BMW X7 Production Delayed, Can be Launched in 2018 with a Hybrid Powertrain

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The production of the largest BMW SUV, the X7 has been postponed till 2018, according to a report on Autocar. The report also suggests that the X7 can also be offered with a hybrid powertrain besides the regular petrol powertrains. Earlier, the SUV was expected to join the production line in this year, but due to some undisclosed reason, the carmaker has decided to step it down for a while.

BMW X7, the largest name in the history of German automaker’s SUV line-up, will be slotted above the X5 and X6. The report reveals that the yet to be launched SUV will be 5.35 meters long to meet the requirement of the long wheelbase. The long wheelbase helps in increasing the legroom for the second and third-row occupants.

BMW X7 Production Delayed Can be Launched in 2018 Side Rear Profile

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The BMW X7 SUV is based on the same CLAR rear wheel drive platform that also underpins the new 7-Series. The platform makes use of lightweight materials like aluminium and carbon fiber for the body construction that reduce the overall weight of the vehicle without compromising the strength.
No official details about the bigger fish’s powertrain have come out yet, though it is snapped several times during the different weather testing. It reportedly consists a 3.0-litre turbo 6-cylinder, a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 and a bigger one 6.0-litre twin turbo V12 for the top-end trim that will likely to lock the horns against the likes of the Bentley Bentayga.

BMW X7 2018 Spotted During Cold Weather Testing

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What’s hot about the 2018 BMW X7 is that it could also be offered with a plug-in hybrid engine that also does duty on the BMW 740e. The setup comprises of a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder petrol motor along with an electric motor that is good for 95 hp and 250 Nm.
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