“The next big thing is coming soon. The first ever BMW X7.” In BMW’s own words on Instagram, the company has confirmed the arrival of its largest SUV yet.
Earlier this year, BMW had also dropped a teaser of a heavily camouflaged X7 undergoing off-road testing. The big SUV will make its public debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November. The X7 draws inspiration from the X7 iPerformance concept BMW had displayed at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new BMW X7 will initially be offered with a naturally aspirated engine, with a hybrid version to follow at a later date. Variants available at launch include the X7 M50d M Performance, xDrive40i, xDrive50i, and xDrive30d. The 3.0-litre diesel will do duty in 30d, 40d, and 50d guise, and together with the twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 from the X6 xDrive50i will round up the powertrain offerings nicely.
The BMW X7 has been in development since 2015, and the production model’s dimensions are identical to the concept. This means a length of 5,020mm, a width of 2,020mm, and height of 1,800mm make it definitively the biggest BMW SUV ever. A wheelbase of 3,010mm should make for a spacious car. It sits between the Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz GLS when it comes to exterior dimensions, with the GLS being the biggest of the three.
BMW has chosen a seven-seater layout for the X7, pitting it against the likes of Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. The X7 is squarely aimed at the two American SUVs due to their stronghold in the U.S. and Chinese market- markets BMW is focusing on with the X7. Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing at BMW said: “We will have some versions that are top-end luxury, as well as more mainstream versions. I can’t talk about pricing now, but given that this car will have all the technology and luxury of the 7 Series, it gives you a pretty good idea of the price point we’re talking about.”
It was previously believed that the X7 would be built upon an extended version of the X5’s chassis, but Robertson said that many parts are actually unique to the car. “If you put both cars next to each other, the resemblance is small in terms of wheelbase, etc. We’re not going to just extend the wheelbase; it’s a complete new panel cell.”
The BMW X7 will still carry the family look though, complete with the huge kidney grilles and halogen DRLs. It will be built at BMW’s Spartanburg, USA plant.
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