Ian Robertson, BMW's global head of sale and marketing, told Autocar the new X7 will have "all the technology and luxury of the 7 Series", and will be priced accordingly. He also claims the X7 won't simply be a long wheelbase version of the X5.
It's unknown at this stage which engines will power the X7, but the company's six- and eight-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are a good bet. A plug-in hybrid variant, possibly sharing a drivetrain with the 240kW/500Nm 740e iPerformance sedan, is also likely at some point.
Initially conceived as a model for the US and China, the X7 will be sold in other parts of the world, including Australia. Like most of BMW's range of crossovers, the new X7 will be built at the company's US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.