According to BMW SA’s configurator, the X7 xDrive30d – with its 3,0-litre inline-six worth 195 kW and 620 N.m – will be priced from R1 562 849. This model will hit 100 km/h from standstill in a claimed 7,0 seconds, before topping out at 227 km/h.
The X7 M50d, meanwhile, will start at R1 862 308. This variant employs an engine of the same capacity, but with outputs increased to 294 kW and 760 N.m. The result is a dash to three figures in a claimed 5,4 seconds, with top speed governed to 250 km/h.
Both engines are mated to all four wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. An M Sport differential at the rear, which offers electronically controlled locking, is fitted as standard on the M50d.
Inside, you'll find three rows of seats, with the two passengers in the third row enjoying what BMW calls “full-size seats complete with armrests, cupholders and USB ports”. As an option, the middle row can be specified with two individual “comfort seats” (rather than the standard three-person bench). All seats are electrically adjustable. The Bavarian brand claims the luggage capacity can be increased from 326 litres to a maximum of 2 120 litres.
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