According to Drive Australia, BMW is expected to launch an ultra-luxurious version of its upcoming BMW X7 SUV. “As a company, we are open-eyed and we are having a close look at our competitors and this is where we are really dealing with it in an intelligent way,” BMW interior design chief Oliver Heilmer told Drive. “From a design perspective, any new concept is attractive from our point of view and every niche could be something new.”
While the standard X7 would feature a third row to accommodate sevens seats, the luxurious X7 model is said to ditch the second and third row and opt for two executive seats offering extensive legroom, reclining and massing functions, and similar high-tech as seen in the new 7 Series. Volvo offers features in the XC90 Excellence sold in China.
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.
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.
The X7 is expected to be launched on the market in late 2017 or early 2018 as a rival to the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Land Rover Range Rover.