BMW's largest SUV will be sold in the UK from February 2019 and make its public debut at LA motor show in November

The BMW X7 will be revealed imminently according to the German car maker, which has release a dark image of the front of the upcoming large SUV.

Shown on BMW's Instagram channel, the words accompanying the image said: "The next big thing is coming soon. The first-ever #BMW #X7."

We’ve already seen hints off the car: in a video released earlier this year (below) showing a disguised X7’s off-roading ability, in patent images which surfaced online and during our recent camouflaged prototype drive of the car.

X7 prototype drive

Due to make its public debut at the Los Angeles motor show in November, the range-topping SUV, which will also go up against the Mercedes-Benz GLS, is heavily inspired by the X7 iPerformance concept at last year's Frankfurt motor show.

BMW's upcoming seven-seater will initially feature a naturally aspirated engine, rather than the hybrid powertrain of the X7 iPerformance. However, a hybrid variant will come later. 

An X7 M50d M Performance, as well as xDrive40i, xDrive50i and xDrive30d variants will be available from launch, with the 3.0-litre diesel in 30d, 40d and 50d guises and the twin-turbo 4.4-litre petrol V8 from the X6 xDrive50i expected to make up the meat of the range. 

It's not known if an upper M Performance model is will sit above the M50d M Performance - it's aimed at the US and Chinese markets - so an equivalent to the M760Li could act as the range-topper. X7 xDriveM60i badging could be used.

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Sitting alongside the 7 Series at the top of BMW's line-up, the car is due on UK roads from February 2019. The X7 has been spotted testing several times in the past few months, having been in development since 2015, offering glimpses of the future SUV's design and scale. It will be the largest SUV yet by BMW.

Its dimensions remain similar to the concept. This means a length of 5020mm, 2020mm width and 1800mm in height, as well as a 3010mm wheelbase, while the car will be roughly 113mm longer, 82mm wider and 37mm higher than the X5, with a 76mm longer wheelbase. 

It's around 110mm shorter and a little wider than the Mercedes-Benz GLS and around 30mm longer than the Range Rover.

It will have three rows of seats, making it a rival for the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator in the US and China – two core markets for the car. 

Familiar design features such as halo daytime running lights and kidney grilles will appear. The light bar seen on the X7 iPerformance is not carried over to the production model.

While the seven-seat X7 is being developed with the US and Chinese markets in mind, it was confirmed for the UK by former BMW head of sales and marketing Ian Robertson in 2016.

Speaking to Autocar at the New York motor show that year, Robertson said: “We will have some versions that are top-end luxury, as well as more mainstream versions. I can’t talk about pricing now, but given that this car will have all the technology and luxury of the 7 Series, it gives you a pretty good idea of the price point we’re talking about.”

Previously, it was thought that the X7 would be built on an extended version of the X5’s underpinnings, but Robertson said many parts are actually bespoke. “If you put both cars next to each other, the resemblance is small in terms of wheelbase, etc. We’re not going to just extend the wheelbase; it’s a complete new panel cell.”

The X7 will be built at the company's plant at Spartanburg, USA.

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16 February 2015
Like the Mercedes GL the X7 will be pointless as long as the Range Rover exists. Like the Merc the X7 won't be as capable on and off road, won't be as well built and won't feel as luxurious or have as stunning quality materials as the Range Rover. And then there's the desirability cache and class of the Range Rover, and the Land Rover brand in general, which BMW and Mercedes can only dream of.

16 February 2015
It's a wonder Mercedes are able to sell any GLs then.. Sales numbers do indicate more people buy Range Rovers but they are still comparable. As for desirability and class, it's a wonder these German upstarts are still in business. Probably something to do with the fact that up until about 10 years ago British cars were generally terrible, based on my experience of a Range Rover and two Jag XJs (both contemporary at the time, not sheds). I have to guess you are either trolling or some sort of weirdo that sleeps with Union Jack bedlinen. Mercedes and BMW both make fine cars and some people actively buy them over Range Rovers and Jaguars. In fact, most people with the means actually do just that.

17 January 2017
JacobE wrote:

It's a wonder Mercedes are able to sell any GLs then.. Sales numbers do indicate more people buy Range Rovers but they are still comparable. As for desirability and class, it's a wonder these German upstarts are still in business. Probably something to do with the fact that up until about 10 years ago British cars were generally terrible, based on my experience of a Range Rover and two Jag XJs (both contemporary at the time, not sheds). I have to guess you are either trolling or some sort of weirdo that sleeps with Union Jack bedlinen. Mercedes and BMW both make fine cars and some people actively buy them over Range Rovers and Jaguars. In fact, most people with the means actually do just that.

Most of the people who buy the unreliable German crap don't actually know that German car are about the same reliability as their European counterparts. Old school German reliability died a long time ago and all dependability surveys show this year in year old. If you want reliability look no further then japanese who had some 6 out of 10 places in the top ten reliability surveys. Porsche was the only German make but lets face it, it's the same car for 4 decades.

As for innovation, Tesla have wiped their ass on the German faces with their autonomous electric car since the day the Model S was sold. With Google and apple cars imminent it's only down hill for the Germans.

12 February 2018
GODFATHER wrote:
JacobE wrote:

It's a wonder Mercedes are able to sell any GLs then.. Sales numbers do indicate more people buy Range Rovers but they are still comparable. As for desirability and class, it's a wonder these German upstarts are still in business. Probably something to do with the fact that up until about 10 years ago British cars were generally terrible, based on my experience of a Range Rover and two Jag XJs (both contemporary at the time, not sheds). I have to guess you are either trolling or some sort of weirdo that sleeps with Union Jack bedlinen. Mercedes and BMW both make fine cars and some people actively buy them over Range Rovers and Jaguars. In fact, most people with the means actually do just that.

Most of the people who buy the unreliable German crap don't actually know that German car are about the same reliability as their European counterparts. Old school German reliability died a long time ago and all dependability surveys show this year in year old. If you want reliability look no further then japanese who had some 6 out of 10 places in the top ten reliability surveys. Porsche was the only German make but lets face it, it's the same car for 4 decades. As for innovation, Tesla have wiped their ass on the German faces with their autonomous electric car since the day the Model S was sold. With Google and apple cars imminent it's only down hill for the Germans.

oh yes! And we won the War!!!, some of us are stil celebrating!, it comes down to this, your money your choice, doesn’t matter whether you made the right choice or not, if your happy, then that’s all that matters, yes you might make the wrong choice, but, I imagine People who buy these type of Vehicles have had one or more before so they know what they want and know what to go for.

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Peter Cavellini.

15 October 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

GODFATHER wrote:
JacobE wrote:

It's a wonder Mercedes are able to sell any GLs then.. Sales numbers do indicate more people buy Range Rovers but they are still comparable. As for desirability and class, it's a wonder these German upstarts are still in business. Probably something to do with the fact that up until about 10 years ago British cars were generally terrible, based on my experience of a Range Rover and two Jag XJs (both contemporary at the time, not sheds). I have to guess you are either trolling or some sort of weirdo that sleeps with Union Jack bedlinen. Mercedes and BMW both make fine cars and some people actively buy them over Range Rovers and Jaguars. In fact, most people with the means actually do just that.

Most of the people who buy the unreliable German crap don't actually know that German car are about the same reliability as their European counterparts. Old school German reliability died a long time ago and all dependability surveys show this year in year old. If you want reliability look no further then japanese who had some 6 out of 10 places in the top ten reliability surveys. Porsche was the only German make but lets face it, it's the same car for 4 decades. As for innovation, Tesla have wiped their ass on the German faces with their autonomous electric car since the day the Model S was sold. With Google and apple cars imminent it's only down hill for the Germans.

oh yes! And we won the War!!!, some of us are stil celebrating!, it comes down to this, your money your choice, doesn’t matter whether you made the right choice or not, if your happy, then that’s all that matters, yes you might make the wrong choice, but, I imagine People who buy these type of Vehicles have had one or more before so they know what they want and know what to go for.

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We won the war yet german still ended up takeover Europe through the EU. Face it, the european car are as bad as each other and the Asians are showing the world the way for reliability. Tesla on the other hand is showing how tech can improve a car and reliability.

20 December 2017

volumes are quite lowand made by magna

16 February 2015
Saucerer wrote:

Like the Mercedes GL the X7 will be pointless as long as the Range Rover exists. Like the Merc the X7 won't be as capable on and off road, won't be as well built and won't feel as luxurious or have as stunning quality materials as the Range Rover. And then there's the desirability cache and class of the Range Rover, and the Land Rover brand in general, which BMW and Mercedes can only dream of.

Absolutely spot on. In fact, I'd go further. There is no point whatsoever in BMW and Merc producing ANY 4x4s or SUVs since JLR now have a full line line up.

Indeed, with Jaguar now producing 3, 5 and 7 series sized saloons, as well as sporty cars like the F-Type, BWM and Merc might as well forget about those sectors too.

So, for the time being BMW and Merc should only be allowed to build the Golf-sized 1-series and the A-class, but only until JLR decide to enter that sector too, after which the two hopeless (in the face of the superior JLR products) German makes should do the honourable thing and just exit car production altogether.

17 February 2015
Saucerer wrote:

Like the Mercedes GL the X7 will be pointless as long as the Range Rover exists. Like the Merc the X7 won't be as capable on and off road, won't be as well built and won't feel as luxurious or have as stunning quality materials as the Range Rover. And then there's the desirability cache and class of the Range Rover, and the Land Rover brand in general, which BMW and Mercedes can only dream of.

Saucerer is back in style. Why does anybody care to build cars if they are not JLR? Their products are so superiour that resistance is futile.

21 March 2016
Saucerer wrote:

Like the Mercedes GL the X7 will be pointless as long as the Range Rover exists. Like the Merc the X7 won't be as capable on and off road, won't be as well built and won't feel as luxurious or have as stunning quality materials as the Range Rover. And then there's the desirability cache and class of the Range Rover, and the Land Rover brand in general, which BMW and Mercedes can only dream of.

You do know that the Range Rover only has 5 seats in such a huge body? A lot of customers, me included, need 7 seats in a similar sized SUV as a Range Rover, with infotainment that is actually up to date. Not many take their new Range Rovers off road to outer Mongolia and the like. Most seem to glide around City Centres. As nice as the Range Rover is, it's not really that practical, not if you have kids.

23 March 2016
Saucerer wrote:

Like the Mercedes GL the X7 will be pointless as long as the Range Rover exists. Like the Merc the X7 won't be as capable on and off road, won't be as well built and won't feel as luxurious or have as stunning quality materials as the Range Rover. And then there's the desirability cache and class of the Range Rover, and the Land Rover brand in general, which BMW and Mercedes can only dream of.

Quality, RR? have you seen the panel alignment/gaps on a RR? f'kin comical.

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