After years of sitting on the sidelines, BMW is about to jump into the full-size luxury SUV section with an X7. Talk of an X7 goes back more than a years but BMW hesitated to introduce such a model for the majority of that time, focusing rather on smaller sized vehicles. Strong demand for an SUV positioned above the X5 and X6, particularly from China, finally in 2014 persuaded managers to give the job the green light. The new model will complete against competing full-size SUVs in the high-end 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.
Taking a look at the models, there are no surprises regarding the design. The 2019 BMW X7 looks like an extended variation of prototypes already seen for BMW’s next-generation X5, albeit more muscular, particularly around the front section. Note that the grille and lights are test units and need to be replaced on advanced models.
2019 BMW X7 Platform
The platform of the X7 is BMW’s flexible CLAR design, a modular platform that will eventually underpin the majority of the automaker’s models sized from the 3-Series up. It made its debut in the 2016 7-Series and has because appeared in the 2017 5-Series. Light-weight construction is main to the CLAR platform, with exotic products consisting of some carbon fiber-reinforced plastic expected. Inside the X7, there will be 3 rows of seats and a cockpit design similar to what’s found in the 2016 7-Series. Anticipate a driver-focused layout and a sophisticated infotainment system complete with gesture control.
2019 BMW X7 Engine
Another crucial element is the compatibility with energized powertrains. We can expect the new X7 to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain in addition to regular V-8 and inline-6 alternatives. It’s possible a V-12 will also be used, most likely in M760i M Performance trim.
2019 BMW X7 Release Date
Production will occur at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The automaker has validated the vehicle will go on sale in 2018, which implies we’re most likely to see it show up as a 2019 model.