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All of the recent BMW concept cars have had GIANT kidney grilles that look pretty ridiculous; this one is no exception. I do hope they are toned down SIGNIFICANTLY on the production version.
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As good as it looks on cars like the 2002, I agree, not a fan on the new ones. Maybe because it's so wide & tall, compared to the thin & tall kidneys on the older cars?

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https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/x7/first-drive

What is it, and why does it look like a circuit board?
This is the BMW X7, BMW’s biggest, most luxurious SUV. It’s a decent chunk bigger than an X5, a touch bigger than a Range Rover (though not quite as massive as a Merc GLS), and can seat up to seven people in leathery, technological comfort. You can get a business-class-style six-seater (six individual seats) or opt for a bench middle row for the full seven.

TG.com was invited to do some final shakedown driving before its proper launch later this year, so the car is still in full camouflage, and the interior was covered in carpet to stop us figuring out what it looks like, hence the Tron graphics and lack of interior shots.

What can you tell us?
Well, on the basic side, it’s big. One of the few cars out there where a 22-inch alloy wheel doesn’t look particularly excessive. Quite a boxy profile, with a mahoosive kidney grille up front, flanked by slim headlights. It’s toned down quite a bit from the X7 iPerformance Concept, but you won’t mistake it for an X5, that’s for sure. It didn’t feel or look overly huge where we drove it in South Carolina in the US where it’s made, but one suspects it will feel bigger in Europe where parking spaces aren’t designed to accommodate a Dodge Ram dualie.

The chunky exterior dimensions certainly pay dividends on the inside, mind you. All three rows get plenty of space, although the boot is small when the third row is up - no surprise. There are three sunroofs, so it doesn’t feel claustrophobic, and you can get in and out of the third row easily enough, thanks to a neat flip for the middle row. The electric operation on these test cars was glacial though - much better to have a simple mechanical system, in our opinion. There’s a split tailgate with a small lower section which supports up to 150kg, so a useful shelf for sitting on, and all the seats can be raised and lowered electrically via switches in the boot - fold them all flat and it’ll take on a Transit for volume.

Vision is good, seating position and general ergonomics excellent, and there’s 7 Series levels of tech present, though we had to dig a little, because as mentioned, BMW had covered the dash, door cards, centre console… in fact everything, with carpet. The engineers even went so far as to put a stuck-on fake ‘starter button’ on the dash, which caused some confusion when I wanted to, y’know, start the car. There were a couple of very large TFT screens secreted under the camo when we had a peek, so expect much digital info, as well as every option you can get on the saloon Seven.

What’s the hardware?
Well, the UK will get 3.0-litre bi-turbo straight sixes in either petrol or diesel initially, followed by bigger versions of both fuel types. We drove the X7 35d (the 3.0 diesel), the X7 40i (the 3.0-litre petrol) and the X7 50i with a 4.4-litre biturbo V8 petrol. There’ll be hybrid versions later, as well as a raft of other engine variants, including possibly a four-cylinder with mild-hybrid like a 740e. And everyone went a bit quiet when TG.com asked about an X7 60Li V12, so don’t bet against it - though its unlikely there’ll be a proper ‘M’ version, staying with the 7 Series programme of only offering an ‘M Performance’ option in keeping with the X7’s more wafty (read massive) mission statement. All get the excellent eight-speed auto ‘box.

There are standard air springs with some decent movement (80+mm from top to bottom, depending on what you’re doing), with the usual Normal, Comfort, Sport and Off-Road settings, active steering and rear-wheel steer as options. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive is standard, though there are rumours of a RWD ‘base’ version circulating - probably for later release. Interestingly, there’s a mechanical locking differential with electric clutches as an option, and that helps in both on and off-road situations.

What’s it like to drive?
This is a tough one, as BMW admits the car has some way to go before final sign-off. The aim was for a large SUV that still has ‘the feeling of a BMW’ - so something without the wallow associated with a full-size SUV.

Initial impressions are good. The air springs manage a decent middle-ground between 7 Series ride comfort and body control, and I actually really quite liked the active steering system. The rear steer works in the traditional manner - rear wheels pushing +/- 3-degrees in the same direction as the fronts when going fast (good for stability) and in the opposite direction when going more slowly (good for turning circle and general nimbleness). It all works: this is a very big car that feels smaller and lighter than it is.

All of the engines are more than powerful enough, the 40i feeling and sounding like plenty, and getting close to the bigger V8 petrol in terms of performance. The diesel is probably the sweet spot, mind, especially as you don’t really need an SUV with sportscar acceleration figures, because all it tends to do is make your passengers throw up over the rear entertainment screens.

And yes, it will manage more off-road than anyone will ever actually use, though it is nice to see that the air suspension can actually produce approach, breakover and departure angles that make rough stuff possible without wince-inducing scraping.

Conclusions?
Based on what we’ve driven here, the X7 is going to be well up there with stuff like the Range Rover and forthcoming Audi Q8. With 7 Series levels of tech and refinement, but useful extra space and seats - as well as its more versatile AWD stance - there’s no reason it shouldn’t be an option. Yes, it’s probably heavily aimed at the North American and Chinese markets, but it has the driving dynamics that make it feel smaller than it actually is, so will please European tastes, too. The big question is what it will actually look like when the final production version is revealed. We’ll see in a few months.
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https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/24/...or-spy-photos/

Though we've seen minimally disguised prototypes cruising around frequently, and have even had the opportunity to drive it, we haven't seen a whole lot of the 2019 BMW X7's interior until now. Thanks to one of our spy photographers, we now have our best look yet inside the flagship SUV. And it seems to follow in the footsteps of the 8 Series and Z4 with an interior that's pretty typical BMW, but with sharper corners.

The basic layout is classic BMW. The center stack is canted toward the driver. The dials shown on the LCD instrument cluster mirror each other. Most of the lighting is in the default BMW red-orange. This example is also finished in a classic BMW light tan and black color scheme. But the differences are in the details. The instruments have a beveled, hexagonal design shared with the Z4 and 8 Series. Also like those sporty cars, the air vents adopt the hexagonal design. Looking down at the center console, the X7 gets those two-door cars' fancy new shifter with glass, and the familiar iDrive control wheel.

This prototype gives us our first peek at the X7's available third-row seat. Since this example has captain's chairs in the middle row, this one is just a six-passenger vehicle. We also know that BMW will offer a version with a bench seat for three-across seating. We expect BMW will also offer a high-end version of the X7 without a third row in order to give second-row occupants ultra-adjustable, luxurious seating.

The new X7 is slated to go on sale early next year, and should make its debut this fall. The L.A. Auto Show would be the obvious choice considering America's insatiable appetite for SUVs and crossovers. It will be available with either a 3.0-liter inline-six or a 4.4-liter V8. The former will be in the $80,000 range, and the latter will approach six figures.







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https://www.netcarshow.com/bmw/2019-x7/

BMW has pulled back the covers on a new definition of automotive luxury. The BMW X7 blends lavish presence, exclusivity and spaciousness with the versatile and agile driving properties customers would expect from a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The latest and largest model in the BMW X line-up uses its outstanding powertrain and chassis technology, plus generous levels of space in each of its three rows of seats, a luxurious ambience and advanced equipment features, to deliver an unparalleled driving and interior experience. BMW's new design language brings the modern elegance characteristic of the brand's luxury-segment models to the exterior of the BMW X7, and adds visual poise, assurance and an overriding sense of authority.

The new BMW X7 represents the next stage in the premium carmaker's ongoing model offensive in the luxury segment. Its increased presence in the class and the systematic expansion of the BMW X model portfolio are among the key areas the BMW Group has identified - as part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy - to ensure sustained growth in the world's car markets in the future.

The new BMW X7 will be built at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US state of South Carolina. This centre of expertise for BMW X models also handles production of the BMW X3, BMW X4, BMW X5 and BMW X6.

The worldwide market launch of the new BMW X7 will begin in March 2019.
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Hate the front. Someone at BMW needs to he fired for all these enormous grilles.
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I was gonna say... those kidney grills...
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That face...only a mother could love it.
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Guessing this is BMW's first foray into the fullsize 3-row SUV segment?
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People will buy it... that is all it matters.

But i will wait for the X8 (Coupe version of this)
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People will buy it... that is all it matters.

But i will wait for the X8 (Coupe version of this)
Don't be giving them ideas!
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Knowing BMW, i am sure they probably thought of that years ago already.
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X8 3 row coupe? Only room for decapitated people in the 3rd row!

Will sell like hot cakes.
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It is not like the X7's 3rd row is made for adults. From what i read from people who have been invited to see it in person, the 3rd row is not much bigger than X5's 3rd row.

I have personally seen GL's 3rd row. It is made for kids too.
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Dang if the X5 already has a 3rd row....they should've made this properly sized for adults and compete with the big boys like Escalade/Navigator/etc....
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BMW's target is GL.... they could careless about Lincoln and Caddy.
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Great, more soccer mom's driving oversized SUVs at 5 under the limit everywhere
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That'd be you confusing BMW drivers with Subaru/GM drivers
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The front looks like a rhino with a coke problem.



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Honestly, I think it otherwise looks super nice, except for the coke nose nostrils on the front. I’m loving the interior, side and rear profiles of this thing.
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Honestly, I think it otherwise looks super nice, except for the coke nose nostrils on the front. Im loving the interior, side and rear profiles of this thing.
My first thought was if you could park with the nose facing in and walk to the car from the back it's a good looking car.

That grille has got to be one of the ugliest one's I have ever seen though. Also why does BMW want to connect the headlines to the grille?

Either way SUVs are in right now so I am sure it will sell very well.
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The headlights themselves look good.
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And y’all criticize the Bangle BMWs
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And yall criticize the Bangle BMWs
his 5 and 7 series were the worst.
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Loved each of them
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The headlights themselves look good.

Dont look at them directly cuz its got the laser!!
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Loved each of them
I know looks are subjective, so i gotta say you've got some "unique" taste
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That'd be you confusing BMW drivers with Subaru/GM drivers
In the bay area there's a plague of giant SUVs. Doesn't matter the brand. I believe oonowindoo touched upon the thinking of why people get them in the car talk thread.

People like the higher diving position and safe feeling. But they are terrible drivers who can't adjust to such a large vehicle. Most never need to tow, or the cargo capacity. Abominations like the X4 and X6 are popular here.
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Man that front grill is Tragic. The rest of the vehicle looks fine for its competitive class, but that grill treatment makes it look like a giant bucktooth beaver.
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I know looks are subjective, so i gotta say you've got some "unique" taste
Maybe it's me, but they seem to have way more character and are way easier to distinguish than today's mess of cars that all look identical. I fell in love with the Bangle 7, once I rode in one. It was a sweet ride, back in the day.
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There is a reason why they are way easier to "distinguish"
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Yes, because Bangle actually worked on designing cars, as opposed to building one car and stretching its proportions to fit 6 other cars.
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I think you are probably the only person in the past 10 years that have said they loved the 5 and 7 design from that era

Dont get me wrong, i love E60 M5... but not because it looks good.
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