A very interesting BMW 7-Series has been spied testing in Germany and if reports are to be believed, it is actually an early test mule for the range-topping X7 SUV from the automaker.

It is reported that this development car has been fitted with a selection of heavy weights to help test how the extra weight of the X7 will impact on the car’s driving dynamics. It is particularly noteworthy that BMW is testing the X7 within the shell of the next-generation 7-Series as it all but confirms that the two cars will share the same platform.

It is hoped that the X7 will prove exceptionally popular in the US, China and Russia and will inevitably be over 5 metres in length. As with all other BMW X models, the X7 will be available with a host of engines many of which will be borrowed from in-house. For example, it is very likely that one variant of the upcoming BMW X7 will utilise the 3.0-liter tri-turbocharged engine diesel like the current M50d delivering 381 hp and an impressive 545 lb-ft of torque.

Further down the road, we can also expect to see BMW’s current range-topping 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 also become made available in M specification.

It is understood that production of the upcoming BMW X7 will take place at the company’s South Carolina production facility.

[Via World Car Fans]


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