We've known for quite some time that BMW is working on a new flagship SUV called the X7. The Bavarian automaker previously revealed the big SUV in concept form. Meanwhile, our eagle-eyed spies combined with official teaser photos have given us an idea as to what the X7 will look like. Now we get to see the X7 in full production glory albeit in patent image form.
Patent drawings of the production model X7 appears to have leaked on to the net. Discovered by Motor1, the patents were submitted by BMW to a patent office in Brazil. That said, the design of the X7 stays faithful to the Concept X7 iPerformance which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, and is identical to the pre-production models we've seen so far.
Up front, the large kidney grill which is flanked by a pair of slim headlights. The lower air intake on the bumper is a one-piece unit which connects both side intakes. At the rear, there are slim taillights which are connected by a strip that runs the length of the tailgate. In fact, one could even say that the rear looks similar to the 7-Series sedan.
While it isn't seen in the patent, BMW has already announced that the X7 will be a three-row SUV. Underneath, it will use the brand's flexible CLAR design modular platform which will eventually underpin most of the automaker's model from the 3 Series up. Expect the X7 to be available with a host of engine options be it a V6, V8 or a plug-in hybrid.
Pre-production models are already in development as seen in an earlier teaser photo. The X7 will be built in Spartanburg, USA and joins the X3, X4, X5, and X6. Expect BMW's new flagship SUV to debut sometime later this year.