BMW has announced it will be making a super-luxury SUV to be called the X7. It’s expected to cost around £100,000 and will rival the Range Rover, Bentley Bentayga and forthcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan.
BMW’s current range-topping SUV is the X5 but the X7 will be even bigger and more luxurious, sitting as the brand’s flagship model. Like the smaller X5, it’ll be built in South Carolina, USA.
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BMW X7 styling
BMW has confirmed that the X7 will be larger than the X5, making it the biggest model in its lineup. No official images have been released yet, but we can see the overall shape from the teaser images above. In silhouette, the shape is similar to the X5, but larger in every dimension.
In particular, the brand will introduce extra length in the rear helping the X7 offer more space to rear seat passengers. The rear overhang will be slightly longer too, to provide more room for those in the third row of seats, as well as more boot space.
The usual BMW styling cues will be feature on the X7. These include the iconic ‘kidney’ grilles, which could be bigger and more prominent than the X5. Squared-off headlights with BMW’s signature LED daytime running lights are fitted and other exterior lights should use LED bulbs, too – helping reduce energy consumption. ‘Intelligent’ headlights will help the driver see round corners and automatically dim when they see oncoming traffic.
BMW X7 interior
The BMW X7 will be big on the inside as well as the outside. Like the X5, it’s expected to have three full rows of seats, bringing its passenger capacity to seven. The rear-most row will be larger than the X5, however, meaning adults will be able to use them. Boot space will also be increased so that, even with seven passengers, there will be reasonable room for luggage.
Standard features will include an iDrive infotainment system, and rear seat passengers will probably have a ‘Touch Command’ tablet – like that on the new BMW 7 Series – allowing them control heating, lighting and entertainment functions. High-tech options include live traffic information, onboard WiFi and even a concierge service allowing you to speak to a real life ‘personal assistant’ for on-the-fly route planning. Self-parking will also be available as an option.
Ambient lighting will be fitted to the cabin, allowing passengers to change the colour and brightness of interior lights. A ‘light carpet’ will ofter a choice of images that can be projected onto the ground when the doors are opened. Incoming air will be purified before entering the cabin and passengers will be able to choose from a range of fragrances.
An even more opulent model is rumoured to be in the pipeline, swapping the seven-seat layout for two individual reclining rear seats, complete with a massage function. This model would lose the third row of seats, turning the X7 into a strict four-seater. We expect this option to be particularly popular in China, where rear seat comfort is the priority for many buyers.
BMW X7 engines
A range of 3.0-litre diesel engines will be available in the BMW X7, with a variety of power outputs to suit buyers. We also expect to see a 4.4-litre twin-turbo petrol engine, and possibly an even larger V12 unit. All are expected to be fitted with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
We also expect BMW to offer a plug-in hybrid X7, too. This version will allow owners to charge the car at home or at public charging points, then drive the car in a pure electric mode. When the batteries get low, the petrol or diesel engine will automatically kick in to power the car and recharge the batteries.
BMW X7 driving
BMW is known for offering a sharper, sportier drive than its competitors so, if you’re a keen driver, the X7 may suit you more than rivals such as the Range Rover. The body will be built from a mixture of high-tech, lightweight materials but, despite this, we still expect it to be fairly hefty thanks to the luxurious cabin.
The payoff for the improved on-road manners is that BMW SUVs traditionally lack the off-road ability of some of their rivals. While the X7 will have four-wheel drive, don’t expect it to be an extreme off-roader, especially on the road tyres that will come as standard.
BMW X7 price
No official price has been announced, but we expect the X7 will cost in the region of £100,000. However, with options added, many buyers will spend much more.
BMW X7 release date
The BMW X7 will be officially released next year and deliveries should start around 2018. The car has already been caught testing, disguised at a BMW 7 Series, but carrying extra load on the roof to replicate the increased weight of the X7.
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