BMW has teased its upcoming and largest-ever SUV 12 months ahead of its official worldwide debut next year.
While revealed in near final trim but only as a camo-clad teaser, images from the production line show a glimpse of what the German manufacturer’s largest SUV will look like. The new SUV (or SAV Sport Activity Vehicle as BMW calls it) is fitted with a large version of the Bavarian brand’s familiar kidney grille design between thin headlights and flared guards. No interior images beyond the roof lining have been released yet of the luxurious seven-seater but it will be the largest SUV in the line-up when it goes on sale in 2019.
The first pre-production vehicles are produced in BMW’s US Spartanburg, South Carolina facility and on the same line that also produces the X5 and X6 for export to over 140 countries. The first run of pre-production vehicles will give the team a chance to assess the new X7 build process and make changes to optimise efficiency.
The first run of X7s built are also for testing purposes and will undergo extreme weather testing in both the Death Valley, California and Scandinavia in Europe along with homologation, registration and endurance testing.
Head of the Spartanburg plant, Knudt Flor, said the X7 will be the fifth X model to be produced at BMW’s largest production plant in the world.
“We are proud to produce the BMW X7 here in Spartanburg, the home of our X models. This is a very special vehicle and our employees are looking forward to yet a further member of the X family. Together with the BMW X7, a total of five BMW X models will be exported from Spartanburg to all four corners of the globe.”
The final production-ready X7 will be presented at the end of 2018 and BMW Australia has confirmed it will be introducing the big family SUV here in early 2019.
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