New BMW X7 Reviewed During Pre-Production Test Drive

BMW recently invited a handful of outlets to test drive a pre-production version of the X7 crossover and Autogefühl has posted one of the first video reviews of the upcoming model.

The 43 minute long clip gives us a pretty detailed glimpse of a camouflaged prototype which shares a number of styling similarities with the X7 iPerformance concept which was unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Starting up front, the crossover has a massive twin kidney grille which will undoubtedly become one of the largest ever fitted to a BMW model. The X7 also has large air intakes, slender headlights and alloy 22-inch wheels. Other notable features including a split-opening tailgate and a dual exhaust system with chrome surrounds.

BMW isn’t ready to reveal the interior yet but we can get a glimpse of a three-spoke steering wheel and the company’s new digital instrument cluster. The model also has a “massive” panoramic sunroof, tons of headroom and high-tech features which will enable rear seat passengers to access the infotainment system.

Speaking of rear seat passengers, the X7 has a third row with “quite a lot of room back there.” It can be automatically folded down, at the push of a button, to offer increased cargo capacity.

At launch, the model will be offered with three different engines including a six-cylinder petrol, a six-cylinder diesel and a V8 petrol. All will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission which sends power to an all-wheel drive system.

BMW isn’t ready to talk specifications but the 3.0-liter petrol should produce around 335 hp (250 kW) while the diesel might have around 261 hp (195 kW). The 4.4-liter V8, on the other hand, should develop at least 445 hp (332 kW).

Regardless of the final outputs, BMW designed to the crossover to offer a high level of comfort and driving dynamics. In essence, they wanted to the make the X7 the 7-Series of crossovers.

As part of this mission, the model will be offered with active stabilizers to minimize body roll. There will also be a rear axle steering system for improved maneuverability. Buyers can also look forward to an air suspension which can change the ride height of the vehicle by up to 80mm (3.1 inches).

  • alexxx

    Oh yeaaaah….that was missing…a rewiew of a camouflaged car…ffs….
    Maybe it’s time to find another car site….

  • Bo Hanan

    43 minute video and we can’t see the interior or exterior?!

  • MarketAndChurch

    Looks pretty good, love the shape, this will be a proper Range Rover alternative.

  • Hot Twink

    Not fond of the oversized kidneys, but I am impressed BMW will offer it with a legitimate off-road package. The four-corner air suspension is expected to give over 11 inches of ground clearance, and the variable locking rear differential and under-body guard plating are nice additions.

    The only questions that remain about the drivetrain are whether or not the transfer case has low range and center locking capabilities.

  • Moveon Libtards
  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    Really 43mins, why lately all the bids times are really large? Do they really believe someone will stay and waste nearly hour or more on just 1 model review!!!

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