Report – BMW could be adding its own SUV luxo-barge: the X7 M image

The Bavarian automaker is looking to solidify its SUV segment position by adding a new flagship model – the already confirmed X7 – and while the official introduction is only coming in 2019, the rumors are already discussing a possible M version.

The performance SUV market is becoming increasingly competitive these days and it appears BMW is still investigating the business case for an X7 M – as the technical and design detailing can actually be handled with ease. That’s of course due to the prior experience of the M division, which has been outing not only the feisty X5 M and X6 M but also diesel versions that will be rivaled by the Audi SQ7 TDI. A release of the X7 M would move the automaker in a whole new category though, as it would face off against the Bentley Bentayga and Mercedes-AMG GLS 63.

In other news, the standard X7 examples are expected to be even more upscale than the all-new 7 Series, and offer seven seats from the get go. Another rumor talks about a four-seat arrangement, for the most exquisite and exclusive BMW to have been produced. Given its sheer size and weight, BMW most likely isn’t going for small displacement engines on the X7, with the powerful six- and eight-cylinder engines catering for the road duties, including the upgraded twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that would be premiered by the new M5 and packing more than 600 hp.

Via BMW Blog