2019 BMW X7

2019 BMW X7
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The company’s largest SUV yet is just around the corner

When BMW joined the SUV market with the X5 back in 1999, little did we know that the German manufacturer will become such an important player in this segment. But in a little more than a decade, the Bavarian brand has launched no fewer than four different crossovers. Come 2018 and a flagship X7 is ready to join the lineup.

The Bavarian brand made an announcement about the X7 in 2014, when it revealed that it will be built at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which also produces the X3, X5, X5 M, X6, and X6 M models. There’s no word as to when the X7 will make its public debut, but it should break cover in the second half of 2018, most likely at the Paris or Los Angeles Auto Show. When it arrives in showrooms, it will become BMW’s largest offering yet and will enable the German manufacturer to compete against SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and even the Cadillac Escalade.

Meanwhile, we have the X7 Concept, the brand-new X5, and a few X7 prototypes to give us some info on the upcoming SUV.

Updated 07/16/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X7 out in the wild again, and this time they were also able to snap some pictures of the interior too.

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BMW Confirms an October Debut for the Fullsize, 2020 BMW X7 SUV

BMW Confirms an October Debut for the Fullsize, 2020 BMW X7 SUV

We’re a month away from seeing Bimmer’s flagship SUV

The BMW X7 is reportedly scheduled to debut in the middle of October, putting to bed all the speculation surrounding the model’s highly anticipated arrival. Without giving the exact date, a BMW spokesperson confirmed to The Drive that the X7 is, indeed, penciled for an October launch, ruling out an earlier report that said that the German automaker had chosen the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in November as the site of the X7’s big reveal. It’s not for nothing, though, because the 2018 Paris Motor Show happens in October. The event’s media-only days take place on October 2 and 3, and while the dates aren’t exactly in “the middle of October,” it’s as good a time and a place as any for the X7 to finally arrive.

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The BMW X7 Could Be Offered With an M Badge

The BMW X7 Could Be Offered With an M Badge

No final decision yet, but it is expected to happen sooner than later

BMW’s range-topping SUV, the X7, could be offered in X7 M form in the future. There have been no decisions made on that front by BMW, but a report from BMW Blog claims that Bimmer execs are considering such a model. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks, which would essentially put a rumor that’s been circling the waters since 2016 to bed.

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The BMW X7 Got Caught Playing on The Nurburgring

The BMW X7 Got Caught Playing on The Nurburgring

Is it an M version?

We’ve recently discussed about the possibility of BMW making an M version of the X7 in a speculative review. While such a model has yet to be confirmed officially, BMW is testing its full-size SUV on the Nurburgring, a sign that a performance version is indeed underway.

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2020 BMW X7 M

2020 BMW X7 M

Rumors about an SUV larger than the X7 have been flying around for several years now. In 2014, BMW confirmed the X7 and the big hauler is set to break cover by the end of 2018. Naturally, we can’t help but wonder whether an M version is underway. Does it makes it sense, should BMW build one?

The large SUV market is pretty big in the U.S., where BMW is building the X7, but neither the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator are powerful enough to create demand for an M version. However, Mercedes-Benz is making an AMG version of the GLS, which is taking all market share in the performance department. The AMG-prepped GLS alone is a reason good enough for BMW to roll out an X7 M, but it should also be part of the company’s plans to expand the nameplate now that all crossovers are set to gain M versions. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

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2019 BMW X7

2019 BMW X7

The company’s largest SUV yet is just around the corner

When BMW joined the SUV market with the X5 back in 1999, little did we know that the German manufacturer will become such an important player in this segment. But in a little more than a decade, the Bavarian brand has launched no fewer than four different crossovers. Come 2018 and a flagship X7 is ready to join the lineup.

The Bavarian brand made an announcement about the X7 in 2014, when it revealed that it will be built at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which also produces the X3, X5, X5 M, X6, and X6 M models. There’s no word as to when the X7 will make its public debut, but it should break cover in the second half of 2018, most likely at the Paris or Los Angeles Auto Show. When it arrives in showrooms, it will become BMW’s largest offering yet and will enable the German manufacturer to compete against SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, and even the Cadillac Escalade.

Meanwhile, we have the X7 Concept, the brand-new X5, and a few X7 prototypes to give us some info on the upcoming SUV.

Updated 07/16/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW X7 out in the wild again, and this time they were also able to snap some pictures of the interior too.

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BMW Still Hasn't Released the X7 and Here we Are Getting Word About a Potentially Larger X8

BMW Still Hasn’t Released the X7 and Here we Are Getting Word About a Potentially Larger X8

Could the German automaker be biting more than it could chew?

Away from the looming emissions cheating scandal that could drop on BMW, the German automaker is pushing ahead with the possibility of adding another SUV to add to its portfolio. The latest buzz now involves a potential X8, which could end up being greenlit for production once BMW executives make a decision on the matter this year. The prospect of seeing a range-topping X8 is intriguing, but it also puts into question BMW’s plans are considering that the X7 seven-seater is expected to arrive this year. Is BMW developing an X8 to sit above the X7? More importantly, does that even make sense given what we know about the X7?

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BMW X7 Goes into Production, First Teasers Released

BMW X7 Goes into Production, First Teasers Released

Official launch planned for late 2018

If you were hoping to see the upcoming BMW X7 in the metal at the Detroit Auto Show in January or the Geneva Motor Show in March, it’s time you change your plans because the large SUV won’t be unveiled until late 2018. The news comes from BMW, which just announced that the first pre-production models have entered the production phase at the Spartanburg plant in the U.S. with twelve months of testing to follow.

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BMW Confirms M8 And X7 Coming In 2018

BMW Confirms M8 And X7 Coming In 2018

Looking for two-door grand touring speed and seven-seater luxury? Check and check from BMW

Lovers of high-end German luxury, fear not – the new M8 and X7 are on their way. That much was confirmed by Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, Harald Kruger, who just released a statement on Bimmer’s upcoming product plans for the 2019 model year.

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2017 BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

2017 BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

A glimpse at BMW’s upcoming three-row luxury crossover

No one can claim BMW’s lineup lacks enough models. The German automaker has split more hairs when it comes to niche segments than any other brand. But one thing BMW lacks is a three-row SUV. That will change when the X7 Sport Activity Vehicle begins production for the 2019 model year. In the mean time, BMW has teased the X7 with this concept version. It’s (hopefully) a heavily stylized and futuristic interpretation of what the X7 will be, and comes packed with high-tech features and overstated design elements.

The X7 will ride on BMW’s CLAR platform, which is currently used in the 7 Series sedan. Powertrain specifications haven’t been detailed, but BMW says the X7 will offer electric propulsion, which BMW calls eDrive, paired with a TwinPower Turbo engine. Obviously, this is where the iPerformance designation comes in. The gasoline-electric hybrid system will be of the plug-in variety and can run in full EV mode with zero local emissions. We expect BMW’s inline-six and V-8 engines will be available, too, with rear-wheel driving coming as standard and all-wheel drive being optional, perhaps depending on the powertrain. So, until BMW debuts the production version of the X7, this concept remains the best guess at what we can expect. Let’s just hope the overstyled exterior gets heavily toned down before the X7 hits showrooms in late 2018.

Updated 09/19/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the concept’s presentation at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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BMW's New Black and White Badge Is A Sign Of Things To Come

BMW’s New Black and White Badge Is A Sign Of Things To Come

Premium models will be getting new-look badges soon

BMW showed up to IAA 2017, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, ready to make waves, and make waves it did. There was no shortage of new models to look at, and a few others that we’ve already seen. Highlights included cars like the BMW I Vision Dynamics Concept, the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance, BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, BMW X3, BMW i3 and i3S, the new BMW M5, and the BMW M8 GTE – the car that previews the future M8. It also brought a couple of special editions in tow along with concepts we’ve already seen like the 8 Series and the Concept Z4. All of this is great, but at the same time, the German marque also announced something much smaller and maybe even a little controversial. See, the brand has decided to separate its “premium” models (is there such a thing as a non-premium BMW?) from the rest of the lineup with a special badge. That’s right; your next BMW might not wear the traditional black, white, and blue badge. Oh, how time changes things, huh?

The logo isn’t a departure from the iconic BMW badge that we all recognize. It’s still the same, except that it’ll be featured entirely in black and white, with no trace of blue. It’ll also feature the words “Bayerische Motoren Werke,” the automaker’s spelled-out name from which the “BMW” acronym comes from. Granted, Bimmer hasn’t specified which of its models will be given the simplified black and white badge, but a quick look at the company’s revamped lineup provides the likelihood that models like the 7 Series and the upcoming 8 Series and X7 SUVs all have the inside track at wearing the new badge. An announcement is expected to happen sooner than later, but in any case, start getting used to this new logo from BMW. It may be more of the same from a design point of view, but for as long as we’ve known and appreciated the black, white, and blue badge, it’s going to take as much time to get used to this new version.

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BMW Lives Up To Its Word, Brings Aggressive X7 Concept To Frankfurt

BMW Lives Up To Its Word, Brings Aggressive X7 Concept To Frankfurt

It’s not what we expected, but it sure will get a lot of reactions, for better or worse

BMW told us that it’s planning for a “big” surprise at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and just days ahead of the show’s opening, that “big” surprise has finally come to light – it’s the long-awaited X7 Concept. And in true Bimmer fashion, the concept isn’t lacking in style, flair, and all-around brashness.

For the record, these photos didn’t come from BMW; they came from Bimmerpost. The BMW-focused site describes them as leaked photos and when you compare them to teasers released by BMW, they do appear to be the same car. There’s plenty to discuss regarding the X7 Concept, not the least of which is an eye-catching design that’s straddling the thin line between love and hate. More details should be expected as soon as the SUV concept breaks cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show. For now, though, take these leaked photos for what they are – a preemptive look at a concept that’s looking more and more divisive the more I look at it. I suppose it’s probably for the best that the X7 Concept is only a concept at this point; if it were a production model, I don’t think BMW would like most folks’ reaction.

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BMW's Frankfurt "Surprise" Could Be Any One Of These Models

BMW’s Frankfurt "Surprise" Could Be Any One Of These Models

My money’s on the X7 Concept, though I’m not betting on it

BMW’s positioning itself to have a busy few months ahead with so many debuts on the table. Not that I’m wishing for lighter loads because the cars we’re expecting to see from Bavaria will likely be staples in the brand’s future lineup. Bimmer already confirmed plans to unveil the BMW Roadster Concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in two weeks. Now, the German automaker’s hinting at more “exciting surprises” to come, this time at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Obviously, BMW didn’t say what the surprise is going to be because that’ll defeat the whole purpose of the whole thing be a surprise. But company chairman Harald Krueger did drop this bombshell following statements he made about the company’s plan for a greener future in a recent conference call. So it is possible that this surprise has something to do with a model that will be a big part of that “greener future.” If it is, it narrows down the list of potential models that could star in this surprise, and since we’re always suckers for a little sleuthing work, we’ve pinpointed three models that could be Bimmer’s Frankfurt surprise.

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BMW Cooking Up A Business Case For The X7 M

BMW Cooking Up A Business Case For The X7 M

Expectations will be high should BMW go this route

In case you didn’t notice, BMW has a healthy amount of models sporting its high performance M badges. By my count, there are a total of 10 M models being offered in the market today, and that doesn’t include models that are on the pipeline. It’s a robust roster to say the least, but apparently, the German automaker isn’t content with just 10 models because there’s already talk of adding another one to the fold. The new model, according to BMW Blog is the X7 M, the performance alter-ego of the upcoming X7.

No decision has been made on whether the X7 M gets the green light or not, but past history suggests that BMW will gauge the temperature of the X7 before ultimately making a final decision on the X7 M. Should the high-performance SUV and possible rival to the Range Rover does arrive, the expectation is that it will be the most luxurious model out of all of BMW’s models, including the 7 Series. It’s also been tipped to be completely full-sized with enough room for seven passengers on top of having enough cargo space in the back.

Of course, being badged the X7 M also comes with some power and performance expectations. While there has been no information on this front, it’s plausible that the X7 M will use the same 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V-8 engine as the next-generation X5 M, albeit tuned to produce more power to accommodate the sheer size of the SUV. The updated engine could make it possible since Bimmer’s M Division has already put in the work to expand its rpm range, thus opening itself up to higher output levels. There is also the possibility, small as it may be, that BMW looks in the direction of a 6.0-liter V-12. It’s unlikely to take this route though given its inclination in downsizing its engine lineup to adhere to stricter emissions regulations.

BMW’s current timetable for the X7 calls for a launch sometime in 2018 or 2019. That would mean that any talk of a possible X7 M won’t be confirmed or denied until after the X7’s arrival.

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BMW Confirms New Luxury Model, Says X7 Will Arrive in 2018

BMW Confirms New Luxury Model, Says X7 Will Arrive in 2018

The Germans also promised to develop new M and i products

On March 7th, 2016, BMW halted production at nearly all factories, which joined the company’s live official 100th anniversary celebration in the Olympiahalle in Munich. Now, the German brand returned to Olympiahalle for the 96th Annual General Meeting of BMW AG, where chairman Harald Kruger made several announcement about the automaker’s future plans. As is the case with such important events, BMW unveiled plans to further expand its vehicle lineup and confirmed that brand-new vehicles will be launched in the future.

Arguably the most important news is that BMW will introduce a new luxury model. Kruger had no actual details to share, but the most likely candidate is the highly anticipated 9 Series. Essentially a longer 7 Series with a slightly revised exterior design, the 9 Series will be aimed at long-wheelbase versions of the S-Class and slot right below the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Rumored since 2013, the limousine will most likely arrive in late 2018 or early 2019.

Another model confirmed by Kruger is the X7. Also rumored for quite some time, the X7 will become BMW’s largest SUV and will offer seating for up to seven people. Key competitors for the big hauler will include the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. According to BMW, the X7 will become available in 2018, which means we could see it in concept form sometime in 2017. The vehicle will likely share underpinnings with the upcoming Rolls-Royce SUV, known as project Cullinan.

Kruger also said that BMW aims to expand its M and i programs. Although details are slim, we expect to see a full-fledged M7, as well as high-performance versions of the X1, X3, and X7. As far as the electric/hybrid i family goes, BMW will probably launch a larger version of the i3, dubbed i5.

Alongside the new nameplates, Munich will also debut new technology. Confirmed developments include an enhanced connectivity system, use of artificial intelligence, and autonomous cars.

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BMW Touts New X7 And M Performance Models

BMW Touts New X7 And M Performance Models

Curiously, no mention was made of the flagship 8 Series

BMW is in the process of shifting its entire brand strategy towards bringing in a new era for the German automaker. In one of the most comprehensive press releases you’ll ever see, BMW CEO Harald Kruger laid out the company’s plans in setting new profit goals and strengthening its position as a market leader in the premium segment, among other things.

The latter of those two strategies will include a extensive product expansion, which will include the introduction of the BMW X7, which could serve as the brand’s full-size, flagship SUV that will sit above the current X6 coupe-SUV. The introduction of the X7 has been rumored for some time, dating back to 2011. But this is the first indication from BMW itself that the production of the range-topping SUV will proceed. Kruger also added that the company plans to look at “broadening” the SUV segment, which could potentially mean the addition of different variants across the entire range. He didn’t elaborate on those statements, but it could be a reference to a possible expansions of incumbent models like the X1, X3, X4, X5, and X6, as well as additional versions of the upcoming X2 and X7 models.

The other important item about BMW’s aggressive new strategy is its plan for the M Performance division. Again, the company didn’t elaborate on the specifics of its plans, opting only to say that it’s looking into “expanding” the entire range of M Performance models, specifically within the higher volume segments. The phrase “higher volume segments” suggests that BMW is talking about the lower- to mid-ranges of its produce lineup, one that includes the 2, 3, 4, and 5 Series families, as well as the X1, X3, and X4 SUVs. Taking some of these buzzwords into the equation, it appears that the German automaker is looking at introducing new M variants for models in these families, opening the door for the possible return of the M3 Coupe, the introduction of an M4 Sedan, and more M-badged crossovers and SUVs in the future. The BMW M7 is also another model that’ll likely come out from this new business strategy as BMW continues to fill up the M Performance division.

One model that didn’t get a specific mention was the 8 Series. Recent rumors indicate that Kruger himself has been keen on adding a true flagship model that can directly compete against the Mercedes S-Class and the Bentley Continental. AutoCar even reported last month that initial plans for the 8 Series have already made their way to Kruger.

Whatever comes out of this new business strategy, it’s clear that BMW is taking a proactive approach in cultivating a strong foundation for its own future

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Rumormill: BMW X7 and X2 Coming by 2018

The folks over at BMW Blog report that sources close to German magazine Autobild say BMW’s got a couple new SUVs planned for the near future. Coming out first is the new two-door X2 scheduled for shipment in 2016. It’s said to be based on the UKL front-drive platform that will also underpin the second-generation X1.

BMW Blog says the X2 will also share the X1’s powertrain lineup that includes a three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Keep in mind, the diesels will likely stay in Europe if or when they debut. A hybrid variant may well be on the drawing board as well. We suspect a hybrid X2 would make a highly respectable option for inner city customers looking to make a statement while cutting fuel costs.

Less is known about the possible X7 SUV. This is not the first time BMW Blog has reported on an X7 as they covered its initial media leak and then purported demise, as BMW supposedly didn’t feel the need for a large full-size SUV at the time. The magazine does however dive into the possibility of three different plug-in hybrid systems for all X Series models. Included is a three-cylinder offered in front-wheel-drive only; a four-cylinder engine offered in rear-drive X3 and X4 models; and a six-cylinder offered in four-wheel drive for the X5,X6, and possible X7. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on the topics.

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Rolls-Royce SUV Still Has a Chance Depending on BMW X7

Rolls-Royce SUV Still Has a Chance Depending on BMW X7

Tell us if you’ve seen this song and dance before.

The Rolls-Royce SUV, which has been killed and brought back to life more times than the villain in a slasher movie, appears to be back on the optimistic side of Rolls Royce management.

According to Automobile Mag, the British luxury maker is back to considering the possibility of building the Rolls Royce SUV, provided that the BMW X7, which has had its own uncertain future, hits the market.

Remember, BMW initially had plans for a super luxury SUV a few years ago but ultimately canned those plans. But now, Automobile Mag points out that the market has changed with the introduction of high-end SUVs, including one from Maserati.

So, speculation of BMW revisiting the X7 might not be as farfetched as they once were. And if Bimmer does push forward with it and builds the SUV, Rolls Royce may finally follow suit and built its own, especially if it has a platform - the X7’s - that it can use.

Also, don’t sleep on how the Maserati Levante does as far as sales are concerned. In the event that it ends up becoming a hit, will Rolls Royce just sit back and let its competitors have the spoils? We think not…

About the only thing we know at this point is that the Rolls Royce SUV is neither alive nor dead. It’s stuck in limbo and for those waiting for it, that’s probably the best place for it to be on at this time.

Click past the jump to read about the Rolls Royce SUV’s potential rival: the Maserati Levante

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BMW X7 canceled

BMW X7 canceled

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.

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BMW X7 may still happen!

BMW X7 may still happen!

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!

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