A test mule of the 2018 BMW X7 has been spied in Garching, near Munich, Germany, courtesy of Motoring.com.au. As per the publication’s sources, prototypes were being tested for longer powertrain and suspension concepts.
Internally known as ‘BMW G07’, the X7 is said to be longer than 5 metres and will be a three-row seven-seater.
The current X5’s length is 4,880 mm (4.88 m), and the X7 is expected to be about .5 m longer, putting its length at about 5,380 mm (5.38 m). It will sit on the BMW CLAR rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the new generation 7 Series and future generations of the 5- and 6-Series models. Like the all-new range topping saloon, its body should make extensive use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP).
Air suspension is expected to be offered for ensuring that the vehicle has outstanding off-road capabilities despite of its large size and heavy weight, and the air suspension’s weight will be kept low by using aluminum parts. A rear-wheel drive version is also planned to be offered alongside the xDrive all-wheel drive version.
The luxury crossover will be offered with 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and an all-new V8 engine. A plug-in hybrid variant will also be sold, which will have an electric-only range of more than 50 km to make it less gimmicky and more sellable.
As per a previous report, the plug-in hybrid powertrain’s combustion engine will burn diesel. Moreover, a V12 petrol engine will also be offered, understandably at the top-end of the variant line.
The BMW X7 is expected to arrive in late 2017 or early 2018, and is confirmed to be built alongside the X5 and X6 in Spartanburg in South Carolina, USA.