It looks like the new BMW X7 will be making its debut in Thailand before it reaches Malaysia in May – Munich’s flagship SUV is set to be unveiled at the 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show later this month.

Unveiled in October 2018, production at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in the USA started in December last year, and the international press drive – a relay run from South Carolina in the east to California in the west – is currently happening in the States. Quite a speedy arrival to our region then.

Previewed by the Concept X7 iPerformance from 2017, the G07 X7 sits above the long-standing “boss” of BMW’s X range, the X5, which recently went into the fourth generation.

The G07 X7 is based on a modified X5 platform and aims to offer 7 Series luxury in a big SUV body. BMW is targeting cars like the Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Lexus LX, among other giants. North America and China are expected to be the biggest markets for the X7.

The variant that will be sold in Thailand is the X7 M50d, which is powered by a 3.0 litre inline-six turbodiesel with 400 hp and 760 Nm of torque. Paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive, the M Performance model is good for 0-100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. Not bad for a giant SUV that’s over 5.1 metres long and weighs over 2.4 tonnes.

Diesel engines in premium cars is something we’ve never really warmed up to, so Malaysia will most likely get the X7 in base xDrive40i form. That one comes with a 3.0 litre turbocharged inline-six with 340 hp and 450 Nm. Also paired to an eight-speeder and the firm’s rear-biased AWD system, the X7 xDrive40i does 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds.

The X7 is a three-row SUV that’s available as both a six- and seven-seater, the former with two individual middle row chairs instead of the standard bench, which we will get here.

The “7 Series of the X range” in M50d form will be priced at 8.999 million baht in Thailand, which is equivalent to RM1,162,989. Packed with every conceivable feature in the carmaker’s arsenal even in standard form, it will cost quite a sum here as well, being a CBU import from the USA.