BMW first announced a flagship X7 SUV would be joining the range back in 2014, but until now hasn’t offered much more about the new addition to the range.
While BMW hasn’t offered any express information about how the new model will be positioned, the natural progression through the X range will see it positioned above the X5, as a competitor for seven seat SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Audi Q7.
Now, as part of BMW’s annual media presentation the German luxury maker has offered a first look at the X7.
Draped in a sheet, but pictured alongside the rest of the range, the X7 promises to be BMW’s largest vehicle yet - although it’s worth noting that the images aren’t to scale.
Confirmed for production at BMW’s Spartanburg, North Carolina plant in the US, the X7 will be built alongside the X5 and X6 on a lengthened version of the next generation X5’s platform.
The USA is targeted as a key market for the X7, however China will also factor strongly in BMW’s sale forecasts, however no announcement has yet been made regarding Chinese assembly of the three-row X7.
The arrival of the X7 will also likely see the seven-seat option dropped from the X5 range, making it a dedicated five-seat vehicle in the wake of the new, more spacious arrival.
Engines will also be drawn from the X5, bypassing the X5’s entry-level four cylinder powerplants, but making use of new-generation six-cylinder petrol and diesel, and V8 petrol engines. BMW’s growing range of plug-in hybrid options will also likely appear.
Production is still some way off however, while a concept version may appear before the end of this year, the X7 is unlikely to go into production until 2017 or possibly 2018. A right hand drive version, and an Australian berth are also yet to be confirmed.
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