First reported three years ago, we are now seeing more of BMW's new crossover that will slot above the X5. Dubbed the X7, it will be a bigger version of the 5 Series-based crossover and is slated for a 2018 release. Like most BMW 'X models', the X7 will be built in Spartanburg, North Carolina.
With BMW adapting modular platforms, the X7 will be riding on the OKL architecture which was first used by the 7 Series, followed by the 5 Series. The OKL chassis utilizes carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), magnesium, aluminum and high strength steel. Once it hits production, the X7 will go head to head with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Land Rover Range Rover and the upcoming Audi Q8. The X7 will also share its chassis with the upcoming Rolls-Royce ultra-luxury SUV which is set to go against the Bentley Bentayga.
For now, the exterior is heavily camouflage but do expect the current styling cues to be applied to the full-size crossover. Looking through the cover however and we see a bigger and wider kidney grill. On to its side, it gets large windows with longer rear doors, suggesting that it will be based on the long-wheelbase 7 Series instead of the regular length version. The rear section meanwhile is still covered by false panels but it is likely that the X7 will get the BMW signature 'reverse L' tail lights like the ones found in the 7 Series and 5 Series.
There are no interior photos at the moment but expect a variation of the 7 Series interior. The size of the X7 also hints at 7 passenger capability. It has also been reported that an 'ultra-luxury' version may join the lineup, perhaps under the Individual line. With the Mercedes-Benz GLS packing 7 seats, it is possible the flagship SUV will follow suit. Technologies found in the 7 Series, such as Gesture Control and Remote Parking Control can potentially make it to the X7.
At the moment, BMW has yet to announce the engine lineup for the X7. Based on the current powertrain options of the 7 Series, the X7 may be powered by a range of turbocharged gas and diesel inline-six or V8 engines. Our spies have also mentioned that a plug-in hybrid version will be part of the X7 range. With its size, the X7 can accommodate a V12 engine, just like in the 7 Series, but it may be reserved for the yet to be named Rolls-Royce SUV.