BMW officially announced today what has long been anticipated, a 7-passenger Sport Activity Vehicle badged, appropriately enough, the X7. Actually, while the standard fitment is for seven, captain’s chairs can be optioned to reduce the carriage to six while improving long distance comfort. 

The BMW X7 will join 4 other crossovers and be produced at the company’s Spartanburg, S.C plant for worldwide distribution.

Closely following the lines of last year’s X7 Concept iPerformance auto show model, the production X7 is the largest of BMW’s X lineup yet, and looks it with an upright, almost regal stance that says tons about the roominess within. Indeed, it is just short of 10 inches longer overall than an X5. 

The new 2019 BMW X7 launches in North America with a choice of two gasoline engines. Heading up the range is the BMW X7 xDrive50i, with an extensively updated 4.4-liter V8 engine. A 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, found under the hood of the new BMW X7 xDrive40i rounds out the model line-up. All engines channel their power through an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is standard.

With orders starting this month, the BMW X7 will start rolling into showroom next March.