For BMW, the X7 makes sense. It is the large-and-in-charge family transport vehicle for all your upscale soccer mom needs. There have been plenty of spy shots for the sport utility vehicle in the recent press, and this is good news. The smaller BMW X5 does have an available 3rd row seat as an option, but the car was not designed to really accommodate the 3rd row. Hence why it’s an option.
The X7 is coming, and it will fix that practicality problem with a larger wheelbase and comfy third row for all your child’s teammates. BMW has lagged behind much of its competition in this large SUV segment with the likes of the Mercedes GLS, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and Lexus LX570. But that problem will be no more. Production of the big BMW will take place in Spartanburg, California (fitting) along with its brothers and sisters like the X5, X6, X5 M and X6 M. The X7 is expected to be offered base as the X7 40i, following the others in BMW’s SUV lineup; no 28i here. BMW’s xDrive will most likely come standard as well, and the SUV is expected to share its underpinnings with the 7-Series so you can start guessing what the base price might look like.
As of right now, only spy shots exist of the actual 2017 BMW X7. This is unfortunate, but there are definitely some points we can draw from this test mule. You can tell the apparent large kidney style grille in the front, much bigger than any current model.
As you can see from the side view, the X7 is much larger than the X5. You’ll see that “larger” is a common theme with this vehicle. The stretched wheelbase as well is apparent in this side view.
Now we have a beautiful thing called CGI, where we can use computers to generate images that create things that aren’t quite real. Some of you creative people on the internet took the liberty to create what can be called artist renderings of the new BMW X7.
There are a number of renderings that are a lot more believable than others. For example, the rendering above has the large kidneys, headlights that seem to be derived from the 7-series and a body that looks like a stretched X5. Accurate, then. Whatever the case may be for the X7 when it comes out, you can expect some in-your-face bold stated luxury in a very BMW way. Styling will have that slight anger and the lines remain muscular to assert the X7’s stance and poise in the streets of Beverly Hills.
The interior of the 2017 BMW X7 is another place where we need to turn to our internet artist rendering friends. If you know BMW, you’ll know that the recently redesigned interiors of the 7-series and 5-series will be accurate places to help predict what we will see in the X7. BMW is more on the conservative end of things as far as luxury is concerned, and they do like to keep things traditional. Don’t believe me? Here is a 2000 BMW 5-Series interior:
And here is a BMW X7 interior rendering, based off the new 5-Series interior:
With that said I am all for the whole “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” mentality. While the interior is quite sharp and looks great, I do think the center stack is a bit dated. The new BMW interiors are exactly what you’d think of if someone gave you the old interior and said, “Make this look super modern”.
I think we can set our aims high for the upcoming X7’s interior and I’m sure reviews will praise the amount of space and use of carefully accented wood on the inside. You can bet that features inside the 7-series will be shared with the X7 to create an Uber-luxury experience for all 7 passengers including the latest iDrive 5.0 touch and gesture control. There are rumors a few variants for the rear seat occupants. These include an optional fire-passenger setup to extend rear seat leg room and trunk space, a four seat option for people who just love to ride in the back seat in complete luxury and of course the seven seat option for the whole family.
Looking forward to how the new 2017 BMW X7 will be as a performer takes some good old digging. One will find that a 3.0L inline-six is most likely to be the base powerplant. The 2.0L is a very popular option for a base engine, but the X7 will just be too heavy to accommodate a small engine like that and retain some sort of passing power on the highway.
The 3.0L I-six will most likely produce 320 HP and 330 Lb-ft of torque with the aid of a turbocharger, and models higher up the range (for example an X7 50i) will most likely utilize the 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 that BMW offers which produces 445 HP and 480 healthy Lb-Ft of torque. With the V8 option, the X7 should be able to reach a 0-60 time in under five seconds. If you’re late to your sons football game, the X7 50i will be able to get you there in quite a hurry.
BMW has been working on hybrid powertrains with Toyota (BMW Z5 and Toyota Supra collaboration) so we may even see a hybrid drivetrain to help the massive beamer move.
|Vehicle Type:||Luxury SUV|
|Powertrain:||3.0L I-6 , 4.4L V8 TT|
|Gearbox:||7-speed automatic (est.)|
|Power:||320 HP (I6), 450 HP (V8TT)|
|Torque:||330 Lb-Ft. (I6) , 480 Lb-Ft. (V8 TT)|
|Length:||200 Inches (5 Meters) EST.|
|Width:||76 Inches (1.93 Meters) EST.|
|Height:||70 Inches (1.7 Meters) EST.|
|Top Speed:||150 MPH (241.4 KPH) EST.|
|Wheelbase:||126.4 Inches (3.21 Meters)|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||Under 6 Sec. (I6) , Under 5 Sec. (V8)|
|Base Price:||$70,000 – $85,000 EST.|
Expected Release Date:
News has it that the sales and production of the 2017 BMW X7 will begin in early 2017.