BMW is putting the finishing touches on the 2019 X7 ahead of a possible unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.
The flagship crossover was previewed by the X7 iPerformance concept and retains many of its styling details. Starting up front, the model has a massive twin kidney grille which ensures there’s no mistaking the crossover for anything but a BMW. Designers also installed LED-infused headlights, slender fog lights and a sporty front bumper with honeycomb mesh inserts.
Moving further back, we can see a familiar profile which resembles a supersized X5. The camouflage hides a lot of styling details but this particular prototype appears to be equipped with the M Sport package as it features a monotone appearance as well as a braking system with blue calipers. The model also has long rear doors which should help to improve entry and egress from the third row.
The rear of the crossover is relatively plain as the only notable styling details are dual exhaust tips, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and slender LED taillights that appear to be connected by a thin strip of chrome trim.
Given the model’s status as the company’s range-topping crossover, it comes as little surprise that the X7 is loaded with technology. A quick glimpse at the interior reveals drivers will find a digital instrument cluster, a freestanding infotainment system and new switchgear which features a small LCD display that likely shows the interior climate control settings.
We can also see a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic accents and an assortment of controls around the gear selector. Speaking of the latter, there’s a familiar iDrive controller as well as dedicated buttons for Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro modes.
Like the X5, the X7 will ride on the CLAR architecture and offer an assortment of different engines. Choices remain unconfirmed but are expected to include a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder with around 335 hp (249 kW) and a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 developing approximately 455 hp (339 kW). We can also expect plug-in hybrid and diesel variants.