BMW is launching an X7 to rival the Mercedes-Benz GL and Land Rover Range Rover. BMW and Rolls Royce have been working on two SUVs for two years. In 2013, when world plunged into a major economic crisis, BMW felt it was not the time to announce the production of both models, but they were being developed, trying on different systems, running on various engines and materials were assessed for chassis and bodies. The X7 even received the internal codename F17.
The BMW X7 will feature the suspension and running gear of the new X5 and X6, although the flagship X could also sell a version with rear-wheel drive as well as intelligent xDrive. The range of engines will vary from TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder and V8 gasoline and diesel, to a plug-in hybrid version. The top model will be a V12, which will mean being the first production model of the X range with an engine of this type.
The rendering shown here takes design cues from the BMW X5 and the new 7 Series. The front-end sports the same headlights as the 7er and the upright nose from all X models. Despite being somewhat realistic, the render is likely far from the actual X7. BMW is expecting to give their luxury SUV a distinctive look and more premium features.
The X7 was already confirmed for a market launch in 2019, when production will begin at BMW’s Spartanburg factory in South Carolina, the U.S. Customers will have to pay at least $140,000 for the entry-level version.