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.
Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW X7.
Exterior and Interior
Being an X model, we expect to see the usual BMW SUV design language. However, since the X7 is a large luxury SUV, expect an exterior inspired mostly by the X6. The SUV’s front will be defined by the company’s usual kidney grille, a front bumper with large air intake, and integrated front bumpers.
The X7 will offer one of the most luxury interiors for a BMW SUV, same as the 7-Series limousine: high quality leather, wood insertions, and lots of new technologies.
For the engine line-up, BMW will borrow the engine used in the X6: a 4.4 V8 engine with 400 hp and 450lb.-ft torque and a 3.0 inline six-cylinder engine that delivers 300 hp and 300 lb.-ft torque. An M version will use the company’s latest 4.4-liter V8 engine that delivers 555 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 5,650 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in around 5 seconds, while top speed will remain electronically limited to 155 mph.
When the BMW X7 enters the large luxury SUV market, it will have to take on models like the Cadillac Escalade and Lexus LX570.
When Can I Get One?
The BMW X7 will appear on the market sometime in 2013, with sales to begin in 2014.