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Ford Benchmarking BMW X7 Once Again

Back in May 2021, Ford Authority spotted The Blue Oval benchmarking a BMW X7, which is notable for a number of reasons. The range-topping, three-row utility vehicle has its fair share of rivals in the luxury space, though in the realm of FoMoCo’s own luxury arm, it could be considered a competitor to either the Lincoln Aviator or the Lincoln Navigator, given its size and price tag. Regardless, it seems as if The Blue Oval wanted to get a better look at the BMW X7, as Ford Authority has spotted the automaker benchmarking that same model once again – over two years since the first such sighting.

This particular BMW X7, however, is not the same one that we spotted two years ago, as it’s wearing a different color and wheels than the previously-spied crossover. In any event, the X7 is an interesting vehicle, as it’s close to the Aviator in terms of size – it’s precisely four inches longer, 3.6 inches narrower, and 1.5 inches taller than that Lincoln crossover. However, it’s also closer to the Navigator in terms of pricing, with a starting MSRP of $77,850 versus $77,635, as well as overall positioning in the market.

In terms of size, the X7 is a bit smaller than the standard, non-L Navigator, however – to the tune of 6.7 inches in length, 1.2 inches in width, and 5.3 inches in terms of height – which is precisely why it’s a bit more difficult to compare it with any Lincoln product, as the Aviator has a far lower base price of $53,340.

In any event, this BMW X7 is an xDrive 40i model, meaning that it’s equipped with all-wheel drive and is powered by the automaker’s turbocharged 3.0L I-6 powerplant, which generates 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, which flows to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. That puts it at a bit of a disadvantage compared to its Lincoln rivals, as the Aviator churns out 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque from its standard, twin-turbocharged Ford 3.0L V6 EcoBoost, while the Navigator nets 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet from its also-standard twin-turbocharged Ford 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mf

    X7 is a nice vehicle. It feels a lot more spacious than Aviator and a lot more robust. It also offered V8 power, something that neither Ford or Lincoln offers in their SUVs, making them just not competitive.

  2. Yousef

    They didn’t not compare the M50i with the v8 twin turbo making 530hp


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