BMW is testing its new X7 SUV as seen in images courtesy of Motor Authority. This seven-seat offering will be the largest car in the German brand’s range when it goes on sale in late 2018. Read on for full details…
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BMW X7 – styling
Previous X7 test cars were disguised using 7 Series body panels and a giant roof rack laden with extra weights to simulate the larger SUV’s seven-seater body. In contrast, this prototype appears to sport mostly finished bodywork. Its proportions are similar to the smaller X5 but its wheelbase has been stretched and roof made straighter – probably to offer rear seat passengers more headroom.
The few features we can see poking out from behind a swirling vinyl wrap certainly look befitting of a giant SUV. Two vast kidney grilles, a pair of huge chrome exhaust tips and numerous gaping air intakes complement the X7’s large body while black wheelarches and a set of large alloy wheels tick all the necessary SUV boxes.
BMW X7 – interior
The X7 should boast vastly improved cabin space for rear seat passengers compared to its X5 sibling. Boot space should see a healthy boost, too – especially with the rear rows of seats folded away.
We expect the cabin to boast the same high-tech features as the latest 7 Series. Swathes of upmarket materials should complement a thoroughly high-tech infotainment system complete with gesture controls and BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system.
Rear seat passengers should be offered exceptional levels of leg and headroom too thanks to the X7’s generous proportions and flat roofline. In addition, this new SUV appears to sport long rear doors to help make jumping in the back as easy as possible.
BMW X7 – engines and driving
The X7 will be built on a platform shared with the latest 7 Series and 5 Series saloons. Highlights of this high-tech platform include lightweight carbon fibre components to help cut the kerb weight of this high-riding SUV to less than most rivals.
A range of six and eight-cylinder engines should be offered alongside an efficient plug-in hybrid model. This version will probably borrow the 7 Series’ compact four-cylinder petrol unit and powerful electric motor.
Rumours suggest BMW could also choose to offer the new X7 in M760i trim fitted with a monstrous twin-turbo V12 engine – also borrowed from the 7 Series. This wallet-bruising unit produces a colossal 601hp in BMW’s flagship saloon and we expect it to pump out a similarly impressive figure in the X7.
BMW X7 – price and release date
BMW hasn’t confirmed how much the X7 will cost when it goes on sale in late 2018 but we expect an entry-level six-cylinder model to set you back in the region of £65,000. Choose a range-topping V12 version, however, and you could find yourself spending comfortably more than £100,000.
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BMW X7 price, specs and release date (updated March 2016)
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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