Car and Driver brings forward a new rendering of the BMW X7, the future luxury SUV which will sit at the top of the X family. Built on BMW’s largest rear-wheel-drive platform but with available four-wheel drive, the X7 will have cutting-edge connectivity, driver-assistance, and infotainment systems.
Rumors say the new SUV will have not one but two variants on sale. Up until recently, we knew the biggest X model will come with seven seats, considering its size and purpose – to be a luxurious carrier for numerous families – but the rumors point to an ultra-luxurious four-seat versions as well. The two variants will not only be differentiated by the number of seats squeezed inside the cabin, but also by their distinct looks, as they will be noticeably different in styling. What that means exactly is still a mystery.
The four-seat version will also be featuring more convenience options, and will be more luxurious, with a price tag starting over $100,000, making it considerably more expensive than the X5 and X6 models, excluding the M versions. This pricing will make it a niche product and it should represent about 1 percent of the projected 45,000 units that will be sold yearly.
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 engines will channel their torque to the drive wheels through a ZF eight-speed automatic
Competition will be fierce for the X7, starting with the Audi Q7, Cadillac Escalade and Infiniti QX80, and continuing with Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Lincoln Navigator and Mercedes-Benz GLS-class.