BMW is ready to have an option for customers for whom the X5 just isn't big enough.

BMW is edging closer to the X7’s debut in 2018, and the company’s flagship SUV price is gunning directly for the seven-passenger premium competitors. According to Auto Express, the big vehicle should start at less than 70,000 pounds ($88,500 at current exchange rates) when it goes on sale.

Keep in mind, prices in the United States are often similar to the figure in the United Kingdom, and BMW is building the X7 at its Spartanburg, South Carolina, factory, which should also keep costs down in America. If the brand can get the seven-passenger SUV on the market for around $70,000, it would be align with other segment members. For example, the Cadillac Escalade currently starts at $73,965 after destination; the Mercedes-Benz GLS450 goes for $69,625; the Infiniti QX80 is $64,845; and the Lincoln Navigator sells for $64,710. The current X5 begins at $56,495, so the X7’s extra room would cost customers around $15,000.

 

2019 BMW X7 rendering

 

BMW is looking to take the X7 even further upmarket eventually. "We will make a higher luxury version of it as well. So in the same way as you take a 7 Series and you bring in the Individual bespoke service as with Rolls Royce.” BMW sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson, told Auto Express.

The X7 rides a version of BMW’s CLAR platform like the latest 5 and 7 Series. The engine range reportedly includes a selection of six- and eight-cylinder powerplants, including diesel-fueled mills for Europe and a plug-in hybrid. Rumors even suggest the company’s 6.6-liter V12 might be available.

Recent spy shots revealed BMW testing the X7 in its production body for the first time after originally evaluating the platform under a highly modified 7 Series. The large, boxy shape is quite close to the speculation in earlier renderings (above). The design appears to take cues from the X5, but the overall proportions are much bigger.

Source: Auto Express

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