The biggest ever model from Bavaria is taking shape.

BMW wants to rival the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Land Rover Range Rover, and the likes with a brand new X7 SUV, previewed unofficially by our colleagues at OmniAuto.

Recently it was revealed the Bavarian brand is already working on the next generation X5, set to be based on the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) that also underpins the current 7 Series. The X5 (F15) is only three years old now and we are tempted to believe BMW is rushing with the development of the new X5 only to get ready for the flagship X7 as soon as possible.

Yes, the two vehicles will share many of its components and will sit at the top of the X range of the brand with the X7 taking the top spot. It will be the true pinnacle of the brand, as it is believed to be even more luxurious than the latest 7 Series.

At first, the X7 will be offered as a seven-seat SUV, but later during the model’s life cycle it will be joined by an ultra-luxurious variant that will feature four individual seats. Rear passengers will enjoy ventilation, heating, and massaging functions, while an advanced entertainment system will provide audio, navigation, and entertainment features.

As far as the engines are concerned, the X7 is expected to become the first X model to be offered with BMW’s biggest engine in the portfolio – the 6.6-liter V12 unit that is also available for the 7 Series. V8 and straight-six petrol and diesel engines sourced from the X5 are also planned.

The X7 was already confirmed for a market launch in 2019, when production will begin at BMW’s Spartanburg factory in South Carolina, the U.S. Customers will have to pay at least $145,000 for the entry-level version, which makes it significantly more expensive than the 7 Series which starts at $81,300.

Source: OmniAuto

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