The BMW X7: the Large SUV King Returns
BMW may not have started the SUV segment, but they sure have ruled it for the last decade or so. First, there was the X5, the original BMW SUV. It proved to be a massive success for the company, outselling even most of their sedans. The following X6 with its sleek coupe-like SUV body received high praises from everyone, essentially gaining more popularity even than the X5. Well, BMW isn’t planning on stopping there. The upcoming X7 has its eyes set on the Audi Q9 and the next-gen Mercedes GL, hoping to regain the title as the best SUV on the market.
Over the last few years there have been tons of speculations, renderings and debates over the 2018 BMW X7, but it was only recently that BMW released an official statement. Long story short, the car will be produced in BMW’s plant in Spartanburg and it’s meant to be a global vehicle, meaning we’ll get to see it in the U.S., China, Russia, as well as Europe. The most recent rumors suggest that we’ll get to see its debut in 2018 for the U.S. market first, before it gets global credentials. With so many markets in its sights, it has to deliver if it is to stand any chance against its German rivals.
From the outside at least, it certainly means business. If the recent renderings and BMW’s statement are to be believed, then it’ll look somewhat similar to the X5, but it will be significantly larger. Think of it as an X5 on steroids. The classic BMW design language dictates how the car will look, with the traditional aggressive lines, twin-kidney grille and mean-looking headlights sloping into the grille being present. It will have the more traditional SUV look instead of the X6’s coupe silhouette for one simple reason: it’s meant to be a full 7-seater. A sloping roofline would have meant that it has no chance of accommodating 7 people.
Knowing BMW, the interior should be something special too. Sure, it’s just another X-car and we’ll probably see gadgets and design similar to that in other BMW products, but being the ultimate SUV, we’re expecting unprecedented levels of luxury. The flagship X7 will be perhaps the most luxurious BMW to date, overshadowing even the 7-Series. We’ll wait until we see it in the flesh to conclude that one, but if it isn’t rich in safety and infotainment features we’ll be really surprised.
The engine options under the hood, for the moment at least, hold the biggest mystery. We can expect the TwinPower 3.0 liter straight-six with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque to be a base engine, and the 4.4 liter V8 will almost definitely make an appearance in higher variants of the X7. With 445 hp and 480 pound-feet of torque, it should be a real monster on the road.
A diesel version is almost a given, especially for Europe. We could very well see a smaller engine in the 2018 X7, but in all probability the 3.0 liter engine like the one in the M50d will do wonders for the large and heavy X7. It produces 381 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque. Remember, that’s a diesel with 381 hp, simply unbelievable. No word on whether we’ll see an X7 M version, but if the competition is anything to go by (GL63 AMG), BMW will grant us an M version of the X7.
The X7 is expected to be the most expensive X-car ever, but with no official data, it’s hard to name the exact price. Expect it to cost anywhere from $60,000 to $70,000 for the base model, and go up to $100,000 for the V8 one. We’ll share more once we know more, so keep checking this site for the latest and newest in automotive coverage.