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Everything you need to know about the new BMW X7

Published: 15 December 2017

► New BMW X7 spied
► Concept car turned real
► New spy photos, specs

The BMW X7 is edging towards production - and you can see just how true to the 2017 BMW Concept X7 iPerformance it is in our latest spy photos. The latest stage prototypes are now heading out on test and our scoop photographer has caught it out and about near the US factory where it will be built.

This is the SUV stretching BMW up into Mercedes-Benz GLS and Range Rover territory - it's super-sized to appeal more to buyers in markets such as the US and Middle East, territories where a more humble X5 just ain't big enough...

And, yes, that monster grille from the concept (below) seems to be present and correct.

The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance concept car

This thing has one of the biggest gobs yet seen on a BMW!

BMW X7: what we know so far

Seven seats will be offered in the X7, giving it a  dose of added practicality, and the rear doors are longer to make it easier to climb into rows two and three. This is enabled by the stretched version of the CLAR platform, which also brings the familiar suite of six- and eight-cylinder engines seen on the latest 5- and 7-series ranges. You can also expect a plug-in hybrid version.

For more on the BMW X7, read our latest news about the luxury SUV here

Word is, BMW might even drop the family V12 in too - which speaks volumes about the purpose of this giant SUV. It's all about maximum impact: hence the super-sized grille which looks to follow the 'upside down' look pioneered on the new BMW X2's nose.

The new BMW X7 will be built at BMW's Spartanburg factory in the US from the middle of 2018.

For more on the BMW X7, read our latest news about the luxury SUV here

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet

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