After years of sitting on the sidelines, BMW will jump into the full-size luxury SUV segment with an X7. Talk of an X7 dates back more than a decade but BMW hesitated to introduce such a model for most of that time, focusing rather on smaller sized vehicles. Strong need for an SUV positioned above the X5 and X6, particularly from China, finally in 2014 persuaded managers to provide the project the thumbs-up.
The new model will complete against rival full-size SUVs in the luxury arena such as the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase, Lincoln Navigator and upcoming Audi Q8 and Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Looking at the models, there are no surprises relating to the design. The 2019 BMW X7 looks like an extended variation of models currently seen for BMW’s next-generation X5, albeit more muscular, specifically around the front section. Note that the grille and lights are test units and ought to be replaced on more advanced prototypes.
2019 BMW X7 Platform
The platform of the X7 is BMW’s versatile CLAR style, a modular platform that will eventually underpin the majority of the car manufacturer’s models sized from the 3-Series up. It made its launching in the 2016 7-Series and has because appeared in the 2017 5-Series. Lightweight construction is main to the CLAR platform, with exotic materials including some carbon fiber-reinforced plastic expected.
Another crucial element is the compatibility with electrified powertrains. We can anticipate the new X7 to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain in addition to routine V-8 and inline-6 choices. It’s possible a V-12 will also be used, most likely in M760i M Performance trim. Inside the X7, there will be three rows of seats and a cockpit design just like exactly what’s discovered in the 2016 7-Series. Anticipate a driver-focused design and an advanced infotainment system complete with gesture control.
2019 BMW X7 Release Date
Production will take place at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The car manufacturer has validated the vehicle will go on sale in 2018, which means we’re most likely to see it arrive as a 2019 model.