Powered by a 400hp, 3.0-litre diesel engine
M-specific changes includes sportier styling, larger wheels and a M Sport steering wheel
Rivals the likes of the Range Rover Sport and upcoming new Mercedes-Benz GLS range
BMW has introduced the range-topping M50d variant to its X7 line-up in India, priced at Rs 1.63 crore (ex-showroom, India). The German carmaker’s flagship SUV is now available in four variants – the 30d DPE (Rs 92.50 lakh), the 30d DPE Signature (Rs 1.02 crore), the 40i M Sport (Rs 1.07 crore) and the M50d. However, unlike the other three variants that are assembled here, the top-spec M50d is brought in as a CBU.
What’s powering the M50d?
The BMW X7 M50d is powered by a 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder, quad-turbocharged diesel engine that produces 400hp and 760Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard, which sends power to all-four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system. The M50d does 0-100kph in a claimed 5.4secs and has a limited top speed of 250kph.
What’s different on the M50d?
Being an M model, the M50d gets sportier styling elements compared to the rest of the range. It gets a more angular front bumper, a tweaked rear diffuser with larger exhaust ports, and also gets the wheel arches and side skirts finished in body colour. It sports larger alloys with different designs, an M Sport exhaust system, and M Sport brakes with blue calipers. The M50d also features gloss black trim in place of chrome around the windowsills, the roof rails and in the front bumper.
Inside, the M treatment includes a M Sport steering wheel, M Sport leather upholstery with contrast stitching and M branding, illuminated M door sills and M floormats and pedals.
What are the features on offer?
As the top-spec version of the brand’s X7 flagship SUV, the M50d, is loaded to the gills with features. The lengthy equipment list includes a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and gesture control, Bowers and Wilkins sound system, digital instrument cluster, a three-piece glass sunroof, Laser LED headlights, soft-close doors, five-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, air suspension, wireless charging and reclining function for all three rows of seats.
Safety features includes airbags, ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control, park assist (autonomous parking), a 360-degree camera and front and rear parking sensors.
Buyers can also customise their SUV as per their taste, with the help of the optional extras from BMW Individual.
Who does it compete against?
The BMW X7 M50d competes with other high-end luxury SUVs like the Range Rover Sport, Audi Q8 and Porsche Cayenne. Another key rival for the BMW X7 will be the upcoming, new-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS range, the launch of which is slated for June 17.