Not long ago, BMW has confirmed that their flagship SUV, the X7 will be heading to Indian market. However, unconfirmed reports state that the X7 is reserved for a Indian debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. On top of some official high-res images released by company last-month, we now have live images of the new vehicle that were taken during the transit.
The company’s first full-size 3-row SUV, will be on-sale in two variants – the xDrive40i and xDrive50i. The leaked photos here is of xDrive40i variant which comes powered by a twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine which makes 335 BHP and 447 NM of torque. While the xDrive50i comes with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine producing 456 BHP and 649 Nm of torque both are mated to 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmissions with a sequential paddle shift feature.
A parking assist which will automatically park the vehicle in parallel spaces is standard on the xDrive50i and will come optional on the xDrive40i. BMW will introduce the 3.0-litre, inline six-cylinder diesel engine for the X7 in India. This engine too will come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. There is also a hybrid version of the X7 in the pipeline, but it has not been confirmed yet by the German automaker.
Production for the X7 has already commenced at the company’s manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the worldwide market launch of the new BMW X7 will begin in March-2019. Emerging markets like India will be getting the flagship X7 from 2020 onwards. At the moment, BMW’s readying the new X4 & X5 that will be launched in the Indian market next-year.
The final production model of the 2019 BMW X7 will be unveiled at the Los Angeles Motor Show by the end of this-month. The X7 will be based on BMW’s CLAR modular platform seen on the 7-Series, 5-Series and the new X5. On design, the X7 will have a large kidney-shaped grille, sleek LED headlamps, new bumper and alloy wheels. The upright stance on the X7 looks intimidating with the angular design looking futuristic and not boxy.
Prices are expected to start from Rs. 1 Crore in India, and once launched the X7 will rival with the higher-specced versions of the Range Rover, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Toyota Land Cruiser, Audi Q7, Lexus LX570, Infiniti QX80 and Nissan Patrol globally.
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