BMW is shaking up Detroit by going after Cadillac and Lincoln in a big way with their new seven-passenger X7. BMW’s X7 takes a decidedly sportier approach to transporting seven people in plush comfort than both the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator. Built at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina factory, the X7 joins four other models assembled at the plant.
Inside, the X7 astonishes with its innovative and roomy interior that’s as luxurious for front seat occupants as it is for those in back. The available second row captain’s chairs are supremely comfortable and offer electronic adjustments of the backrest angle and fore/aft position, moving in either direction by some 5.7 inches. We do wish these seats would fold flat for improved storage capacity, but BMW chose to optimize comfort in the X7. Behind the captain’s chairs are two seats that are not just meant for the occasional short trip, they’re surprisingly comfortable too and feature air vents and their own rear glass sunroof panel. You’ll love the available Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof, which displays more than 15,000 unique graphic patterns to create the illusion of a starlit sky, dazzling children and adult passengers at night.
The X7 M50i and its 4.4-liter V8 provides spirited performance with 523 horsepower, enough to propel the all-wheel drive X7 from zero to 60 mph in a sportscar like 4.5 seconds. But what is perhaps most impressive about the new X7 is how well it handles and drives. The X7 doesn’t feel like a typical large three-row SUV, instead it feels nimble and agile, attributes you can chalk up to its advanced standard Dynamic Damper Control system, which can be tuned to your preference, from sport to comfort. We also love the X7 M50i’s giant 22-inch alloy wheels, which are striking no matter how you see it.
Look for the new BMW X7 M50i at your local BMW dealer with a starting price of $99,600.