Camouflaged prototypes of the X7 like the one seen in the accompanying video were trialled in diverse global testing grounds – from the snow and ice on the edge of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, to endurance tests over long distances along South African desert and gravel tracks. Driving characteristics and dynamics got a city workout in peak-hour city traffic, while load testing was conducted on winding country roads and highways.
The vehicle’s interior is described as “generous” with a “sophisticated ambience”, and its size and appearance as “impressive”, as you’d expect. The preproduction vehicle seen here gives a sense of the X7’s imposing dimensions and proportions, and we’d say the company has certainly nailed its aim of creating “a unique entity”. Whether it has delivered a vehicle seamlessly combining luxury, diversity and sportiness as claimed remains to be seen. But it is a BMW, so, you know, the expectations are high.
The first BMW X7s will roll off the production line at the end of this year and will start arriving in Australia in the first half of 2019. Pricing will be announced sometime before April, the spokeswoman says.