According to Motoring magazine, this is the first spotted BMW X7 test mule. The prototype was spotted in Garching, near Munich, and judging by the photos, BMW is testing the X7 powertrain and suspension with a longer X5 model.
BMW’s first true seven seater SUV will arrive in 2018 and is built on an all-new large car architecture, which BMW just unveiled beneath its new 7-Series, making the five meter-plus SUV lighter than the current F15 X5. The same architecture will also find its way into Rolls-Royce’s production version of the Cullinan concept SUV.
Codenamed G07, the X7 will focus on enhanced luxury, on the same level with the new 7 Series. The X7 is rumored to be more than half a meter longer and a bit wider than the X5.
By using a combination of hot-formed steels, aluminum and structural carbon-fiber pieces, the X7 is to have a weight below 1900kg. Under the hood, it will use 3.0-liter, six-cylinder petrol and diesel engine variants, plus a next-generation V8 engine. There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant with, finally, more than 50km of electric range.
A high-end V12 X7 will be offered as well to compete with the Range Rover flagship. All of its powerplants will mate up with eight-speed automatic transmissions.
The air suspension fitted in the X7 will give the high-end SUV impressive handling off-road.
BMW expects volumes of around 50,000 X7s a year and will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, alongside the X5 and X6, and BMW is expected to focus on selling the X7 in the United States, China, Russia and the Middle East.