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The upcoming BMW X7 has been spied again during development testing, this time on the snowy roads of Sweden.

Like the vehicle spotted last year, BMW is giving little away when it comes to the new SUV’s styling, with plenty of swirly black-and-white camouflage and pre-production lighting packages concealing the X7’s lines.

Set to become the Bavarian brand’s SUV king when it arrives around 2018/2019, the X7 will prioritise luxury and comfort, and compete with the likes of the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GLS.


Like the smaller X5 with which it will share its platform, the X7 will be offered with up to seven seats, though its larger size will allow for more room and make it a full seven-seater as opposed to the X5’s 5+2 layout.

Underneath, the X7 will ride on a stretched version of the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform that underpins the current 7 Series, new 5 Series and next-gen 3 Series.

In terms of engines, the X7 will likely offer a range of turbocharged six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, along with a plug-in iPerformance hybrid variant.


Being a flagship model, it’s also possible BMW could offer a V12 powertrain, like the manic 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 fitted to the M760Li xDrive, which develops a meaty 441kW of power and 800Nm of torque.

The BMW X7 is scheduled to make its debut sometime in 2018, while production of the big SUV to take place at the company’s facility in South Carolina, USA.

It’s been nearly three years since the company first confirmed production of its flagship SUV, which was initially slated for a 2016 launch.


Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more BMW X7 updates in the coming months.

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