BMW’s first ever full-size SUV is ready. The car manufacturer will reveal the production model very soon, most likely at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. On the other hand, the North American public will have to wait until the next New York auto show. The top-of-the-line crossover promises to be a very interesting option. Not just because the fact it’s an all-new SUV, but because a lot of other details. For instance, the high-riding rookie will get a plug-in hybrid option right away, which isn’t the case with a majority of today’ full-size models.
The 2018 BMW X7 Plug-In Hybrid will probably use almost the same powertrain as the smaller X5. It’s basically a combination of a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor. The gasoline part of the drivetrain produces 255 horsepower, while the electric motor helps with 111 ponies. The overall output will be around 322 horsepower at 4600 rpm, while maximum torque is 369 lb-ft and should be available from 1250 to 4600 rpm. The system will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. BMW’s full-sizer won’t have some impressive electric-only driving range. Let’s say it will be around 20 miles. However, the fuel economy of the 2018 X7 Hybrid will be notably better from all other engines under the hood of the upcoming X7. We can’t say the exact figures, but the powertrain should easily surpass the MPG numbers of the thirsty twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 or the base 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six.
Styling wise, the 2018 BMW X7 Plug-In Hybrid won’t differ too much from non-hybrid models. Basically, the SUV will add just a socket for plugging and nothing more. Of course, the car manufacturer may choose some specific color options for the hybrid SUV, but more or less, it will be exactly the same as the rest of the trims.
Judging by the information we have, the base model should cost around $70,000, but in case you want the 2018 BMW X7 Plug-In Hybrid you need to be ready to give at least $90,000.