Many are already expecting BMW to launch an ultra luxurious SUV that will serve at its new flagship by late 2018. Larger than the X5 and X6, the new X7 is targeted against the Mercedes-Benz GLS Class and Range Rover – both competing in the full-sized luxury SUV segment. Codenamed G07 by BMW, the new X7 will be built at the premium carmaker’s Spartanburg facility in South Carolina, with an average annual production of 45,000 units.
But even before BMW starts assembling the new X7 in Spartanburg, it is already thinking about building a super sporty version, which may mean a possible BMW X7 M in the near future. However, BMW has yet to come up with a final decision on that matter. After all, if the X7 isn’t received well, any plans for a sportier version may go down the drain.
Before we could speculate on what an X7 M could offer, a closer peek at the X7 itself would be a good idea.
Compared to the X5 and X6, large, luxurious SUV will be larger and longer, having a length of around 5.25 meters. It is more than large enough to comfortably and luxuriously accommodate seven passengers while still offering ample cargo space. An ultra-luxurious four-seat variant of the X7 will, reportedly, be also offered. These two variants will be differentiated by their exterior styling.
The new BMW X7 is underpinned by the carmaker’s rear-wheel-drive platform, although a four-wheel drive version is available. In addition, the BMW G07 X7 will share the suspension as well as the running gear of the new X5 and X6.
Rear-wheel drive and intelligent xDrive versions could be offered as well. Of course, the new X7 will feature state-of-the-art connectivity, infotainment and driver-assistance systems. It would be powered by a range of available powerplants like TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engines, as well as V8 gasoline and diesel units.
As for the potential X7 M, it could boast of a complete M treatment from BMW. That means that it would sport a sportier exterior as well as interior. Of course, the core lying beneath its bonnet would be sportily more dynamic too.
There have been speculations that the BMW X7 M would be powered by the same engine that is used on the upcoming BMW M5 (F90), which is an updated 4.4 liter TwinTurbo V8 powerplant optimized to deliver around 600 hp at wider rpm range.
This means the X7 M could be powered by an M-tuned version that delivers around 620 hp. Nothing has been final yet for the X7 M, but given the fact that there are clients who are both luxurious and sporty, such SUV would be a good proposition for BMW.