The 2019 BMW Z4 got outed by the patent office last month and now it’s the X7’s turn.
First noticed by Allthecars, the images reveal the upcoming Mercedes GLS competitor will resemble a super-sized version of the X5. Despite the styling similarities, there are a handful of differences between the two models.
While both crossovers share a massive grille, the headlights on the X7 are unique and notably slimmer than the ones used on the X5. The X7 also adopts a more conservative front bumper with a chrome bar that extends into the air intakes.
The sides of the crossover reveal more differences as the X7 has a chromed lower accent which mimics the one used on the 7-Series sedan. That isn’t the only change as the model has a more traditional character line and a flatter beltline than the X5.
The biggest differences – figuratively and literally – can be seen in profile as the X7 is longer and adopts massive rear doors which will help improve entry and egress from the third row. The roofline is also a tad flatter and there’s a unique third quarter window which is more squared off than the one used on the smaller model.
Out back, the only notable styling features are a dual exhaust system and unique taillights which are connected by a thin strip of chrome trim. These features are hardly worth mentioning, but a closer look at the roof suggests the model will have a traditional panoramic glass roof as well as a smaller sunroof above the third row.
While the X7 will look different than the X5, the two models will share a number of the same engines. These are expected to include a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. There should also be a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 producing 456 hp (350 kW / 462 PS) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque.
In Europe, the X7 could be offered with a couple of diesel units including a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder with 261 hp (195 kW / 265 PS) and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque. There could also be an X7 M50d with a quad-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine developing 394 hp (294 kW / 400 PS) and 560 lb-ft (760 Nm) of torque.
Further down the road, we can expect a plug-in hybrid variant and, possibly, even a high-performance model with the M850i’s V8 engine that develops 522 hp (390 kW / 530 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.
Thanks to Faire Tyago for the tip!