The patent images of the upcoming BMW X7 have been revealed by a Brazilian car portal. The revealed images are quite near match to the controversial Concept X7 iPerformance by the German automaker with relatively toned-down features. The upcoming BMW X7 is scheduled to make its world debut at the Los Angeles motor show in November later this year.
According to the leaked images, the new BMW X7 will come sporting oversized kidney grilles and distinctive tail-light treatment along with wheels offered in a wide range of sizes, from 19-22 inches. However, the patent images do not showcase the wheel sizes. Earlier, the X7 development car was also spotted testing with M package trim, showing the sportier versions of the upcoming premium SUV. According to Ian Robertson, BMW head of sales and marketing- many of its parts are actually bespoke, hence there are no chances that the X7 will come underpinned by an extended version of the X5’s underpinnings.
The earlier spied images also show that the X7 will be BMW's largest SUV to date and sporting a typical SUV body shape with a boxy passenger area and a flat-faced front end that has been toned down from the controversial styling of the X7 iPerformance. The spotted car measures a length of 5,020mm, 2,020mm width and 1,800mm in height, as well as a 3010mm wheelbase will all remain largely the same, while the car will be roughly 113mm longer, 82mm wider and 37mm taller than the existing third-generation X5, with a 76mm longer wheelbase. The signature BMW features such as the halo daytime running lights and kidney grille will remain the same as other BMW cars.
In terms of powertrain, initially the X7 is expected to offer a naturally aspirated engine, rather than the hybrid powertrain of the X7 iPerformance. However, the manufacturer will introduce the hybrid engine at a later stage. Though, the engine details are not known yet and it will be too soon to talk about that, what is known is that the new BMW X7 will be offered in an X7 M50d M Performance, as well as xDrive40i, xDrive50i and xDrive30d variants will be available since its launch. Currently, the engine in question is the 3.0-litre diesel in 30d, 40d and 50d guises and the twin-turbo 4.4-litre petrol V8 from the X6 xDrive50i in order to empower the entire range, but BMW is yet to confirm things officially.
However, according to the higher officials from BMW, the X7 would use engines from a wide range of BMW models, rather than just the X5 and X6. It will offer the choice of traditional petrol and diesel, along with, as showcased by the X7 iPerformance, a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid driveline with an all-electric range of up to 100km.
BMW has been developing the X7 since 2015 and when launched it will take against the likes of the Range Rover and the Mercedes-Benz GLS. Earlier this year, the first pre-production models of the German automaker's range-topper rolled off the production line in Spartanburg in the US state of South Carolina. However, the BMW X7 is around 110 mm shorter and a little wider than the Mercedes-Benz GLS and around 30 mm longer than the Range Rover.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming BMW X7.