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Everything is bigger in America, including German crossovers.

With three rows of seats, nearly as much cargo volume as an over-the-road truck and a curb weight exceeding two-and-a-half tons, the 2019 BMW X7 isn't just this automaker's largest vehicle, it's a way for them to cater specifically to American motorists, who traditionally want more of everything.

Ralph Mahler, the man in charge of BMW's U.S. product planning and strategy said, "This car is designed for the U.S. market and you can see that in terms of size, you can see it also in terms of seating configuration." Like models from rival automakers, the X7 can accommodate up to seven people, though second-row captain's chairs are also offered in lieu of a traditional bench seat, which reduces the headcount to a still-commodious six.

"And also, what makes us really proud is, besides the size of this car, and it's the biggest we have basically in terms of volume, it still drives like a BMW," noted Mahler. "Now, I can only tell you because you are not able to drive it… [but] you don't feel the weight of the car, it is a true BMW as a luxury SAV (sports-activity vehicle)." We certainly look forward to testing this new crossover and finding out whether Mahler is exaggerating or whether the engineers in Munich have worked their magic once again to defy the laws of physics.

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fun fact, SUV's like this started back with the Chevrolet Suburban
after wwii, soldiers coming home liked what they had on the field, the Suburban and demanded it for civilian use leading to what we have today. BMW has GM to thank
 

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That's interesting, had no idea that was the case. I dont think anyone anticipated SUV's and crossovers to dominate the auto industry in the way that they have been though. Especially with the new regulations over emissions and fuel economy.
 

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That's interesting, had no idea that was the case. I dont think anyone anticipated SUV's and crossovers to dominate the auto industry in the way that they have been though. Especially with the new regulations over emissions and fuel economy.
It was really a matter of automakers taking the risk and testing what consumers want. Hatchbacks would have been it, but coming from a past flush with big American SUV's, some of that image had to live on, so CUV's and Crossovers it is.
 
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