A prototype of what appears to be the BMW X7 has been spied for the first time. Will be out in 2017 or 2018

A prototype of what appears to be the BMW X7 has been spied for the first time.

The full-size SUV was spotted parked on a street somewhere in Bavaria, Germany hiding its identity with a camouflage pattern that we have seen on previous BMW prototypes. Most likely this is the already confirmed X7 set to come out in 2017 or 2018 as a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and will ride on the same platform as the next generation 5- and 7-Series.

It will be manufactured at BMW's factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina where the automaker plans on investing 1 billion USD. The X7 is expected to adopt a seven-seat layout and judging by these spy shots it will have a longer hood, an elongated rear overhang and a bigger rear quarter window. The roofline is almost flat so there should be plenty of headroom for those sitting in the back.

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