BMW’s X7 may hit the market in 2018 but before then, the current X5’s successor will be coming in 2017 and it’s going to share the 7 series’ underpinning.
The new Cluster Architecture (CLAR) is a modular chassis that can accommodate both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. It’s made from a combination of high-strength steels, aluminum and carbon fiber for a chassis that is both structurally rigid and light. BMW plans to use the CLAR in future read-wheel drive models including the upcoming 7 series, the next 3 series, 6 series and the 5 series.
says the new X5 is “already in advanced stages of development”. It could follow the 7-series footsteps and arrive next year in both RWD and AWD. Engine options reportedly includes a 3.0-liter straight-six engine, new twin-turbo V-8, 6.0-liter V-12, and maybe even a hybrid variant later on.
Given that around 30% of current X5 customers tick the third row option, BMW believes that the take-up rate would be higher if people were more aware of the option and if they could change the buyers’ perception of it. In this way, the X5 will pave the way for the X7, by setting up the market foundation.
When the X7 does come out, it won’t use an extended X5 wheelbase. Instead, BMW will give the X7 its own underpinnings and it will “take its pick of engines from the entire BMW range.”