bmw readies the x7 for one hell of a beating

BMW readies the X7 for one hell of a beating

Munich’s largest SUV gets the Jackson Pollock treatment as it undergoes testing

Dinesh Appavu Photo

Dinesh Appavu

22 Dec 2017


Blame the USA for the SUV boom. Not that we mind though, sometimes there are just certain things you require an SUV for that a wagon simply cannot solve. Three-row SUVs are the flagships of this new utility war and although late to the party, BMW is finally ready to dance.

The pre-production model of its first three-row SUV; the X7 Sports Activity Vehicle, has rolled out of the group’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA and is undergoing some motivational courses in lieu of the barrage of extreme durability tests that will make 50 Shades of Grey look like a child’s show. Following that, it’ll undergo homologation and registration.

In some teaser images of the model that is currently in the final stages of R&D, the Jackson Pollock camouflage does little to hide the fact that the production model has adopted a more conventional, squarish SUV shape although many of the design details did cross the realm from prototype to production.

The slim LED headlights, in-your-face kidney grilles angular front bumper all seem to be there.

It’s all in the hands of the development department now before it makes its debut at the end of 2018 to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Range Rover and Volvo XC90.