BMW Planning Crossover Onslaught in 2018 with X7 and X2
High Lux, High Fashion “Sports Activity Vehicles” on the Menu
BMW will offer its upcoming fullsize X7 crossover in two flavors, a seven-seat SUV aimed at families and a four-seater to compete with the Range Rover Autobiography and forthcoming XC90 Excellence. According to a report in Automotive News, the X7 will go on sale after the stylish X2 compact coupe crossover, due in 2017.
According to Ian Robertson, a BMW board member and boss of the company’s sales channels, the X7 won’t be a competitor for the rumored Mercedes-Maybach GLS or Bentley Bentayga. BMW will reserve the upcoming Rolls-Royce “Cullinan” for ultra-lux duty. As such, the X7 will be more adequate for well-heeled family vacations or executive travel.
The X7 will share its platform with the newly introduced BMW 7-Series. As such, some media outlets report it will be available with a lineup of I-6, V-8, and even V-12 engines. Expect the base X7 to cost approximately $75,000, while the X7 range toppers should hit $150,000.
A second compact crossover will join the X7 in BMW’s stable, Robertson told Automotive News. That vehicle is rumored to be the swoopy X2, a coupelike version of the front-wheel-drive–based X1. Borrowing styling cues from the X4 and X6, the X2 will have a faster roofline and a hunkered-down stance appropriate to something that claims to be a coupe. The X2 will be BMW’s $35,000 question, which will be answered by the compact Audi Q2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
With the X2 and X7, BMW’s total crossover count will hit seven, with a price range extending from $35,000 to nearly five times that number. That should satisfy utility-oriented devotees of the brand.
Source: Automotive News