BMW’s new X7 SUV will compete with the Mercedes GLS and Range Rover.

The BMW X7 SUV will be revealed end-2018 in its final production guise. The car will be the company’s flagship. The first pre-production models have rolled off the production line in Spartanburg, South Carolina, US. The car will be the largest SUV the company has made yet.

Lots of spy pictures of the X7 have surfaced online and they show familiar BMW Design Features, such as halo daytime running lights and kidney grilles. The seven-seat BMW X7 is targeted at markets like the US and China, and will also make its way to the UK. BMW's head of sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, in 2016 stated, “We will have some versions that are top-end luxury, as well as more mainstream versions. I can’t talk about pricing now, but given that this car will have all the technology and luxury of the 7 Series, it gives you a pretty good idea of the price point we’re talking about.”

Earlier news said that the car will share parts with the X5 but Robertson said many parts are actually bespoke. “If you put both cars next to each other, the resemblance is small in terms of wheelbase etc. We’re not going to just extend the wheelbase, it’s a complete new panel cell.”

The car will be sold with a choice of traditional petrol and diesel motors, and will also come with a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid driveline. The BMW X7 will be built at the company's plant at Spartanburg in the US.

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