When it comes to the possibility of a BMW X7, we’ve heard all kinds of things. First, there were rumors saying it would be produced and then the rumors were pulled back saying that plans for the X7 had been canceled. Now, it has turned into a game of tennis with the plans switching back to the production side yet again. That’s right, the SUV is back on track, but only because the Chinese market is asking for it.
This may seem like it came out of nowhere, and it has. Wall Street Journal recently published an article on the upcoming world’s largest economic summit in Seoul. The main topic of this summit is “global rebalancing,” but amidst all of the mumbo jumbo is a couple of paragraphs that lead us to believe that BMW is rethinking its decision to pull the BMW X7 out.
"So, BMW is downshifting. While it makes one big sedan especially for the Chinese market, it isn’t ramping up production enough to fill all its Chinese orders. It wants to make sure it has sufficient supply for the U.S. and Germany."
"The company is also counting on the U.S. to rebound more quickly than doom-and-gloomers think, making rebalancing less necessary than the leaders gathered in Seoul believe. It is even reconsidering its decision to cancel a new large SUV, which was meant mainly for U.S. buyers."
Is the X7 back on? We think so. All we need to find out now is if BMW will be relying more on the growing Chinese market as stated in the report, or if the plans for the X7 to be sold in America will stand.
UPDATE 05/27/2011: Automobilemag has revealed new details on the upcoming X7. Codenamed F17, the new model will be built on a long-wheelbase platform X6 and will take on the upcoming Audi Q9 and the next generation Mercedes GL. The model will add third row seating in order to offer interior room for seven passengers. It will be offered the China, Russia, and United States markets.
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Back in June we reported that BMW might work on a new super luxury SUV supposed to be called X7. But now it looks like BMW will spend its time on more fuel efficient products. According to BMW CEO, Norbert Reithofer, there will be no big SUV, but instead there will be a hybrid version for both X6 and the new 7-Series. The 7 Hybrid will make its debut in the second half of 2009.
There is also confirmation that a four door GT model will make its way into the market. On the horizon as well there will be a new Mini SUV and a new Rolls-Royce Phantom.
First rumors about the X7 started to surface three years ago. Back then was just a buzz, and that’s it. But now, company insiders revealed that BMW is working on a super luxury SUV. The future X7 will be built as a competitor for the Land Rover Range Rover.
BMW is waiting to see what will happen with the US SUV market and after will decide the faith of the X7. If things won’t get better, probably the X7 may be canceled. Another important thing to know is that the X7 would only work if alternative fuels like hydrogen and hybrid technology become mainstream.
Well, we will need to wait and see!