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The expansion of the BMW plant would boost production levels to 400,000 vehicles annually from 300,000 today, the Journal reported.


The long-rumored BMW X7 will be built at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, S.C., The Wall Street Journal reported today.
BMW will make the announcement on March 28, the newspaper reported, and will spend several hundred million dollars to expand the plant to build the seven-seat X7.
BMW had been rumored to be considering a three-bench vehicle to fill a gap in its crossover lineup.
Construction at the plant would boost production levels to 400,000 vehicles annually from 300,000 today, the Journal reported. The expansion would make the plant one of BMW’s largest and would add several hundred production jobs. BMW has 7,000 employees at Spartanburg.
The plant builds the X3, X5 and X6 crossovers, of which roughly half are exported to more than 130 countries. Most X7s produced at the plant will remain in the United States.
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This will be a USA only vehicle I bet.

Definitely a need for it, imo. Im sure there is a decent market for people wanting a luxury 7 seat SUV.

Way to big for anywhere else in the world though.
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Why the hell not, right? They've got a car for every other market segment...
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This will be a USA only vehicle I bet.

Definitely a need for it, imo. Im sure there is a decent market for people wanting a luxury 7 seat SUV.

Way to big for anywhere else in the world though.
The GL sells well for MB, so there is definitely a demand.
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BMW makes X7 in Spartanburg official



BMW has made it official - there will be a flagship crossover called X7, and it will be built right here in the US of A. The announcement was made today, confirming rumors of the new model at the Spartanburg, SC factory that broke earlier this week.

"Plant Spartanburg was built to enhance and expand the BMW lineup, underscoring the BMW Group commitment to the United States" said Dr. Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the BMW board of management in a statement. "In addition to the X3, X5, X6, and the new X4, we are today announcing another all-new, larger X model to be manufactured exclusively at this plant for our world markets: the X7."

BMW will spend $1 billion by 2016 upgrading its South Carolina factory, which already produces the X3, X5 and X6. The plant is currently capable of producing 300,000 units per year, but with the big investment from BMW, capacity will climb to 450,000 units. 800 jobs will be added as a result of the investment and new and upcoming models.

We don't have any particulars on the new models, but compared to BMW's recent batch of niche-busters, a straight-up, full-size three-row utility to challenge the likes of the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GL is about as mainstream as BMW has done in a long time. Once some details on this new model arrive, we'll be sure to let you know about it. Until then, scroll down for the full press release on the announcement from BMW.
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BMW X7 spied for the first time?

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Due in 2017 or 2018

A prototype of what appears to be the BMW X7 has been spied for the first time.
The full-size SUV was spotted parked on a street somewhere in Bavaria, Germany hiding its identity with a camouflage pattern that we have seen on previous BMW prototypes. Most likely this is the already confirmed X7 set to come out in 2017 or 2018 as a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and will ride on the same platform as the next generation 5- and 7-Series.
It will be manufactured at BMW's factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina where the automaker plans on investing 1 billion USD. The X7 is expected to adopt a seven-seat layout and judging by these spy shots it will have a longer hood, an elongated rear overhang and a bigger rear quarter window. The roofline is almost flat so there should be plenty of headroom for those sitting in the back.




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BMW X7 render is a taste of what's to come

2017/2018 BMW X7 render / Automedia

Coming in 2017 or 2018

The already confirmed BMW X7 has been digitally imagined ahead of an expected 2017 or 2018 launch.
Towards the end of March we heard BMW announcing a huge $1 billon investment at the Spartanburg factory in South Carolina where they want to bump annual production rate to 450,000 cars by the end of 2016. The already confirmed X7 will be manufactured exclusively at this facility and is programmed to come out in 2017 or 2018.
Details about the X7 are scarce at the moment but it is believed the seven-seat crossover will be a global model and will ride on the same "35up" platform as the next generation 5- and 7-Series. If this turns out to be true, expect a lightweight construction combining aluminum, high-strength steel, magnesium and carbon-reinforced plastic which in the case of the 7-Series (G11) will enable a diet of approximately 200 kg (440 lbs) compared to the outgoing model.
The US-spec X7 will reportedly be offered with turbo inline-six and V8 gasoline engines along with possible straight-six diesels and a plug-in hybrid setup. Regardless of engine choice, all models will have an all-wheel drive setup and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
We won't be too surprised if BMW is preparing a concept for 2016 to preview the production X7.
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I saw a new X5 for the first time in person the other day. One word to describe my reaction: Ugly. Since this X7 follows that look, I probably won't be a fan of it either.
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BMW is going with the giant wagon look... not sure how I feel about that yet?
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This I present you, the Death of BMW.
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I just don't see this being a big seller...
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Just wait, a pickup is next.
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And that will also look the same.
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Wouldn't be surprised. It is pretty much the only segment they do not have a vehicle for now.
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I just don't see this being a big seller...
They don't fill lots with hundreds of the same model like chevy and ford. They will be just fine to have an order only X7 with a couple to look at on bigger lots.

BMW has the 3 series as their volume seller. The rest are niche fillers that they build to order.


Look at BMWs sales over the past year or so. They keep breaking their own records and keep going up in sales %. I'd say they know what they are doing.
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2018 BMW X7 concept to be revealed this September


BMW's largest SUV will focus on the US and Chinese markets but will be sold in Britain; it'll get a hybrid version









The BMW X7 will be previewed with a concept that's set to make its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show this September, before the final model goes on sale next year.
BMW's seven-seat Mercedes GLS and Range Rover rival will sit at the top of its model range alongside the 7 Series. An early vision for the production car will be demonstrated to the public in Frankfurt alongside the i3S, 6 Series GT and next X3.
The X7 has been spotted testing several times in the past few months, offering glimpses of the future SUV's design and scale. It will be the largest SUV yet produced by BMW and adopts a typical SUV body shape with a boxy passenger cabin and flat-faced front end.
Beneath the camouflage will be familiar BMW design features, such as halo daytime running lights and kidney grilles.
The seven-seat BMW X7 is being developed with the US and Chinese markets in mind but was confirmed for the UK market by BMW head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, last year.

Speaking to Autocar at the New York motor show, Robertson said: “We will have some versions that are top-end luxury, as well as more mainstream versions. I can’t talk about pricing now, but given that this car will have all the technology and luxury of the 7 Series, it gives you a pretty good idea of the price point we’re talking about.”
Previously, it was thought the X7 would be built on an extended version of the X5’s underpinnings, but Robertson said many parts are actually bespoke. “If you put both cars next to each other, the resemblance is small in terms of wheelbase etc. We’re not going to just extend the wheelbase, it’s a complete new panel cell.”
It is too soon for BMW to confirm which engines will go into the X7, but sources have previously speculated that it will feature a selection of six and eight-cylinder engines, such as the 3.0-litre diesel in 30d, 40d and 50d guises and the twin-turbo 4.4-litre petrol V8 from the X6 xDrive50i.
Robertson also hinted that the X7 would use engines from a wide range of BMW models, rather than just the X5 and X6. A hybrid model will almost certainly be offered, because BMW “sold more hybrids to the UK in the first two months of 2016 than in all of 2015 put together".

The BMW X7 will be built at the company's plant at Spartanburg in the US. It will have three rows of seats, making it a rival for the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator in that country and China.
The X7 has been under development since late 2015. The first sightings were of a chassis mule based on a 7 Series. The car, spotted testing in Scandanavia (and shown further back in the gallery), wore weights on its roof to replicate the higher centre of gravity of the future SUV.
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Leaked 2018 BMW X7 Pictures Reveal The Kidney Grills Continue To Be A Big Problem






Heaven forbid BMW ever makes a full size truck, because the kidney grills on the ugly mug of this leaked 2018 BMW X7 concept are quite disturbing and don’t scale up very well

BMW finally wised up and delivered a large, three-row SUV. Despite having almost no effect on our sort of folk, BMW has finally made the obvious move it has waited so long—literally decades—to deliver on. The 2018 BMW X7 has been so obviously missing from its lineup, and now it’s leaked over on Bimmerpost just a couple of days before its reveal ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.
It appears to have a port for charging, so we can safely assume there will be a hybrid model. The door handles look really confusing. The overall design is just the latest BMW-concept go-to look awkwardly stretched a few hundred pixels. And those look like a third set of headrests back there.





There’s been an option for three rows on the X5 before, but true luxury rests in those few short extra inches added to the wheelbase only a big ugly beast like the X7 could produce. Considering this is a leak, these images may not be the final deal, but it looks pretty legitimate. It being another “leak” also means we don’t know much else about the X7 just yet, but we should expect to find out very shortly.
Any suggestions for what BMW should do about those damn kidneys? It’s literally a big problem now.













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BMW Teases X7 Flagship SUV As First Pre-Production Models Roll Off The Line





BMW’s Spartanburg plant has started churning out the first pre-production examples of the upcoming X7 full-size luxury SUV.

The Bavarian car maker is now putting the X7 through its final stages of development, with the production version expected to hit the market at the end of 2018.

“This is a very special vehicle and our employees are looking forward to yet a further member of the X family,” said Knudt Flor, head of the BMW Group Spartanburg plant. “Together with the BMW X7, a total of five BMW X models will be exported from Spartanburg to all four corners of the globe.”

The pre-production examples of the BMW X7 will be used for homologation and registration, as well as for endurance tests in extreme weather conditions. The production of the pre-production models also serves as a test for the Spartanburg plant, helping them optimise the future series production of the X7.

Cars will remain camouflaged with a striped-pattern wrap in a bid to hide the Bavarian flagship SUV’s final look. That didn’t stop BMW from releasing a few images of some naked cars sitting on the assembly line and showing off details of the front end which is dominated by the huge kidney grille and some sleek headlights.

The upcoming BMW X7 will rival models like the Range Rover and Mercedes GLS-Class once it hits the market.

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New BMW X7 Packs 455-HP According To Leaked Documents



The full specification sheet for the BMW's most luxurious SUV has been leaked after someone obtained a VIN number.
As the largest and most luxurious vehicle BMW has ever produced, the production version of the upcoming three-row X7 has a lot to live up to following the reveal of the outlandish X7 iPerformance Concept. Not long after BMW announced that pre-production of the X7 has commenced at its Spartanburg plant for testing, technical specifications for the super-sized SUV have leaked after someone obtained the VIN number of an X7 built last month. Running it through Bimmer.Work's VIN decoder revealed the full specification list for the xDrive50i.




Powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, the xDrive50i will likely be the most popular X7 variant according to BMWBlog. Thanks to the leaked specification sheet, we now know that the X7's V8 unit will produce 455 hp. That’s a surprising amount of power for a non-M powered BMW SUV. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic and power is sent to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system. Looking through the extensive list of standard and optional equipment, the X7 was fitted with 22-inch alloy wheels, finished in Alpine White and featured an off-road package. There’s also an option for an M Sport Differential.




It’s worth noting that no other BMW with X-Drive has featured a limited slip differential apart from the new M5, so it’s possible that the X7 will either have an all-wheel drive system similar to the M5 or be offered in rear-wheel drive. Other extras on the options list include a panoramic sunroof, a five-zone automatic climate control system, rear-seat entertainment, night vision, a head-up display, and a Harman-Kardon sound system. Being BMW’s most opulent SUV to date, it’s not surprising to see that the X7 will be generously equipped. We still have a long time to wait for the X7, though, as it won’t be launched until the end of next year where it will be competing against the equally lavish Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV.





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Production BMW X7: M pack variant spotted ahead of November reveal
BMW's largest SUV will focus on US and Chinese markets but will be sold in the UK from February 2019; there will be a hybrid version'







The X7 has been spotted testing several times in the past few months, offering glimpses of the future SUV's design and scale. It will be the largest SUV yet by BMW and adopts a typical SUV body shape with a boxy passenger area and, as the new BMW shots confirm, a flat-faced front end that has been toned down from the controversial styling of the X7 iPerformance. The extra large kidney grilles and slim headlight clusters remain, however.

The production version's styling will be toned down ahead of its sales debut, but its dimensions are expected to be rough the same. This means a length of 5020mm, 2020mm width and 1800mm in height, as well as a 3010mm wheelbase, will all remain largely the same, while the car will be roughly 113mm longer, 82mm wider and 37mm higher than the existing third-generation X5, with a 76mm longer wheelbase.

Beneath the camouflage will be familiar BMW design features, such as halo daytime running lights and kidney grilles. The light bar seen on the X7 iPerformance is not carried over to the production model.

The seven-seat X7 is being developed with the US and Chinese markets in mind, but it was confirmed for the UK by BMW head of sales and marketing Ian Robertson in 2016.



Speaking to Autocar at the New York motor show that year, Robertson said: “We will have some versions that are top-end luxury, as well as more mainstream versions. I can’t talk about pricing now, but given that this car will have all the technology and luxury of the 7 Series, it gives you a pretty good idea of the price point we’re talking about.”

Previously, it was thought that the X7 would be built on an extended version of the X5’s underpinnings, but Robertson said many parts are actually bespoke. “If you put both cars next to each other, the resemblance is small in terms of wheelbase, etc. We’re not going to just extend the wheelbase; it’s a complete new panel cell.”

It is too soon for BMW to confirm which engines will go into the X7, but sources have previously speculated that it will feature a selection of six and eight-cylinder engines, such as the 3.0-litre diesel in 30d, 40d and 50d guises and the twin-turbo 4.4-litre petrol V8 from the X6 xDrive50i. An M Performance model is more likely than a full-blown M version given the car's luxury positioning - it's aimed at the US and Chinese markets - so an equivalent to the M760Li is likely. X7 xDriveM60i badging could be used.

Robertson also hinted that the X7 would use engines from a wide range of BMW models, rather than just the X5 and X6. It will offer the choice of traditional petrol and diesel, along with, as showcased by the X7 iPerformance, a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid driveline with a zero-emission range of up to 62 miles. BMW's plug-in car sales have surged in recent months – a trend that's been in place since 2016, when it “sold more hybrids to the UK in the first two months of 2016 than in all of 2015 put together", according to Robertson.



The X7 will be built at the company's plant at Spartanburg. It will have three rows of seats, making it a rival for the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator in the US and China. It's around 110mm shorter and a little wider than the Mercedes-Benz GLS and around 30mm longer than the Range Rover.

The X7 has been in development since late 2015. The first sightings were of a chassis mule based on a 7 Series. The car, spotted testing in Scandanavia (and shown further back in the gallery), wore weights on its roof to replicate the higher centre of gravity of the future SUV.
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BMW X7 interior spied for the first time, takes design in new direction

Look for this to influence future BMW products




Last fall, we finally saw a preview of the three-row BMW X7 SUV. The Concept X7 iPerformance was, like so many other recent BMW concepts, a pretty good indicator of what the final version will look like. The production model is set to debut this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but until then we'll have to make do with spy shots, including some new images of the X7's interior.

The X7 appears to retain the massive bucktooth-style grille from the concept. It's certainly distinctive, though we'll have to wait for the production version to decide if we like how it fits with the overall styling. The profile draws a lot of influence from the recently renewed X3 crossover. In fact, much of the design looks like a scaled up X3. The tail lights look like they're straight off the concept, though much is still hidden underneath the camouflage.

Inside, the X7 look a lot like the 8 Series that we saw last week. We can see a lot more of the center stack, which looks quite different than what BMW has been doing for the past decade or so. The ignition, along with other controls, has moved down to the center console as in an Audi (the silver button even looks similar). The vents, too, take a different shape than before. Given that there's an image of a 7 Series in its all-digital instrument cluster, we would expect that it'll share that component as well as the rest of its in-car tech with BMW's flagship.

Expect a mix of inline-six and V8 engines. A plug-in hybrid version is a sure bet, too. We'll have to wait until the full debut this fall for more info.






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BMW X7 Prototype First Drive Review | What took so long?

Even unfinished, this big three-row crossover does the job well




SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The long-awaited, much-discussed BMW X7 finally enters the home stretch. Barely four months away from the start of production, BMW brought six early X7 prototypes to the Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant that will build the new crossover, and invited a small group to sample the driving dynamics. Munich's other full-sized SUV hopes to prove itself the lively, luxurious, and laudable answer to the question, "What took so long?"

Company engineers said their two priorities were to avoid simply building a larger X5, and to ensure the husky X7 performed like a BMW. The short answer is that they succeeded on both counts. The slightly longer answer is that they might have scored better on the second count than on the first.

Perhaps it was the optic-distorting effects of camouflage, but the X7 did not look flagrantly larger than the X5. It wasn't until the X5 camera car sidled up to one of the X7 testers on the highway that the slight difference in bulk became apparent, at least from the rear. BMW didn't want to get into specific dimensions; all an engineer would tell us is that the X5 is less than five meters (4.91 to be exact, or roughly 16 feet) whereas the X7 stretches beyond five meters.



Not only does the X7 sit on a longer wheelbase than the X5, the X7's body's been skewed rearward. Comparing the X7 to the current X5, the rear overhangs are proportionally similar, but there's barely any sheetmetal ahead of the X7's front wheels. Every X7 comes with a third row, so the sliding adjustment carves out as much practical room possible for those two extra chairs.

The cabin's more spacious than the X5 in every dimension, especially fore-and-aft, but doesn't deliver 7 Series roominess in the second row. I'm a long-legged 5' 11" and had plenty of knee room, but I apparently wore the wrong shoes to the ball: The toes of my cowboy boots wouldn't fit under the front-row BMW Comfort Seats. That might have been due to the seats or the messy under-seat wiring in the prototypes. We didn't hear a single complaint from colleagues, so it's likely that passengers with less rowdy footwear won't experience any issues.

The X7 doesn't do manually-adjusted seats. Models with a second-row bench get power seatbacks and bolsters, split 60/40. Flipping a switch on the seatback shoulder folds the seatback forward and hinges the seat up off the floor for access to the third row, automatically sliding the front seat forward when more room is needed. The wide rear doors and chair ballet make third-row entry uncomplicated.



An easier way to the nosebleed seats is to order second-row captain's chairs, making the X7 a six-seater. Offspring can step between the captain's chairs to get to the back, and if the chair armrests intrude, they can be removed and stored in an accessory cargo space under the rear load floor. The captain's chairs can also tilt forward for third-row access when the old-fashioned way is necessary. They're good looking seats that offer more power adjustment and comfort than the bench, but we wished they were wider and had more bolstering. The X7 project manager told us both modifications are on the way for a future prototype.

The third row provided perfectly serviceable contingency seating for an adults-only posse — a day out for polo and dinner won't cause arguments over which pair gets sent to the back of the X7 class. We had an inch or so of extra headroom, and the bench and second-row captain's chairs were unexpectedly more accommodating to boots.

Behind the third row, the cargo area can swallow a few carry-on suitcases and soft-sided bags. Put the third row down and the flat floor handily holds luggage for four road-tripping adults. Lifting the floor reveals surprisingly spacious under-floor stowage, and BMW told us there's a spare tire underneath that. Loading convenience gets a boost from a set of buttons near the hatch opening that can move both the second and third rows. Even better, the split tailgate is entirely power operated; when both halves are open, pressing a button on the upper hatch electronically closes the entire hatch.



At the other end, most of the cockpit remained under black sheets of camouflage, but we still made out BMW's new interior design. The recently teased digital dashboard faces the driver. Refined, crisp graphics look the futuristic part, making the current, orange-hued analogue units — which we love, by the way — seem like relics already. Designers broke the instrument panel into three vertical focal points: a 12.3-inch screen atop the dash and slightly canted toward the driver; a slim, elongated hexagon housing HVAC controls and a small screen between two vents; and an even slimmer hexagon below with audio controls. Beneath the audio buttons, the console slopes to the center tunnel. A large pocket with a sliding cover connects the two, hiding a wireless charging area for a phone, two cupholders, and a traditional Type A USB port. The only other USB ports in the X7 need USB-C plugs.

A reorganized control panel on the center tunnel groups the engine starter button, shifter, suspension mode buttons and iDrive controller into another chrome-trimmed hexagon motif. A stubby shift knob topped by a round-ish ball replaces the oblong paddle. The shifter is made for resting a hand on, or, you know, shifting, so it's surprising to see it introduced on a three-row crossover before a sedan.

Every X7 gets adaptive air suspension on both axles as standard — double wishbones all around, a redesigned five-link system in back. Optional upgrades are BMW's Integral Active Steering, and Dynamic Drive active anti-roll bar system. A new toggle on the lower right of the tunnel control panel adjusts the X7's height through five settings, with 1.6-inch spread between them. Comfort is the default, at Level 0. Levels +1 and +2 raise the X7's height 1.6 and 3.1 inches respectively, for ground clearance. Engineers haven't finalized the X7's underbody, so they couldn't provide a ground clearance number. We'd expect it to be right around the 8.2 inches afforded by the X5, and with 3.15 extra inches at Level +2 height, the X7 would boast clearance numbers close to those of a main rival, the Range Rover. Level -1 drops the X7 down 1.6 inches automatically when the driver chooses Sport mode or achieves a certain highway speed, Level -2 lowers the X7 3.1 inches for loading. The X7 can't be driven at the loading height.



BMW will offer 20-, 21-, and 22-inch wheels; our six test vehicles were fitted with either 21- or 22-inchers. The 21-inchers were shod in 285/45 R-rated Pirelli P Zeros. The 22-inchers get staggered tire sizes, sacrificing a touch of comfort for looks, with R-rated Continental Premium Contact 6 sized 274/40 in front, 315/35 in back.

BMW brought two 3.0-liter diesels, two 3.0-liter inline-sixes and two 4.4-liter V8s to test. The six and the eight will get horsepower bumps over the current units, so the carmaker wouldn't talk numbers.

We drove the diesel first, a Korean-market oddball in that it was fitted with the base suspension — no rear steering nor active roll bars — and the largest wheels. The diesel was the weakest of the three variants we drove, with excessive wind noise, rumbling tires and a coarse ride. An engineer told us that some of the prototypes had been hand-built in Germany, the rest were the very first off the Spartanburg line. That put each prototype at a different point on the spectrum of fit and finish. Another engineer told us the next suspension update was ready to be loaded into the vehicles but couldn't be installed until the other control modules were ready for their updates as well. Hence, we weren't sure how much of the compromised ride and NVH to put down to the inherent nature of any prototype vehicle, the state of the suspension tune, or the big wheels. Oh, but don't expect the diesel to come to the U.S. anyway.

The good news is that the diesel exhibited BMW-appropriate driving responses. Throttle inputs are quick, and linear in response. The steering loads up quickly after a small but noticeable lazy spot on center. There isn't a great deal of feeling through the wheel, but it's a cinch to point the X7's nose where you want it. The body holds steady when pushed through turns even without the additional suspension goodies. The brakes — four-piston in front, single floating piston in back — delivered on all the irrational deceleration demands of a high-speed, heavyweight, seven-car platoon snaking through Southern back roads. The optional M Sport steering wheel sported paddle shifters, but the updated eight-speed transmission downshifts quickly even in Comfort. Our German tour guide in the X6 M lead vehicle practically challenged his X7 ducklings to keep up, and we did. On top of that, we might have had a more relaxed time of it in the comfort-focused X7 than in the growly X6 M.



We drove the V8 next. It rode on 21-inch wheels and had rear steering and active anti-roll bars. It felt like a proper BMW from the start. Muted wind and tire noise, excellent composure on the straights, zero roll around the bends, a constantly rumbling V8 that erupts when given the whip and serious giddy-up. Active Integral Steering quells the slight lateral accelerations during high-speed direction changes — subtle agitations that get exacerbated for passengers in the second and third rows. Only princesses with a profound sensitivity to peas could complain. Active Integral Steering also means a faster rack; about two and a third turns to lock with rear steer and an impressive turning circle, about three turns to lock without.

Sport mode downshifts a gear, tightens up the steering, throttle response, and shift timing, and stiffens the dampers. The X7's input reflexes were clearly snappier in Sport, but the ride didn't move as far away from Comfort as we expected. The X7 didn't put on its sprinter's cleats in Sport. An engineer told us that a wider spread between the two modes is in the works. In truth, we're not sure a wider spread is necessary unless BMW simply wants to brag. The V8-powered X7 likely weighed a little more than 5,000 pounds and already hides its weight when hustling. Furthermore, the dynamic bounds are so broad in Comfort that most drivers will never touch them.

The inline-six was our favorite, though, also riding on 21s and upgraded with the top-tier suspension. Being notably lighter (360 pounds separate the I6 from the V and nimbler more than made up for being notably less powerful. It's also more mellow, belting out engine noise only when being punished, as opposed to the perma-growl of the V8. The inline-six also had the nicest interior, with a black Alcantara headliner lording over white, quilted-leather seating. This is the one we'd buy.



The X7 goes where no production, four-wheeled BMW has gone before off-road. An optional Off-Road Package adds a second toggle on the center tunnel that controls four terrain drive modes: xSand, xRocks, xGravel, and xSnow. The X7 then gets beefed up with an aluminum rather than plastic skid plate, a wider side sill that acts as a step, and a fully variable, electronic limited slip differential on the rear axle — until now the exclusive purview of M cars. Inside, the package adds an infotainment screen of off-road gauges displaying compass direction, incline percent and angle and roll angle.

We did a loop at the Gulches Off-Road Vehicle Park, traversing obstacles and ruts threatening enough that we were told the current X5 doesn't have enough ground clearance to clear them. Knowing that 98 percent of U.S. X7 drivers will never put their charges through such dirt and danger, and 1 percent of those who do are merely lost, we asked what the point was. An engineer told us the feature was for owners who want to take their X7s to their hunting cabins. We are happy to inform all eight of those owners that they'll have no problem reaching their lodges. More relevant we think, the Off-Road Package keeps the X7 au courant with the luxury competition, now that a plush SUV can't make rank if it can't handle having two wheels off the ground simultaneously. Further testament to carry-all possibilities are the factory-installed tow hitch and 7,700-pound tow rating.

Naturally, BMW wouldn't go into specifics about pricing, yet we did learn enough to know that a number in the mid to high $80,000s for the inline-six is a safe bet, and BMW might sneak the V8 in under the $100K mark for launch. The V8 X5 xDrive50i is only $150 more expensive than the 5 Series M550i xDrive.



The X7, even unfinished, does its job well. BMW succeeded in making the BMW of full-sized SUVs a true BMW and a distinctly different proposition than the primary competitors. The X7 is much sportier and more German than the Range Rover, and nicer in every way than the Cadillac Escalade. It's useless to compare the brand new X7 to the ancient and soon-to-be-replaced Mercedes-Benz GLS, but Mercedes' hallmark comfort-forward brand ethos will put ample space between the coming GLS and the X7.

The X7s we drove fly around the world for testing and final tuning before production begins in August. Expect an unveil either at the Frankfurt Motor Show or, more likely, the L.A, Auto Show. Then the X7 arrives at dealers in the first quarter of next year as a 2019 model. After that — unless BMW somehow cocks things up terribly in the next six months — you can expect to see a ton of X7s on the streets.
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