Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | April 26, 2017 10:27
All-new BMW X7 undergoes track testing at The Ring
BMW has been busy of late testing their all-new crossovers around the Nurburgring. One of the hotly-anticipated models from the automaker is the X7 which will serve as their flagship model in their crosssover lineup.
Recently, our spies were able to take photos of the all-new X7 being driven around the Nurburgring. It appears that BMW is adamant in testing the car's agility and power despite its future role as a luxury vehicle that will slot above the X5.
Last spotted back in January 2017, it looks like the X7 prototype still bears the same camouflage wrapping and body panels from before. Up front, it has a large kidney grill and what appear to be large air intakes on the front bumper. The signature headlights are present as well, along with what looks to be a clamshell hood.
Towards the side, it is clear that the X7 will be longer than the X5 thanks to the large rear quarter windows and longer wheelbase. The rear is heavily camouflaged but do we get to see dual exhaust pipes and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.
It is highly likely that the X7 will be underpinned by a modified CLAR platform which is currently in use in the X5. An array of six or eight-cylinder engines are expected to power the upcoming X7 and could come in either gasoline- or diesel-power. A plug-in hybrid could also be in the pipeline.
Production of the all-new X7 could begin sometime in 2018 at the company's Spartanburg plant in the US. This could mean that the three-row X7 could arrive in showrooms by 2019.