The X7 is one of those cars which needed to be released more than 15 years ago. However, due to financial constraints, BMW chose not to release it back then. Luckily, it seems that it will finally make its way into the market as the 2016 BMW X7. This large SUV will certainly be the biggest vehicle in the BMW range of cars. It seems that unlike what most people thought, the X7 will actually receive a stretched platform of the X5 rather than the 7 Series platform. This would also mean that new BMW X7 2016 should share a few components as well as its engines with it, but more on that later.
2016 BMW X7 specs
We can assume that under the hood of the new 2016 BMW X7 we could find engines same as the BMW X5. The base one is likely to be a 3.0-liter inline 6 turbo with 320 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Further up the range, a twin-turbo V8 should also be available. This powerplant will make more power, something around 450 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque but it will also use around 15% more fuel. Unlike the X5, the X7 will get its top of the range engine from the 7 Series. This 544 horsepower 6-liter V12 naturally aspirated engine is not only one of the smoothest engines available right now but also one of the quietest as well.
BMW X7 2016 large SUV
On the interior everything is going to be premium about the 2016 BMW X7, from the standard leather upholstery stitched by hand to the aluminum inserts and the 12 inch screen for the infotainment system and navigation unit. The seats are most likely to be like full size chairs with a lot of adjustments as well as standard heating and ventilation. The exterior of the BMW X7 2016 on the other hand is likely to change until it will be officially shown to the public. Until then though we can see from the early renders that it looks like a bigger X5 which took a lot of elements from the 7 Series sedan, including the front end and some of the wheels.
2016 BMW X7 release date, price and changes
While there is not that much official information out there, from the rumors as well as from the BMW officials said we can say for sure that the BMW X7 2016 won’t be a bigger X6 but a bigger X5 with a lot more luxury equipment and even more powerful engines. While its size would allow space for 7 passengers it is likely that BMW will only give it with 5 seats with the rear seats having access through a longer door, just like the longer wheelbase 7 Series. The 2016 BMW X7 release date and price hasn’t been announced yet but this large SUV might come in the third quarter of 2016 with a base price above than $80,000 US dollars.