2019 BMW X7 spy shots and video

After years of sitting on the sidelines, BMW is about to jump into the full-size luxury SUV segment with an X7.

Talk of an X7 dates back more than a decade but BMW was reluctant to launch such a model for most of that time, focusing instead on smaller vehicles. Strong demand for an SUV positioned above the X5 and X6, especially from China, finally in 2014 persuaded managers to give the project the green light.

The new model will compete against rival full-size SUVs in the luxury arena such as the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase, Lincoln Navigator and upcoming Audi Q8 and Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

Looking at the prototypes, there are no surprises regarding the design. The X7 resembles a stretched version of prototypes already seen for BMW’s next-generation X5, albeit more muscular, especially around the front section. Note that the grille and lights are test units and should be replaced on more advanced prototypes.