing the X7 in 2014, but it did not arrive until 2018. This is also the fifth BMW manufactured in the automaker’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, facility.
Styling and Exterior
In terms of styling, the 2019 X7 bears a strong resemblance to the smaller X5, which is not a surprise. Even so, it is more than capable of standing out. The twin-kidney grille in the front of the BMW X7 is clearly larger than on other BMW models and has a slightly different shape due to its size. While the X7 features LED headlamps in the same layout as on the X5, the overall shape is slimmer and runs into the grille frame, helping the front of the SUV appear wider. There is also a thinner intake above the apron and a chrome stripe running up into the side vents.
The side skirts are beefier and feature steps. The X7 has a massive profile compared to other BMW SUVs. It also has longer rear doors, making it easier to get into all seating positions. Surprisingly, the BMW X7 has smaller taillights than the X5, as they are slimmer. The rear features chrome trim and horizontal lines.
Inside the X7
If you are familiar with the interior of the BMW X5, then you already know what to expect from the cabin of the 2019 X7, as the two are essentially identical. Considering that the X5 was just redesigned, this is not necessarily a bad thing. You get a modern cabin with clean structures for the dashboard and electroplated accents. The center console features an iDrive Controller, a start/stop button, and an electronic parking brake switch. It also has switches for Driving Experience Control and controls for off-road modes and air suspension. You will get to relax on fine materials, such as black SensaTec or one of nine premium leather on the lowest trim level.
Unsurprisingly, you can configure the X7 with a wealth of options and high-end features. The Cold Weather Package, for example, has five-zone automatic climate control, heated seats in the front and rear, a heated steering wheel, and heated front armrests. The Premium Package has cooled and heated cup holders, gesture control, a head-up display, rear electric side window shades, and soft-close automatic doors.
The BMW X7 uses the Live Cockpit Professional system with two 12.3-inch displays, one on the instrument cluster and one on the center stack, a tablet-like touch surface, and haptic controls on the iDrive controller. The optimized menus offer the ability to create several pages. There is also plenty of intelligent connectivity, including with a Connected Packaged Professional that includes on-street parking information, concierge services, remote services, and more.
The 2019 BMW X7 runs on a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with a turbocharger for 335 horsepower plus 330 pound-feet on the 40i. Or, you can opt for the xDrive50i with a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. It offers a revised ignition system, auto start/stop, new heat plates, 456 horsepower, and 479 pound-feet.