2019 BMW X7: As Big As A Cadillac Escalade, As Luxurious As A Rolls Royce

Consumers can’t seem to get enough crossovers and BMW has been happy to comply as the company already offers six different models. However, there was one thing missing from its lineup – a competitor to the Mercedes GLS.

BMW is finally responding in the form of the 2019 X7. Larger and more luxurious than the redesigned X5, the production model closely echoes the X7 iPerformance concept which was introduced last year.

While the concept received a slightly chilly reception, BMW has high hopes for the production model as the company says it offers a unique blend of “presence, exclusivity and spaciousness.” It certainly has a commanding presence as the front fascia is dominated by a massive chrome grille which will likely prove to be controversial. Unsurprisingly, BMW says its the largest kidney grille ever fitted to one of their production models.

Putting the grille aside, the X7 features adaptive LED headlights which reside above massive air intakes. Moving further back, designers installed 21-inch alloy wheels, a relatively flat roof and a prominent greenhouse which is trimmed with chrome surrounds. The model also has long rear doors, slim taillights and a split tailgate which can be electronically opened and closed.

Overall, the X7 measures 203.3 inches (5,163 mm) long, 78.7 inches (1,999 mm) wide and 71.1 inches (1805 mm) tall with a wheelbase that spans 122.2 inches (3103 mm). This means the X7 is 9 inches (228 mm) longer, 0.2 inches (5 mm) narrower and 2.1 inches (53 mm) taller than the X5. The model also has a 5.1 inch (129 mm) longer wheelbase.

While the exterior styling won’t win everyone over, the X7 has a luxurious cabin which features a stylish blend of leather, wood and metallic trim. Drivers sit behind a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster which is located next to another 12.3-inch display for the infotainment system.

Specifications will vary by market, but the US-spec model comes standard with a four-zone climate control system, a 10-speaker audio system and a three-panel panoramic glass sunroof. Other niceties include a wireless smartphone charger and a WiFi hotspot.

An assortment of options will be available including a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system and a rear-seat entertainment system with 10.2-inch touchscreen displays. Other tempting options include heated seats, power rear window shades, heated / cooled cup holders and a head-up display.

The X7 comes standard with a split-folding second row bench, but customers can order power captain’s chairs which “offer the same range of adjustments as the seats for the driver and front passenger.” Regardless of which configuration is selected, the seats slide fore and aft up to 5.7 inches (144 mm) and feature backrests that can be automatically raised or lowered at the touch of a button.

Third row passengers don’t take a backseat to comfort as BMW says they are treated to “full-size seats that are fully capable of accommodating adult passengers over longer journeys.” Besides having relatively roomy accommodations, rear seat passengers have their own cup holders and armrests.

In terms of practicality, according to BMW’s U.S. specifications lists, the X7 offers 48.6 cubic feet (1,376 liters) of luggage space behind the third row (SAE). That can be expanded to 90.4 cubic feet (2,559 liters) by folding the second and third row down. Now, looking into BMW’s Global specifications yields different results, with boot capacity ranging from 326 liters (11.5 cu.ft) with all seats in place, to 2,120 liters (74.9 cu.ft) when folding down the second and third row of seats. Even if SAE-specific measurements differ from other standards, looking at the pictures, we’ll go with the global press site’s 326 liters (11.5 cu.ft) measurement for trunk volume behind the third row.

Under the hood, the X7 xDrive40i features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) and 330 lb-ft (446 Nm) of torque.  It is connected to an improved eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive.  This setup enables the massive crossover to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.8 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h) or 152 mph (245 km/h) in Europe.

Buyers looking for more power and prestige can opt for the X7 xDrive50i which has an “extensively updated” twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine with 456 hp (340 kW / 462 PS) and 479 lb-ft (648 Nm) of torque.  The extra power cuts the 0-60 mph time (0-96 km/h) to 5.2 seconds, but the top speed remains unchanged.  However, in international markets the model is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

European customers miss out the xDrive50i, but receive two diesel variants.  The X7 xDrive30d has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder which produces 261 hp (195 kW / 265 PS) and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque.  This allows for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 7.0 seconds and a top speed of 141 mph (227 km/h).

The X7 M50d is the star diesel offering as it packs 394 hp (294 kW / 400 PS) and 560 lb-ft (760 Nm) of torque.  This allows for petrol-like acceleration as the dash to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 5.4 seconds and the top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

While handling will likely be an afterthought for most X7 buyers, the model comes standard with a two-axle air suspension and a Dynamic Damper Control system. Customers can also order an Active Comfort Drive system which uses cameras to scan the road ahead and make suspension adjustments in accordance to conditions.

While the crossover clearly focuses on comfort and luxury, it doesn’t have to be a slouch.  In particular, BMW will offer an optional Dynamic Handling Package which adds Integral Active Steering, M Sport Brakes and an M Sport rear differential (on the xDrive50i).

Like most modern automobiles, the X7 features an assortment of driver assistance systems. Standard features include an Active Protection and Active Driving Assistant system with Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Collision Warning, Frontal Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Collision Mitigation. There’s also Cross Traffic Alert Rear and Speed Limit Information.

If that wasn’t enough of an alphabet soup, customers can order an Active Driving Assistant Professional system with Active Lane Keeping Assistant and Extended Traffic Jam Assistant. There’s also a Parking Assistant Plus package which adds Top View, Panorama View and 3D View.

The 2019 BMW X7 will be arrive at US dealerships next March and pricing starts at $73,900 for X7 xDrive40i and $92,600 for X7 xDrive50i (excluding a $995 destination fee). The company is already accepting pre-orders and customers can make their reservations online.


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  • Mike anonymous

    Although the rear looks a bit bland, I do quite like this. I believe the front looks proper, the sides and proportions are strong (it’s just the rear that looks, or at least seems, unfinished)
    The interior is the nicest I’ve seen of any BMW SUV so far to date (and I am happy to see a nice amount of wood within the cabin as most “other” (we know who I’m talking about, but not just limited to them,) have been moving to gloss black plastics. Lastly my hat truly goes off to the amount of effort put into the 3rd row, as automakers tend to forget about it and “cheap out”, but it seems as though it’s received as much care and attention at the prior 2.

    It has it’s flaws, but considering it could be worse,. I am pleasantly surprised… and to be honest… (a little,) I kind of like it.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Holy sinister kidney grille Batman…

    ..somehow though, it works here. The side looks decent (if a bit generic) but well-proportioned, and the rear could use some work. They could’ve at least taken notes from the rear of the new X5 if not completely ripping it off. (for instance, where the X7 logo is placed seems a bit wrong). The interior however is one of the best I’ve seen from BMW yet.

    So far, decent thoughts overall. Hopefully my initial expectations will exceed beyond sometime soon. And not just in the styling department.

  • Matt

    The grille…works very well. I think the bold face is exactly what BMW needs to give their range a bit more visual stimulation. Plus it it is giving me retro vibes as once upon a time BMW’s grille was twice as big.

    Interior is perfectly executed and finished. It’s a rather nice vehicle overall.

  • PhilMcGraw

    I don’t like the front end. It just makes me think of an old man with large nostrils squinting at you.

    But that interior is something noteworthy, especially in the second and third rows. I think this will finally elevate the new standard when it comes to how you treat second and third row passengers in a large SUV. And the good news is that others will try to replicate it. Normally when it comes to the third row it’s like a penalty box, but BMW gives them proper amenities back there. Good job.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I love it. The body lines remind me of the Mercedes GLK

    • paulgdeaton

      Actually, the body lines remind me of a Toyota – probably not what BMW was hoping. The rest… the “brutish” look seems to be “the thing” now, but I am not sure how long it will last. This thing could look very, very dated in just a couple of years.

      But for now, I does look yuuuge…

  • Bo Hanan

    A nice truck- with the interior of a French Whorehouse!

  • MIL1234

    We haven’t seen a grille like that since the 50’s.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Is it really the largest grille ever? Even bigger than the pre-war era cars?

    • Mike Gauthier

      That’s what they’re saying, but you do bring up a good point. BMW might be considering it in terms of total surface area instead of just height, but they didn’t elaborate.

  • Nordschleife

    I am personally seeing nothing wrong with this. I am also at work so I can’t look at every detail but I have a eye for ugly and this isn’t it. I give thumbs up for both the new X5 and this new X7.

  • TrevP

    I like it. I’d buy one

  • OdysseyTag

    The sides, particularly the wheel arches could do with some flared honches.

    • Elpatore

      uuuuuh X7 M

      • OdysseyTag

        Side profile could do with the added character regardless of the model version though.

    • Nordschleife

      I have to agree. A little upsizing wouldn’t hurt.

    • Larry Qualls

      Yeah, i bet that’s saved for the M. But I totally agree!

  • Cobrajet

    Please make it avaliable with a V12.

    • TheHake

      No, a V16!

  • Jp

    The door handles remind me so much of those of a Benz!!

  • JTL2017

    I was pleased when Lincoln made the 3rd row spacious for adults and had some features in the third row, but this takes the cake in terms of 3rd row features. However, I’m not liking the look at all( along with most full size suvs). It looks bulbous and while the interior looks nice, I cant deal with the horrendous grill.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Don’t know what it is, but this looks way better than the concept unlike the z4 and 8 series.

    • Mike anonymous

      I wouldn’t say it looks ‘better’ than the concept, but at least (and to your point) it stays true to it (unlike the Z4 and the 8 series).

  • Jason Panamera

    I like these headlights but I can’t look at this grille and back of this car. Interior is like in X5, so they did the same thing like Benz with GLE and GLS, interior sharing.

  • Elpatore

    I like it, I wasn’t anticipating doing so but I do. the only thing i could criticize is that it has the exact same first row interior design of the X5… it looks great and i bet it will feel great too but they could have given it something a little more bespoke… but apart from that its pretty good, they will sell TONS of this thing. and an iPerformance version would be cool too.

  • PK

    Mercedes Benz GLS. Your move.

    • Merc1

      Most likely in April at the NYC auto show.


      • PK

        can’t wait!

  • TheBelltower

    Seems like a missed opportunity to feature a new design element that would set it apart as something other than just an X5 that’s been pumped-up by 10%. This is very expected and ordinary. That said, BMW will sell every one they can build.

    • Kagan

      Sadly that is the way of today and tomorrow. They make different sizes and shapes of same modell to keep it cheap!

    • Matt

      To be fair, it has completely different front and rear styling to the X5. They look like completely unique vehicles.

      • TheBelltower

        You’re right, they don’t look totally identical. But if you were to sketch an X5 on the back of a napkin, the sketch would be indistinguishable from the X7. There aren’t any notable design elements other than the disco lighting. I don’t think either of them look bad, but a lot of BMW buyers are looking for newness that isn’t there.


  • Stephen Baxter

    Can’t wait for the x8

  • Mynameis Taylor

    so the trend is for premium cars to to have their entire line up to look nearly identical. The interior looks almost exactly like the 3 serious and X5. I liked when the cars had distinctive design cues

  • BlackPegasus

    The interior is gorgeous but sadly the exterior won’t turn any heads. It’s rather derivative.

  • I love this SUV. Such innovative and luxurious design.

    • But, the only problem is that the video has a 500 Internal Server error.

  • enthusia

    this is really nice overall. though i think the design of the dashboard is beyond played out, but i wasn’t expecting BMW to change it up now. other than that its really quite compelling. i cant believe an suv is the most interesting thing bmw has to offer.

  • Handsome looking vehicle, they will sell lots of these, they will make huge profits on these.

  • TheHake



    Hideous thing…

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Is this the basis for the abomination that is the RR Cullinan?

    • Matt

      No, the Cullinan is based on the Phantom, which is a unique RR platform.

  • Anthony James

    I think i’d go for a high spec xc90. That interior trim is disgusting!

    • Kagan

      Xc 90 looks ok but is not the same class as this one. Competes with x5 and only has 4 pots.

      • Anthony James

        On price you’re right (hence a high spec XC90- there’s a definite crossover on costs). Anyway I think i’d go for a top of the range t8 PiH (£71.5k) over a base 4 cylinder diesel (x7 30d, 4 cylinder diesel, £73k).

        • Kagan

          It is not just the price it is the size and refinement.

          T8 still has a 4 pot.

          • Anthony James

            I’m speaking specifically for the two drive-trains’ that crossover on cost. One is a 4 cylinder diesel, one is a 4 cylinder + PiH. I don’t think it’s difficult to understand that I think that unless BMW have done something exceptional the low-end X7 will be priced out by the other premium 7 seat SUV’s out there.

            Although, seeing as you hate 4 cylinders so much, the same principle can not be said for the Q7, surely?

          • Kagan

            Still it is not the same class and it doesn’t state there will be o
            a four pot x7 in us. It starts with a six for about 74 grand. And the six is better than the four in Volvo.

          • Anthony James

            Ahhh, I should have assumed you were american! That’s why you associate big engine with premium. Fair enough.

          • Kagan

            And you are a rigth hand driver?

      • Belthronding

        very high end trims of xc90 might be really good deal in terms of quality & price againts x7

        • Kagan

          Not same class. Compare price against x5 and quality wise Volvo ain’t on top. Latest consumer report puts them at the bottom.

      • Cobrajet

        The third row in the XC90 is big enough to for it to compete with this.

        • Kagan

          It is 8.4 inches longer that means one size and it is not just size it is refinement. You also have to consider drive train. X7 will start with 6 pots in us, xc90 only has 4 pots.

    • Cobrajet

      The color is wrong.

    • Matt

      What’s disgusting about it exactly? It’s probably one of many trim options anyway. Personally I think the design and execution of the interior is better than the XC90.

      • Anthony James

        I mean it is just my opinion, however I have a degree in automotive design and work in an automotive trim development studio. I think this is garish and reeks of “added value” where the CMF team have been tasked with making a standard seat architecture appear more premium. I suppose in your case that has worked?

  • Miknik

    I guess it will sell, and easily outsell the 7 series, or the currently aging GLS; But I think it’s not really attractive looking, overdone and baroque. And whilst the interior certainly looks expensive, it also lacks class, hard to say, more airliner business class with a lot of gadgets and leather, but lacking the classy club atmosphere of the sister car Rolls Royce (or a say E38 BMW 7 series)

    • Cobrajet

      The interior is much more utilitarian than classy.

  • salamOOn

    “In terms of practicality, the X7 offers 48.6 cubic feet (1376 liters) of luggage space behind the third row.”

    i am pretty sure there is no 1376 liters behind the third row. you even have it on the pic no.85 in the gallery.

  • Kagan

    Nothing to cheer about.

    Could be what so ever cheap car! An old Kia or something.

  • john1168

    A whole lot of Bugs Bunny going on in that front end. The rest of it is nice though.

  • exeptor

    Strange times we are living in – this one looks miles better than the concept. It looks better than GLS for sure and in a certain angles as good as Range Rover.

    One detail that looks extra cheap is the cupholder (actually the entire low part of the middle console) on the second row. Probably it is a soft and nice to touch plastic but from the pictures it looks like a 90’s one. Keeping in mind how luxurious and high-tech the cupholder in the front seat looks this is a very strange decision and bad way to lower expenses .

    • Nordschleife

      I thought the same thing about those cup holders I kid you not. I think this looks better than the concept as well and it’s really a testament to high quality photos because lots of individuals on here were like this is horrible prior to its unveiling.

      This is a solid effort (looks wise) by BMW.

  • charlotteharry57

    Not many sites are posting length. I’m shocked that it’s 203 inches. It looks to me like it’s close in size to an Atlas. Pretty deceiving.

  • adbt20

    “the X7 offers 48.6 cubic feet (1376 liters) of luggage space behind the third row”
    And look, BMW spec says:
    -326 L behind 3rd row
    -2120 L with 2nd and 3rd row down

    It’s still a lot of space.

  • Stephen G

    A vehicle of this caliber (even if it is a station wagon) should be drop dead gorgeous. I imagine that people that spend 7 series money want to be seen and noticed. The exterior looks like a warmed over GLE and the interior looks like a clown threw up in there. Just putting allot of spokes on a wheel and slapping them on a box doesn’t make an attractive luxury car. Step it up BMW.

  • Ary Wisesa

    The GLS has more well-rounded design, in and out. But that makes it a bit less exciting. It happened once in the case of Mercedes W211. When Mercedes W210 came out, it brought so much excitement to the E-Class family. Certainly “The New Eyes” was a real head turner at that time, since usually the E-Class had been being synonymous with boxy traditional Benz. The W210’s design was truly revolutionary (in Mercedes E-Class realm). And I like its “imperfection”. For example: that almost mismatched rear end with the front face. But instead, I like that “imperfection” and “imbalance”. It only made the W210 much more exciting.

    And then the W211 was launched…. At first, it looked better and well-balanced that the W210. The rear-lights and overall rear end complemented the front end. But somehow, that more balanced design actually made its design rather bland, boring and almost forgettable.

    The GLS is more well-rounded, but just like the W211, it doesn’t look very exciting. Rather bland. People know it is an expensive car because that big star logo on the front grille, and that’s it.

    On the other hand, this new BMW X7 is not perfect, design wise, but it only adds more excitement and allure to the overall looks. It reminds me so much to the W210: imperfect, imbalanced, but at the same time exciting. Perhaps it can’t beat Range-Rover Vogue or Velar in looks department, but I don’t mind at all.

    So yeah, I like this new kid on the block. Excellent job BMW!

  • OD. LP

    The 3/4 view peered from the backside forward look wonderful, but then the front 1/4 (which would be the hood and front wheels) looks a bit too small for the rest of the proportions in the rest of the vehicle. I feel like it’s going to be rear-end heavy…kinda looks like the hood got smashed down. And when I think of the “presence” that BMW is trying to achieve… I don’t see it, unless they mean the presence of the rear 3/4 of the vehicle being too big for itself.

  • OD. LP

    The 3/4 view peered from the backside forward look wonderful, but then the front 1/4 (which would be the hood and front wheels) looks a bit too small for the rest of the proportions in the rest of the vehicle. I feel like it’s going to be rear-end heavy…kinda looks like the hood got smashed down. And when I think of the “presence” that BMW is trying to achieve… I don’t see it, unless they mean the presence of the rear 3/4 of the vehicle being too big for itself. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/638850d6db420a347b1091ed9e89b6df298a7e5d3ffd3a93f8d29666c57c8553.jpg

    So odd

    • lagunas3ca

      Same with Audi Q7.

  • Trackhacker

    Another soccer mom boat

  • GobbleUp

    Disappointing for sure.
    They did a nice job making it look like the competing Mercedes married the Lincoln.
    Not a great look. Will be dated very quickly.
    But, so are all the sausage bmw’s.

  • Bring on the Q9!

    And about this soccer mom boat, as one commenter said: interior is gorgeous (whole lotta plushery going on), but exterior looks too upright and boxy… Oh, well, it’s not like I was going to buy it.

  • DMax

    The ultimate driving your kids to soccer practice machine!

  • Blade t

    I like that BMW is stepping up their interior game in this..

  • lagunas3ca

    RIP, Cadillac Escalade.

  • SteersUright

    Why would anyone even consider a shoddily made Navigator, Escalade, etc., with this now available? Hopefully they truly step up their game one day.

  • ksegg

    This looks awesome. I have no need for a gigantic SUV, but this would be great to daily.

  • getoffme

    Behold, the Lexus X7.

  • Larry Qualls

    Wow, now this I like!

  • Matthew Boyd

    I read the title of this article and laughed… Good one 😉. Anyways, it’s a promising looking SUV with what looks to be a presence on the road if my eyes are telling me what I see in the video’s will be exactly as it presents itself on the road. It seems priced pretty well imo. Defnowheree near the competitor of a RR. A RR customer probably doesn’t know what a BMW is, on purpose 😂. Can you imagine that conversation?

    Guy explaining BMW: Hey RR owner, you know where the tech behind your infotainment system came from? BMW

    RR owner to their assistant: How much for me to have them killed 🤣

  • I’ve been in one. They are nicely appointed. One I was in had some crystal option, many knobs and such were cut crystal looking. I like the grill. The wood has a sort of silvery, sparkle embedded in it. Can’t FEEL it. but it is cool to look at up close.

  • Justin Spencer

    Now THIS is a luxury SUV at its best! Definitely looks great from front to back with a useful yet beautiful, luxurious interior. The updated take on BMWs signature front end looks great as does the taillight design. This definitely looks great!

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