BMW X7 spyshots

Following the announcement of a luxury SUV positioned above the X5, and then some renderings after that, the upcoming BMW X7 has been spotted here ahead of its expected launch next year. Munich’s contender to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Range Rover will be built in Spartanburg, South Carolina where the luxury model will be built alongside other X models, the X3, X4,X5 and X6.

Codenamed G07, the BMW X7 will be built from the automaker’s wide-ranging CLAR architecture which made its debut underpinning the G11/12 7 Series, and which now forms the basis for the G30 5 Series as well as the upcoming G20 3 Series.

With the backbone of the 7 Series as a starting point, structural strengthening has been applied to handle the SUV’s added bulk. Six- and eight-cylinder engine powertrains are expected to make up most of the X7’s line-up, while a version of the X5 xDrive 40e‘s driveline is expected to feature as well.

BMW X7 spyshots

Crowning the X7 range will be a variant powered by the group’s 6.0 litre V12 engine, which produces 600 hp and 800 Nm of torque in the M760Li xDrive; comparatively, the W12 Bentley Bentayga produces 600 hp and 900 Nm from its twin-turbo petrol W12.

Speaking of tall-riding British luxury, the BMW X7 is expected to share much of its componentry – including the V12 – with the upcoming Rolls-Royce SUV, known internally at the Goodwood marque as Cullinan. Where the crew from Crewe have taken a two-pronged approach with the addition of a V8 diesel variant, it remains to be seen if Rolls-Royce will follow a similarly varied approach with its own upcoming SUV.