2018 BMW X7 Release Date and Specs
The 2018 BMW X7, as the largest and most powerful SUV in the brand’s family, has long been discussed among the automotive enthusiasts. About a year ago, the Bavarian automaker issued an official statement that confirmed the X7 SUV to enter production. However, we’re still faced with a lot of unknowns when it comes to this model. So far, we’ve established several facts concerning the 2018 BMW X7 SUV. The model will hit the showrooms by the end of 2017, offered in three-row configuration and considerably larger than the BMW X5 SUV.
A couple of test prototypes of the new BMW X7 were spotted in February 2015. The spy images triggered further speculation about this luxury SUV. Some sources hinted at the possibility that the X7 might be based on the Rolls-Royce SUV, including its engine range. However, it’s much more likely that the 2018 BMW X7 will be influenced by the new BMW 7-Series.
2018 BMW X7 Design
Thanks to those spy photos, we’ve been able to see the camouflaged test mules using the chassis of the 2016 BMW 7-Series. It’s also clear that these prototypes were fitted with engines aimed for the new X7 SUV. What is more, the company has clearly stated that the X7 won’t share any of its components with the Rolls-Royce SUV. So, the rumors about the connection between these two models turned out to be misleading.
The 2018 BMW X7 will ride on the same platform that underpins the new-generation 7-Series. Not only will the new model borrow its platform, it will also share much of its luxury features. The upcoming X7 will be based on the new modular platform as part of BMW’s new ’’35up’’ design. Lightweight construction will be essential to this new design and the 35up platform will include certain amounts of carbon fiber. As a result, the vehicle will come with a substantially reduced curb weight. Interestingly, the X7 will weigh almost exactly the same as the smaller X5 SUV. Inside the cabin, there will be plenty of luxury features taken mostly from the BMW 7-Series. The X7 is expected to provide exceptional comfortability for up to seven passengers.
The upcoming X7 will be available on all of the big markets. In the US, expect to see gasoline-powered V6 and V8 engines. Some time later, the BMW X7 Plug-In Hybrid version is due to make its debut as well. European buyers can expect a 6.0-liter V12 gasoline unit used by the BMW 760i. The tuned version of this engine generates 550 hp and 554 lb-ft of torque. Being a BMW model, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the upcoming X7 receives an extended engine range. All of the X7 versions will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard.
2018 X7 Price
The 2018 BMW X7 is primarily aimed to take on the Audi Q7 SUV. Some of its other competitors include the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GL and Infiniti QX80. Its pricing range is expected to be in accordance with its rivals. According to some estimates, the 2018 BMW X7 should start around $60,000, while the range-topping model might cost in excess of $130,000.