In recent years, BMW has expanded its range in almost every market niche you can imagine, but one area where it has not competed is the large segment of luxury SUVs. He is ready to enter the fray in an important way with the next 2018 BMW X7 SUV.
The final design has not yet been unveiled, but BMW has recently introduced a concept that prevents the model. The 2019 BMW X7 Concept iPerformance debuted at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Conceptual and industrial reports, we can deduce much of what the production version of the X7 will bring to the market. The production trim will likely be unveiled over the next year’s auto show season as the 2019 model.
The new model will compete with life-size SUVs competing in the luxury arena such as the Cadillac Escalade, the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase, Lincoln Navigator and upcoming Audi Q8 and Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
Looking at the prototypes, there are no surprises in design. The 2019 BMW X7 looks like a stretched version of prototypes already seen for the next generation of BMW X5, although more muscular, especially around the front section. Note that the grid and lights are test units and should be replaced on more advanced prototypes. The platform of the X7 is the flexible design of BMW’s CLAR, a modular platform that will ultimately underlie most of the manufacturer’s models sized from the 3 series. It debuted in the 7 Series in 2016 and has since appeared in the 5 Series of 2017. The lightweight construction is in the center of the CLAR platform, with exotic materials including carbon fiber reinforced plastic.
Speculation is rampant as to what will be under the hood, with a probable six-cylinder turbo. We are also planning a hybrid variant and maybe a diesel in some markets. An eight-cylinder and a V12 are also prevalent. Expect the eight-speed automatic transmission to be the primary gearbox.