2020 BMW X7 is expected to offer plenty of space and overall comfort. Three rows of seating will be standard, while a max capacity will go up to 7 passengers. Higher trims will offer second-row captain’s chairs, which would reduce capacity to six. In terms of the dashboard design, expect the same approach we can see in the 7 Series sedan and recently redesigned X5 mid-size crossovers. This means familiar dashboard lines, spiced up with a bunch of interesting details. Count on two larger 12.3-inch screens, one on the instrument cluster and on other on the center stack, which will be touch-sensitive.
Housing with 9007 led bulb when out of town and on meandering country roads the X7 is one of the tidiest SUVs of its type to drive despite its size, but you’ll probably be more interested in just how comfortable its air suspension is over bumps and how quiet it is at a cruise on the motorway. There’s very little wind and road noise at all, and adding BMW’s Driving Assistant Professional brings a system that will accelerate, brake and keep you in your lane for an even more relaxing drive.
On the engine front, the new 2020 BMW X7 will return with two types of engines under its hood. So, like the previous 2019 model year, the X7 40i will be powered by a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder unit which will be able to make 335 hp and the torque of 330 pound-feet. This unit will be able to hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and its top speed will be limited to 152 mph.
That leaves the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS, now arriving at dealers. It offers six- or eight-cylinder engines and dual 12-inch dashboard displays (same as BMW), excellent handling and safety, and a starting price, like BMW, in the low- to mid-$70s, in part because so many desirable features are extra, such as the E-Active Body Control that scans the road ahead for bumps and continuously adjusts the adaptive suspension.
The next engine is the mighty M50d, which is also a 3.0-liter turbodiesel motor, but in this application, it features not 1, not 2, but 4 turbochargers. This quad-turbo setup produces 294 kW and 760 Nm, and BMW claims a 0-100 kph sprint time of 5.4 seconds, which is impressive given the immense size of the X7. The M50i arrives later in the year and promises the most performance, thanks to its peak outputs of 390 kW and 750 Nm.
Electronic Driving Aids
The X7 comes with a long list of electronic driving aids including parking sensors and lane-keeping assist. Well-equipped models boast BMW’s extended traffic jam assist technology, which takes over in stop-and-go traffic at speeds of up to 37 mph. BMW notes drivers don’t need to keep their hands on the steering wheel if they remain alert. The system knows whether you’re awake and focused or dozing off by using an infrared camera in the digital instrument cluster to track the position of your eyes and nose.
To play on a long-time slogan, the 2020 BMW X7 is the Ultimate Opulence Machine. We drove both X7 versions in a variety of conditions. The xDrive50i accelerates effortlessly and is accompanied by a subtle V8 growl. BMW estimates it will reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The xDrive40i trails by only 0.6 seconds. Gear changes are quick and smooth regardless of engine, and there’s an abundance of grip on wet pavement. The brake pedal is appropriately soft and is easy to modulate for smooth stops. When called upon for more aggressive deceleration, the M Sport brakes keep the X7 composed and controllable.