BMW is working on the new addition to its already impressive lineup of sports utility vehicles. With the new 2018 BMW X7, this brand will enter the full-size three-row luxury SUV race. The stories about BMW X7 have been around for more than the decade but during that period BMW was focused on smaller models. However, growing demand for the full-size SUVs persuaded BMW that is the right time for the new model. When it arrives in the full-size arena, the new X7 will stand against rivals like Mercedes GLS, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, upcoming Audi Q8, etc.
What will we get?
The new BMW X7 won’t be the full surprise when comes to design. It will share a lot of similarities with the next-gen X5 regarding the look as well as the structure. The engine lineup will be close to that on the 7-Series and the cabin should get similar treatment as the 2016 7-Series.
2018 BMW X7: Platform, Design
Like the 2016 7-Series model and the most of BMW’s future vehicles including the next-gen X5, the 2018 BMW X7 will ride on the BMW’s modular CLAR platform. The modern CLAR deign implements some of the modern lightweight materials like the carbon fiber-reinforced plastic and aluminum which will provide light but stiff construction. This modern architecture also allows electrified powertrain and implementation of modern safety technologies.
The appearance of the new X7 won’t be the surprise because it will use the same recipe as the new-generation X5. The model will, however, feature more macular front end design where it will include familiar split kidney grille and headlights similar the units on the new X5. The model will also have short front overhang while overall proportions and design of the model will be like on the X5 except that will be enlarged.
Inside the cabin, the new BMW X7 will offer seats for seven in the three-row arrangement. The standard third row will be suitable for the adults.
On the other hand, the design of interior will be similar to what we can see in the latest 7-Series sedan. There will be driver-oriented layout and modern infotainment platform which will feature gesture control.
The advanced safety technologies will also be implemented in this model. It will offer the long list of active driver aids including the most of currently available in the 2016 7-Series.
2018 BMW X7: Powertrain
Powering the new 2018 BMW X7 will be the similar lineup of engines like in the 7-Series sedan.
The base engine should be the B58 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 which should produce around 320 horsepower. The next-level engine will be a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 serving around 445 hp.
In addition to the conventional powertrain, the X7 should also offer the plug-in hybrid variant. What is also possible, the M performance version with V-12 engine might also be in the lineup.
2018 BMW X7: Release, Price
The new 2018 BMW X7 should debut sometime in the second half of this year. It will go on sale sometime in 2018 and some sources suggest that it might come as the 2019 model. The production of this model will be in the plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
As for the price, we expect it to start from around $70, 000. But the price might surpass $125k for the range-topping version.