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Got P9.29M? You Can Drive Home the X7, BMW's Biggest SUV Yet

BMW has finally unveiled its biggest SUV model in the Philippines.
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BMW’s X Series is its crossover and Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) line, or what it calls its SUVs. While the biggest used to be the X6, the luxury German car manufacturer recently added another number to introduce its largest SUV to date. 

Size is certainly the main selling point of the new X7. Almost 10 inches longer than the X5 (203.3 inches versus 194) and two inches taller (71.1 versus 69), it’s certainly not lacking in space and presence.

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Inside, there’s space for a total of seven people. And we’re talking about full-grown adults, not just kids. Occupants of the third row, in particular, can settle into full-size seats complete with armrests, cupholders and USB ports. All seats are adjusted electronically at the push of a button. The boot capacity can be increased from 326 to a maximum of 2,120 liters.

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Features that come standard include Individual Extended Leather Trim “Merino” Upholstery, five-zone automatic climate control, Ambient Air package, Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, CraftedClarity glass applications, Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, a rear-seat professional entertainment system and luggage-compartment package.

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SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., the official importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, is offering only the X7 with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo in-line six-cylinder diesel engine in the country for now. Output is at 195 kW/265 hp and 620 Nm of torque in the xDrive30d. An eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is standard, as is the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which is reliable whether you plan to drive it on the city’s paved roads or on dusty or rocky off-road.

The X7 also features Adaptive Suspension with electronically controlled dampers, and air springs at both axles, ensuring the smoothest ride possible on a full-sized SUV. Press a button or use the Display key to adjust vehicle’s ground clearance by up to 80 millimeters.

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There’s a ton of other nifty systems for enhanced comfort and safety in the X7: six airbags to protect the occupants, Antilock Braking System, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Descent Control, and Active Protection, which automatically closes windows and tightens seatbelts when it detects an accident about to happen. There’s also Cruise Control with braking function (standard), as well as Parking Assistant Plus, which offers Park Distance Control  front and rear, rear view camera and surround view.

Total price for the BMW X7 xDrive30d is at Php 9.29 million. Don’t fret, though as SMC Asia says that comes with a five-year, 200,000-kilometer manufacturer’s warranty.

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