Speaking to Autocar at the New York Auto Show last month, BMW head of sales and marketing Ian Robertson said the upcoming X7’s underpinnings will be so heavily adjusted that the structure will be basically new.
“If you put both cars [the X5 and X7] next to each other, the resemblance is small in terms of wheelbase and so on,” he said. “We’re not going to just extend the wheelbase; it’s a complete new panel cell.”
The high-end SUV will be built on the CLAR platform which uses a mixture of high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber, increasing structural rigidity while saving weight. Just like the next 5 Series – which is rumored to shed anywhere from 50 to 100 kg – the X7 is expected to keep its weight in check, despite its large dimensions.
Robertson also said that rather than sharing the X5’s engine line-up, the X7 would take its pick of engines from the entire BMW range. Furthermore, the chief of sales said that the new SUV will have not one but two variants on sale, including a more luxurious version.
BMW plans an average annual production of 45,000 units. The base version will cost around 130,000 euros.