. new X7 is a 7-seater, due here in Spring

  • . new X7 is a 7-seater, due here in Spring

. new X7 is a 7-seater, due here in Spring

"Tyre sizes come in 20" light-alloy wheels as standard while the bigger 21- and 22" wheels are offered as optional extras.

The X7 boasts generous interior space across three rows of seats with seven seats presented as standard while the middle row can be specified with two individual comfort seats as an option.

BMW has pulled the wraps off the first ever X7 and it's new flagship X-line SUV.

Inside the vehicle, the design is refined and well finished with premium materials.

There is also a myriad of controls fitted in the centre console including the iDrive Controller, newly designed gear selector and drive control buttons, which can be finished in a number of different materials.

The Panorama glass roof "Sky Lounge", meanwhile, features LED lighting spread evenly across the glass surfaces to illuminate more than 15,000 graphic patterns and generate a display reminiscent of a starlit sky.

Buyers are invited to inflate those figures with all manner of extravagant options, such as a Cold Weather package with five-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof with LED lights embedded in it, and a wide range of exterior and interior color and trim combinations. With all the seats up you get 326-liters of trunk space, or a van-like 2,120-liters with the two rear-most rows folded flat. To make it easier to load items, the suspension will automatically lower down.

A ten-speaker hi-fi comes as standard, while the optional Harman Kardon surround sound system features 16 speakers. The Bavarians promise the electronically controlled rear seats are full size, enhanced with armrests, cup holders and USB ports.

Officially unveiled for the worldwide markets today, the X7 takes the familiar BMW X-series design cues and expands them to accommodate proper three rows of seating, a lot of high-end tech and refined ergonomics in a package with unmistakable road presence. BMW's Live Cockpit Professional, using the company's latest "7.0" operating system is part of the deal too, comprising a fully digital instrument cluster, 31cm touchscreen and an "Intelligent Personal Assistant" that seeks to make life easier when you shout "Hey BMW".

The longer wheelbase allows BMW to add a third row of seats as standard - unique in the BMW lineup. Well, at launch (across the world) the range of engines available will include a 340 kW/650 N.m 4,4-litre V8 in the X7 xDrive50i, a 3,0-litre six-cylinder in-line petrol unit worth 250 kW/450 N.m in the X7 xDrive40i and a pair of 3,0-litre six-cylinder in-line diesels with outputs of 195 kW/620 N.m in the X7 xDrive30d and 294 kW/760 N.m in the X7 M50d. All the engines come mated to the 8-speed automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive.

BMW says the standard driver assistance systems will vary depending on market, however it's likely Australian X7 owners will be treated to a full suite of features, including active cruise control, steering and lane control assist, and parking assist - the latter of which will come in handy at the Westfield auto park due to the X7's sheer size.

There is also Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assistant which comes with a camera which offers a 360 view of the vehicle. The optional Off-Road package also enables switching between xSand, xGravel, xRocks and xSnow driving modes based on specific terrain requirements.

The BMW X7 will go on sale from April 2019, with OTR prices starting from £72,155.