Shortly after officially confirming the X7 for India by listing it on the local website, BMW has announced that it will assemble the SUV at BMW Group Plant Chennai starting in 2019.
The X7 is BMW’s take at the Mercedes GLS that has dominated the full-size luxury SUV segment for years now. It rivals the Range Rover and Lexus LX as well, and internationally, the competitors include even the typically American Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator.
According to John Shipley, the BMW X7 is all about flexibility. Three rows with seven (as standard) or six (optionally) seats, 326 litres of load capacity increasable all the way up to 2,120 litres, standard air suspension to lower the vehicle as required, etc. is what its Product Specialist (at BMW of North America) is referring to when he says that. There are four engine options available, all six- or eight-cylinder units. Below are their specifications and availability details (not officially confirmed) for our market.
On the outside, the BMW X7 features LED headlamps with laser high-beam, 22-inch alloy wheels and slim LED rear lights. Interior highlights include a three-part panoramic glass roof, Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, five-zone automatic climate control and BMW Live Cockpit Professional comprising a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch central display.
BMW will launch the X7 in India on the 31st of this month, likely for a price sticker of over INR 1.5 crore (ex-showroom Delhi). The company will likely import it in CBU form initially and switch to local assembly a few months later. Deliveries won’t commence before March.