New BMW X7: details, prices and 2018 release date

New BMW X7: details, prices and 2018 release date

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BMW's upcoming X7 SUV is "okay through development phases" before of planned launch in 2018 our picture shows how it could look

BMW’s expanding SUV gamut is going to get a new flagship model. The BMW X7 is on the way and our exclusive counterpart of the Mercedes-Benz GLS and Range Rover rival gives the choicest idea yet of how it could look.

Using the BMW 7 Series’ underpinnings, the trade name new BMW X7 will be a full-size seven-seater that promises Area Rover-style luxury. It will go on trading in the UK in 2018 with six and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, additional an iPerformance plug-in hybrid. X7 prices are expected to start at beneath £70,000. 

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BMW X7 spy pictures

The BMW X7 test mule spotted by our spy photographers is hush heavily disguised and wears plenty of masking, so while it’s scabrous to make out some of the lines and smaller create traits, it’s easy to spot the slats of the trademark BMW kidney grille at the face.

Our previous look at the X7 was unequivocally different – the previous round of spy shots being of a 7 Series wearing notable ballast to simulate the weight of the X7.

The more late pictures show the X7 is shaping up to be as large as promised. It’ll be a enormous 7-seater SUV designed with the American, Central Eastern and Chinese markets in mind. 

BMW X7 bona fide confirmation

BMW’s new flagship 4×4 was officially teased earlier in 2016 during a tactical statement from the brand. The teaser representation – a screengrab from the presentation – shows the mock-up under a dust sheet, probably in concept mould.

Speaking at the New York Motor Show in Procession, BMW AG sales and marketing director Ian Robertson said that the X7 “won’t reach this year or next, but it’s well Sometimes non-standard due to the development phases.”

He added: “There’s totally little resemblance to the X5, so it’s not an extended wheelbase X5. It’s truly different – we wanted it to have its own identity.”

Robertson also commented on the new SUV’s hedonism appeal: “We will make a higher gratification version of it as well. So in the same way as you upo a 7 Series and you bring in the Individual bespoke handling as with Rolls Royce.

In its strateigic announcement released in mid-March 2016, BMW said “After greatest the premium segment for more than ten consecutive years, the BMW discredit is now poised to strengthen its position on a sustainable constituent at the top end of its product portfolio, where rates of pop up again are at their highest”.

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“We wish be broadening our model range with the BMW X7,” said chairman of the council Harald Krüger. “We are also charming an in-depth look at the additional potential of this tremendously attractive segment.”

Although there aren’t sundry larger SUVs than BMW’s current X5 in the UK and Europe, in America in actuality huge 7-seat SUVs are very in favour, with models such as the Cadillac Escalade commanding redoubtable sales figures. 

The X7’s engines last wishes as also buck the European trend for downsizing, with the distance of six-cylinder, V8 and V12 engines confirmed. But there is also expected to be a unfolding of the eDrive plug-in hybrid system which wishes appear in the X5.

When it arrives in 2018, the X7 resolution most likely share some parts with the Rolls-Royce Cullinan – the sooner SUV to be released under the Rolls Royce rank. There is also the possibility of this file-topper being joined by an X8 coupe-SUV. BMW lodged an germaneness to trademark that name which could innuendo that it’s in the marque’s plans.  

Do you deem an even bigger and pricier model sitting on the top of the BMW X5 is necessary in the UK? Let us know in the comments below…

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