2019 BMW X7: It’s Big, Which Is Also the Title of a 1980s Tom Hanks Movie

Seriously, it's the biggest car BMW makes.

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We'd be perfectly content for BMW to make the M2 Competition exclusively, but since the people who run the company like making money, it builds other, more-mainstream stuff. Now including stuff like the X7, a three-row SUV aimed at the Mercedes GLS, Lincoln Navigator and the Cadillac Escalade. It's big.

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How big? Well, its 203.3-inch length makes it a few inches shy of a 7-Series sedan, but in every other dimension, it's the biggest car BMW makes

Really, the X7 seems like an embiggened X5. Both SUVs share a pair of engines—a 3.0-liter single-turbo inline-six offering up 335 hp, and a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 456. These engines are paired with ZF's ubiquitous eight-speed automatic gearbox, with a fully variable all-wheel drive system coming standard, as you'd expect from an SUV like this.

All X7s come standard with self-leveling air springs and two-mode adaptive dampers. Rear-wheel steering, and Active Comfort Drive—which uses cameras that monitor the road surface to proactively control the springs, shocks and active anti-roll bars—are optional. The front suspension uses double wishbones, while the rear uses a multi-link setup. And if you want, you can order M Sport Brakes and an electronically locking rear differential, for maximum sportiness.

Standard wheels measure 21 inches in diameter, while 22s with staggered tires—275/40s up front, 315/35s in back—are optional. Weighing in at 5370 lbs for the six-cylinder xDrive 40i model and 5617 lbs for the V8-powered xDrive 50i, the X7 is the heaviest car BMW makes. But it still should be quick, with 5.8- and 5.2-second 0-60 mph times quoted for the 40i and 50i models, respectively.

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BMW today wants to be seen as a high-tech company, so the X7 is filled with lots of fancy electronic features, standard and otherwise. There's the newest version of iDrive, a snazzy digital gauge cluster, and a Siri-like voice-command system that responds to the prompt "Hey BMW." There's a ton of standard collision-prevention systems, and lots of optional semi-autonomous driving assists. There's even optional laser headlights.

Of course, you can get pretty much all of this on an X5. Where the X7 really differs from it's little brother is in the way back. Unlike the X5's optional third row, the rearmost seats in the X7 look genuinely accommodating and they come standard. Optional are two individual captain's chairs for the middle row replacing the usual bench, for those seeking a minivan vibe. The interior looks quite nice, too, in this very nautical blue and white color scheme picked out for the photo car.

Like pretty much everything about the X7, prices are large—$73,900 for the 40i and $92,600 for the 50i. In line with the competition, but still a lot of money.

The X7 is perhaps not an Ultimate Driving Machine like the M2, but it's the sort of car BMW needs to make. It'll go on sale next March, and in the meantime, you can put a pre-order in on BMW's website.

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