Final preparations are underway for BMW's biggest SUV ever.
First , BMW’s answer to the Mercedes GLS and Range Rover is nearing production. And as you can see from these latest photos sent by our spy photographers, it’s quite a behemoth. Set to become , these new spy shots give us a first look at a pre-production prototype X7 being loaded onto a truck on its way to a test facility. The X7 will be BMW’s first full-size SUV with room for up to seven occupants in its spacious cabin.
The prototype shows the two rear seats are in an upright position, but when used as a five-seater it’s safe to say the X7 will offer considerably more cargo space than the X5. There should be plenty of legroom for passengers using the second-row seats too, and getting in and out of the X7 looks hassle-free thanks to the long rear doors. Our spies also managed to snap some shots of the interior allowing us to have a peak inside BMW’s lavish SUV before it enters production. Clearly, the cabin is still a work in progress. As you would expect, the X7 sports a fully digital instrument cluster but look closely and you can see it depicts the 7 Series, so the prototype is still running on the sedan’s software.
Nevertheless, it still gives us an idea what the production X7 should look like inside. The X7 is based on a stretched version of BMW’s CLAR platform, which also underpins the 7 Series, 5 Series and the new X5. Under the hood, expect the X7 to be offered with a range of six- and eight-cylinder engines in both gasoline and diesel guises, though we doubt the latter will be available in America. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but a plug-in version is also likely to happen. BMW’s new Range Rover Rival is expected to debut later this year, .