If you need to transport seven people in lots of leather and comfort, BMW’s X7 might fit the bill, the marque’s entrant into the massive-luxe-people-mover space.
Available in Singapore as of May 10, the BMW X7 xDrive40i comes with seven seats as standard for $471,888.
A special six-seater Launch Edition costs $474,888 and comes in two versions – Design Pure Excellence and M Sport.
The X7 quite literally stands out, being the new flagship of BMW’s X range of SUVs.
It’s 5151mm in length (with a 3105mm wheelbase), 2000mm in width and 1805mm in height.
For comparison, the X5 is 4922mm long (with a 2975mm wheelbase), 2004mm wide and 1745mm tall, and it’s already a big car.
The large X7, fittingly, is manufactured at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in North Carolina, which also makes the X3, X4, X5 and X6.
What’s also massive is the grille, which even BMW admits is the “largest kidney grille” ever fitted to any of the brand’s cars.
BBQ tonight, anyone?
Jokes aside, the BMW X7 gets plenty of luxury touches inside.
On Launch Edition models, BMW’s Crafted Clarity masterpieces dot the cabin, consisting of high-quality glass set into the gear selector, the start/stop button, the iDrive controller and the volume switch.
The luxe tech doesn’t stop there. A panoramic glass roof, dubbed Sky Lounge, illuminates to show “more than 15,000 graphic patterns”.
As a large SUV, practicality is inevitably going to be questioned, but the X7 responds robustly.
With all seats up, the X7 offers 326 litres of load capacity, which balloons to a cargo-container-like 2120 litres with the second- and third-row seats folded.
You can lower the car on its standard-fit air suspension to make it easier to load stuff into the boot.
If this sounds like a lot, the power that the BMW X7 generates should be sufficient to keep it ticking along at a good pace.
The BMW X7 xDrive40i gets the company’s 3-litre, six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo unit with 340hp and 450Nm of torque, with the century sprint over in just 6.1 seconds.
That power is channelled through an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, now updated with a wider gear ratio spread and new electronics.
According to BMW, that reduces engine speeds and increases the drive system’s efficiency.
Drivers get to feast their eyes on two 12.3-inch screens, part of BMW Live Cockpit Professional.
Part of that system allows booking of digital services.
In future, BMW says customers can download additional digital services from the ConnectedDrive Store and install them in their car via Remote Software Upgrade.