BMW’s first ever full-size SUV isn’t introduced yet, but it will be in the coming months without any doubt because the latest prototype shows a pre-production design. Still, don’t expect the 2019 BMW X7 before the 2018 New York Auto Show, which means that the crossover should hit the U.S. dealerships this summer.
The all-new X7 will have a really difficult task thanks to the worthy rivals. The names such as Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase, and Lincoln Navigator currently rule with the segment, but we think that the 2019 X7 is going to be able to take a slice of the cake for itself and here is why:
The 2019 BMW X7 will ride on the flexible CLAR platform, which will underpin a number of models starting from the 3-Series. The architecture is using some carbon fiber and plenty of aluminum, so the full-size BMW SUV should be very light and fuel efficient. Well, at least some of the engine will feature pretty high MPG numbers.
The potential buyers will be able to choose between at least four powertrains. The base X7 will rely on a V6 unit, though the most efficient model will definitely be the plug-in hybrid. The drivetrain will combine a 2.0-liter turbo with an electric motor for a total output of 320 horsepower. The 2019 BMW X7 Plug-In Hybrid will be able to cross at least 30 miles without any help of the gasoline engine.
Even though it’s highly possible that the topper is going to use a V12 engine, the most interesting (and likely the most popular) unit will be a 4.4-liter biturbo V8. The engine will reportedly deliver 456 horsepower, which is just as much as the full-size SUV needs.
The latest prototype is basically camouflaged, but the camo doesn’t really hide anything. Instead, it’s quite clear what BMW plans to do. Judging by the spy shots, the 2019 BMW X7 will share most of the styling cues with the popular X5. It hosts pretty much the same front end with a dominant grille and a pair of really attractive LED headlights. Below, the prototype hides some large air intakes which are here to cool off the engine and to make the SUV more impressive. Around back, the vehicle sports pretty simple, yet nice design with concepts taillights and a pair of trapezoidal exhaust tips.
With its 197.7 inches in length and 118.5 inches between the wheels, the 2019 BMW X7 should be pretty cozy inside. Moreover, we expect plenty of space even for the third row of seating. As for the cockpit, well, it should be pretty much the same as it currently offers the 7-Series. Though, the large SUV might get an updated version of the infotainment and the latest driving aids.
The full-size X7 will be built at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.