BMW has sharpened its pencil and brought the new X7 in below $120k, although the range still runs to $170k before on-road costs.

The 2019 BMW X7 will launch in Australia with a two-model lineup, both powered by diesel engines, and the most affordable variant available from the get-go.

It's a change from recent policy, where BMW would launch a more expensive, mid-grade variant and then add the price leader after the initial launch.

At launch, then, BMW will offer the X7 in xDrive 30d guise, priced from $119,900 before on-road costs, and M50d specification, priced from $169,900 before on-road costs. That means local buyers can't yet opt for the xDrive 40i or xDrive 50i. In Europe, the xDrive 50i won't be available at all.

The sub-$120k 30d offers up 195kW and 620Nm, while the M50d beats out 294kW and 760Nm. Both - indeed all X7s - feature an eight-speed automatic and xDrive AWD. The 50d also gets an M Sport differential. The extensive list of standard equipment for each model can be seen below.

BMW X7 xDrive30d

  • 20-inch light alloy wheels V-spoke style 750 Silver with run flat tyres
  • Adaptive 2-axle air suspension
  • Soft-close function for doors
  • Comfort Access System
  • Third-row seats
  • Panorama glass sunroof
  • Sport seats for driver and front passenger
  • Lumbar support, front
  • Seat heating, front
  • Travel & Comfort system
  • Aluminium roof rails and window surrounds
  • Driving Assistant Professional, including Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning and front collision warning with brake intervention, crossing traffic warning at the rear, rear collision prevention and Speed Limit Information
  • Parking Assistant Plus including Reversing Assistant, Lateral Parking Aid, Rear ViewCamera, Top View, Surround View and 3D View
  • Live Cockpit Professional including 12.3” instrument cluster, 12.3” BMW operating system, 7.0 display and Intelligent Personal Assistant
  • BMW Head-Up Display
  • HiFi loudspeaker system with 10 speakers
  • Connected Package Professional including Apple CarPlay plus Wireless Charging
  • Adaptive LED headlights

BMW X7 M50d

Key specification highlights above the xDrive30d include:

  • 22-inch M light alloy wheels V-spoke style 755 M Bicolour Cerium Grey, run flat tyres
  • BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line
  • BMW Individual roof rails high-gloss Shadow Line
  • M Aerodynamics package
  • M Performance exterior design elements in Cerium Grey
  • Metallic Paint
  • Comfort seats, front
  • Upholstery, BMW Individual extended leather trim ‘Merino’
  • BMW Individual instrument panel finished in leather
  • Interior trim finishers fine-wood trim 'Fineline' Black with metal effect high-gloss
  • M Leather steering wheel
  • BMW Individual headliner Alcantara anthracite
  • Automatic air conditioning with 5-zone control
  • Heated and cooled cup holder in front centre console
  • M Sport Exhaust system
  • M Sport differential
  • Executive Drive Pro
  • Integral Active Steering
  • harman / kardon Surround Sound system
  • BMW Laserlight incl. BMW Selective Beam
  • M Sport brakes

As you'd no doubt expect, there will be customisation packages available to buyers, with two heading up the initial launch offering - Design Pure Excellence and the M Sport Package. They comprise:

Design Pure Excellence

  • 22-inch light alloy wheels with run flat tyres
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Comfort seats, front
  • Interior trim, Fine-wood trim 'Fineline Stripe' brown high-gloss
  • Upholstery, BMW Individual extended leather trim ‘Merino’
  • BMW Laserlight incl. BMW Selective Beam
  • harman / kardon Surround Sound system
  • BMW Individual headliner Alcantara anthracite
  • Side window graphic in chrome
  • Metallic paint
  • Front and rear underbody protection in stainless steel styling
  • Extended exterior embellishments finished in chrome
  • Door sill finishers with ‘BMW Individual’ designation, front and rear
  • Extended embellishments in interior in satinised aluminium

M Sport Package

  • 22-inch M light alloy wheels with run flat tyres
  • M Sport brakes
  • BMW Individual roof rails high-gloss Shadow Line
  • Interior trim, Fine-wood trim 'Fineline Stripe' brown high-gloss
  • Sport seats, front
  • BMW Laserlight incl. BMW Selective Beam
  • harman/kardon Surround Sound system
  • M Leather steering wheel
  • M Aerodynamics package
  • BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow line
  • BMW Individual headliner Alcantara anthracite
  • Metallic paint
  • Dark chrome exterior contents
  • M exterior designation on left and right front side panels
  • Tailpipe finishers in M Sport specific geometry
  • Door sill finishers with ‘M’ designation
  • M Sport pedals
  • Instrumentation with M Sport specific display

Read our drive impressions from the international launch drive from the 20th of March.