We must admit that we usually write about cars made by American and Japanese automakers and that European car manufacturers are a little neglected on this website. Therefore, we’ll try to make things straight and to write about the upcoming SUV that is going to be produced by BMW. The German automaker’s headquarters are in Munich, Bavaria, but they also have divisions all around the world. The BMW US Manufacturing Company announced it is launching brand-new 2018 BMW X7. The X7 is the successor of the X6 which was introduced in 2007 while the second generation was launched two years ago. Although there no many details available on the Web, here is one of the first presentations of the new SUV coming from BMW.
2018 BMW X7 Modifications
The BMW US Manufacturing Company is located in Greer, South Carolina. It doesn’t produce all BMW models, but only X3, X4, X5, X6 and it will produce X7 as well. Reportedly, this is going to be one of the strongest BMW vehicles. According to several magazines, the new SUV is going to have lots of modifications comparing to other models from the X series. First of all, it will be the first SUV with the twelve-cylinder engine which is going to deliver an enormous amount of power. Also, it will be the first in this series to have three rows of seats, but it will still share the platform with the X5 and X6.
There is one important upgrade regarding design and one upgrade regarding the engine. The new V12 is definitely going to deliver a new experience. Allegations tell us that a 6.0-liter might be seen under the hood of the 2018 BMW X7. Such engine could be able to generate up to 550 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. However, we must hold our horses for the official statements since these are only rough speculations. However, we are certain that it will be mated to an eight-cylinder automatic gearbox.
Perhaps there are going to be two variants, European and American. The American version should come with all-wheel drive, while the other one will probably have front-wheel drive. Fuel economy is not expected to be exceptional since the X7 will use V12. The current X6 has a fuel economy of 18/24/20 mpg and new model might even have lower figures. Fuel consumption will also depend on the drive mode, but we don’t have any estimation. Since European customers pay more attention to EPA rating than the front-wheel drive is definitely going to use less fuel comparing to its American counterpart.
Exterior and Interior
The 2018 BMW X7 is going to be the very first SUV coming from the BMW factories that are going to have three rows of seats. It will be able to accommodate seven people in total. However, the platform should remain the same. The X7 will share the platform with two other models from the X series, the X6, and X5. According to the first statements new model is considered to be ultra-luxurious. The vehicle should use more aluminum, carbon fibers, and hot-formed steel in order to reduce the weight.
The technology used inside the cabin is top-notch. The X7 comes equipped with numerous features, such as automatic weather updates, USB port, navigation, satellite radio, environment adjustments, a smartphone charger and much more. Of course, there are various safety features such as rearview camera and blind spot monitoring system. The interior will be stylish and elegant.
2018 BMW X7 Price and Release Date
The 2018 BMW X7 is believed to be released in the last quarter of 2017. However, there are some expectations it can be launched in early 2018. When it comes to price, the new model should cost similar to its competitors, Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS and Toyota Highlander. This means pricing could start at around $65,000.