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While it may have seemed unlikely before 1999 when the original X5 was launched, BMW has enjoyed explosive growth in the crossover utility world – so much so that it's expanded its lineup to include the X1, X3 and X6 as well. The X5 and X6 have even spawned M versions, and the X3 is apparently slated to follow suit. But that's hardly the extent of it, as the Bavarian automaker is reportedly developing a larger X7.

According to Automobile, the rumored X7 (codenamed F17) will go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz GL and a possible Audi Q9 – you know, in case the Q7 isn't quite big enough. To differentiate it from the X5, the mooted X7 will reportedly pack a third row of seats for seven-passenger capability.

This isn't the first we've heard of the X7, of course. The program was widely reported as canceled back in 2008 thanks largely to poor economic conditions in markets like the United States. The model had been scheduled for a 2013 introduction. Has a modestly improving economy and America's relentless appetite for crossovers rekindled the project? If Automobile is to be believed, apparently so...


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      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, it never ends, does it? What happened to the so-called recession and who can afford these things? If Audi, MB, and BMW are all making trucks for this group of buyers, they must project sales of hundreds of thousands of units. That suggests there is plenty of spare cash floating around.
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      The T
      • 3 Years Ago
      All in all, it's still a better idea than the 5 series GT, 3 series GT, or the X6. Atleast a true 7 passenger BMW suv will have some sort of utility and will be able to haul 7 people comfortably. Even rich people need adequate transportation for their families.
      kdilkington
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get BMW anymore. One day they're pushing the i3 electric car and the next they're talking about an X7 at a time when gas is hovering at $4/gallon in the US.
      Hlavkb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesn't the 2006-current X5 offer 3rd row seats as on option? Maybe these will be heated...
        Jeff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hlavkb
        The optional 3rd row seats in the X5 are a joke. You can barely fit kids back there never mind adults. Cargo capacity in X5 is also lacking. Mercedes GL has a legitimate 3rd row, a lot more cargo space and they sell alot of them. I would think the X7 would do well. I'll take mine with a diesel V8 please.
        fatboy9001
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hlavkb
        Yes, some (all?) have the stowable 3rd row but it's rubbish.
          QAZZY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @fatboy9001
          Well, 3rd rows seats are rubbish in all cars except for minivans. They can't fit anything but children (the intended purpose). But, a three-row station wagon would be a nice family car. If I want to sacrifice my independence.
      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      "What's the lease payment" said the guy in the Ed Hardy shirt and giant glasses who just had his house taken back by the bank.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard
        Hmmm, sort of like the Hurricane Katrina victims who got $600 from FEMA and promptly bought flat screen TVs.
      postpast
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know, Would be hard to compete with the Suberban, Ecalade or other American trucks. At that size performace dosent matter much beyond towing and as it will prebaly be used for kids or teams, to soft or nice of an interior is probly not a great idea.
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @postpast
        That's true. If you want a large machine with some off road capability, you may as well buy one of the American trucks. The BMW, Porsche, MB, and Audi pseudo-crossovers are mostly sold for eye candy in the McMansion driveway.
      Bassracerx
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay I don't get it this car used to be a bargain now it is a rip off? I know these things aren't flying off the lots so what gives?
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