Patent images of the upcoming G07 BMW X7 have made their way onto the internet thanks to Allthecars, giving us a good look at what is likely the production version of the big SUV. The X7 is slated to make its debut later this year and was first previewed by the Concept X7 iPerformance, which was put on display in Malaysia just last month.

Production of the X7 has already begun at the automaker’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and we were treated to a few teaser shots of the finished product in December last year. Comparing those photos with the patents, we get to see many of the cues that will be present on the model.

The front isn’t much of a mystery, with obvious styling elements being the rather large kidney grilles that are flanked by slim headlamps that lead into them. This differs from what is present on the latest G05 X5, whereby the grille and headlamps are isolated from one another. The X7’s headlamps include hexagonal-shaped daytime running lights within their clusters, as with other BMW models.

Moving downwards, we arrive at the inlets that likely lead to the Air Breather vents on the side of the vehicle. The large blacked-out sections merge with the lower intake, which is then highlighted by a wide chrome strip. Two small humps on the bonnets are also seen in the patent images.

The view from the side reveals moulded door sections that form the exit of the Air Breather vents, along with a distinct line that runs just under the door handles towards the taillights. Segmented side window sections like on the G05 are also visible here.

As for the rear, the wraparound L-shaped taillights aren’t as sleek as those on the concept but they retain the thin chrome strip. Other notable styling features are the dual exhaust outlets and a panoramic glass roof.

Like the G30 5 Series and G05 X5, the X7 will ride on the CLAR (Cluster Architecture) platform and will get a variety of petrol and diesel engines. If you didn’t know already, it’s a big vehicle, measuring 5,100 mm long, 2,020 mm wide, 1,800 mm tall, and with a 3,010 mm wheelbase.

Inside, the X7 will offer seating for up to seven people with access to the third row accomplished by fiddling with the powered second-row bench. There will also be a six-seat option, where two individual seats occupy the second row instead.

BMW’s 12.3-inch digital display instrument cluster, the latest iDrive system as well as a Swarovski crystal-trimmed gear lever and rotary controller within the centre console are among the available equipment. More details about the large sports activity vehicle (SAV) will be revealed when it makes its global premiere.

GALLERY: BMW X7 spyshots

GALLERY: BMW X7 production in Spartanburg

GALLERY: BMW Concept X7 iPerformance in Malaysia/