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(Left Page) Parked near Rodin's sculpture - The Gates of Hell. (Above) The interior design exudes class, performance, and luxury. (Below) The engine has
a no-compromise Ultimate Driving Machine look.
Today, a car manufacturer's
"flagship" vehicle is no longer a
sedan; it's an SUV. And there is NO
argument that the Escalade has a
presence. The Mercedes G-Class
and the Range Rover also have it. As
much as we love the X5, some say
that it didn't have such a presence.
The X5 was much more of a
performance luxury SUV than a
spectacle for which everyone would
stop and stare.
This must have bothered Adrian
van Hooydonk, who pushed for the
development of such a product.
When the development of X7 was
announced in 2014, the buzz was
immediate and immense. When the
opportunity to pre-order the vehicle
was announced, over 10,000 orders
were received. Was this product
worth the wait? The short answer
is "yes". I spent a week in the San
Francisco/Silicon Valley in a fully
loaded X7 and I found that in a land of
wealthy people driving exotic cars, it's
clear that the X7 achieved its goal.
The moment you see the new
X7, you stop and stare. An homage to

September I October

the 1930 BMW 328, the new "dual
kidney" grill is upright, big, and
bold. These design cues are carried
throughout the exterior. While the
"uprightness" gives the X7 an
unmistaken "precision" and
"purposeful" German feel, there's
also enough softness in the design

to yield a feeling of warmth. This is
proof that the X7 designers must
have spent a fair amount of time in
the Rolls-Royce design studios.
My evaluation vehicle was equipped
with 22-inch wheels, which added to
its purposeful, upright elegance.
Equipped with the luxury

seating package and glass controls,
the outstanding hybrid of German
and English design carried through
to the interior. The best way to
describe the design, the materials,
and the refinement is to imagine
a combination of Ethan Allen and
Tiffany & Co. The "hand-built-

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