BMW has been pretty busy lately with the launch of several models including the M5, i8 Roadster and X2 as well as the facelifted 2 Series Active Tourer. Aside from those, they will also be joined by other models later this year such as the 8 Series, Z4, X4, and the X7 flagship, which is scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.
The surprising thing is that we initially thought that the Bavarian automaker would unveil the CLAR-based SUV a little earlier at the Paris Auto Show. Though nothing has been confirmed yet, several reports indicate that the automaker has decided to bring it to the City of Angels instead.
Just so you know, the automaker is actually planning to sell the first-ever X7 to the U.S. and Chinese markets, although they also plan to offer this model in some parts of Europe as well.
Right now, BMW is going through pre-production testing with their prototypes. Production of the prototypes continues at the brand’s South Carolina plant in the United States. Take note that this is the same facility that will build the final production version as well.
According to Autocar, the automaker’s initial plan is to offer the new SUV in only traditional internal combustion engines. That includes a 4.4 liter biturbo V8, a 3.0 liter diesel, and last would be a range topping V12 equipped X7 xDrive M60i.
Later on, the SUV will likely be offered with a hybrid powertrain as well, combining a 2.0 liter turbo gas motor that works with an electric motor. This is estimated to provide a zero-emission range of about 60 miles (96 kilometers).
The X7, in terms of size, is very similar to the Mercedes Benz GLS, and the Land Rover Range Rover. This model was also made to compete against models like the Cadillac Escalade as well as the Lincoln Navigator, and other similar models in the United States market. As for the European market, its main competitor will be the GLS.
Since the X7 will make its public appearance in November, we are assuming that this model will be out in the market by the end of the year or sometime during the first quarter of 2019. If the automaker decides to debut their newest X7 in in the City of Angels, then that is probably because they are focusing on the American and the Chinese market. But then, it’s also possible that BMW is planning a grand event somewhere in Europe, just to be closer to their roots.