Last week we reported on how Upington has been invaded by the world’s automotive test engineers and their camouflaged vehicles. It seems that the invasion is continuing, with yet more BMW Group vehicles spotted on the roads of the Northern Cape town.
There is a fleet of BMW X7s being put through their paces ahead of a likely launch in 2017. The new model is the Munich company’s attempt to take on the Mercedes GLS with a vehicle that has seven seats and 7 Series-style luxury. It sits on the 7 Series platform but is rumoured to share platform items with the upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV.
Speaking of Rolls, the company is also in Upington testing the next generation of the superluxury Phantom. The new model is set to go on sale early in 2018.
Far from Upington, Audi is testing the next generation of the A6 in Europe. The new model promises some radical design changes from the outgoing version, adopting some cues from the upcoming new A8 and a frontal design that looks set to be inspired by the new Q8. The interior is likely to be similar to the latest Q7 and it will, of course, get a whole load of new connectivity. – Mark Smyth (Pics: Gert van Rooyen)