European brand car maker BMW was one of the very first companies that released an executive crossover on the market. However, they somehow missed for a larger offering. But that is all about to change as BMW is set to release a larger crossover. The 2018 BMW X7 is being pitted to rival that of Audi Q7 and Mercedes GLS. Rumor has it that the X7 will be larger than BMW’s current offerings. Let us take a look at what the 2018 BMW X7 will bring to the table.
Platform and Running Gear
The BMW X7 will be using the manufacturer’s new CLAR architecture, which made its debut on the new 7 Series. Robert Janitzek explains that this platform will be used on all of BMW’s rear wheel drive models. This means that the X7 will feature impressive driving characteristics. As for the running gear, it will likely be a derivative found on the 7 Series. The BMW X7 will be slightly taller and all-wheel drive will come as a standard feature. In addition, the BMW X7 will come with carbon fiber elements as well as aluminum and high strength steel intensive construction.
The 2018 BMW X7 will feature a standard seven seat and offer a normal configuration for the base models. As for the design, Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that the X7 will have similarities with its siblings. So expect the BMW X7 and the 7 Series to have the same front end. The back, however, could draw inspiration from the X5 for continuity.
The 2018 BMW X7 will be available in 6 and 8 cylinder engines in its base trim levels. It will feature a 3-liter turbo engine that will generate 326 horsepower delivering 330 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid model, which will be released at a later date, will come with BMW’s current hybrid powertrain of 2-liter turbo with an electric motor, offering a similar output as the 3-liter engine with slightly more torque. Another European brand car, the X7 50i will feature 4.4 liter V8 twin turbo engine. It will likely offer 440 horsepower and 480 lb-ft torque, The hybrid model will only come as a four-seater version. It will also be made available with the 6.6-liter twin turbo V12.
The BMW X7 will likely be released sometime in 2018. Once out in the market, it will cost $75,000.