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Three-row BMW X7 heading for LA in November


In a surprise announcement, BMW has confirmed that the flagship X7 will make its long awaited debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November, and not the Paris Motor Show in October as previously alleged.

According to a report by Britain's Autocar, Munich's rival to the Mercedes-Benz GLS, Range Rover, Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7, which will be build at the Spartanburg, South Carolina Plant, has been earmarked mainly for the United States and Chinese markets, and that its debut in Los Angles will better coincide with its intended targets instead of in Europe.

Despite this, the production version of the X7 iPerformance concept shown in Frankfurt last year will eventually go on sale in Europe next year, and ride on the same CLAR platform as the 5-and 7-series, with styling likely to mirror both these as well as the new X3.

The publication further claims that the production X7, pictured here in prototype form undergoing winter testing, will have the same dimensions as the iPerformance but with power coming from an assortment of petrol and diesel engine as opposed to the concept's hybrid only drivetrain.

Although still to be confirmed, the power units in question will likely to be the familiar 3.0-litre straight-six diesel in single, twin and tri-turbo form in the 30d, 40d and 50d, the 3.0-litre straight-six petrol in the 35i and the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 powering the X5 / X6 xDrive 50i.

Further speculation is that a M Performance model could also debut as a rival for the Audi SQ7 and Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, packing the same 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 as the BMW M760Li xDrive, and possibly carrying the X7 xDrive M60i designation. A hybrid model, powered by the same 2.0-litre petrol / electric mill as the X5 and X6 eDrive 40i, could also join the line-up at some stage.



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