The BMW X7 iPerformance Concept
The newest concept vehicle from BMW has been revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show …
The X7 will be perfect for those who want an enormous BMW. It will be built on the Series 7 platform at BMWs plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. BMW want to show it is possible to combine an electric powertrain with a large Sports Activity Vehicle. It is aimed at the luxury market and will take on the likes of the Range Rover Autobiography and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
The outside of the X7 concept shows similar features to those on the Series 8 Concept. The body has sharp angles with exaggerated contours to create a muscular look. To the front are the classic BMW kidney grilles which have been supersized, along with large air intakes. Yet the massive features theme seems to end with the headlights, as the LED laser lights are organised into a narrow strip occupying the space left either side of the grille to the very edge of the vehicle.
The lights at the rear share the narrow design of the headlights, with lights displayed in a narrow strip which runs the width of the vehicle.
"The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance creates a luxurious and modern impression through its discreet styling and extremely precise details"
Adrain Van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President, BMW Group Design.
The entire top portion of the X7 is predominantly glass, with a large panoramic roof which runs the length of the vehicle and generously proportioned windows. BMW believe this creates a feeling of light and openness for all those inside. It is highly unlikely a panoramic roof of this size will make it into production, expect a scaled down version when the X7 makes it into showrooms.
Pure luxury can be found inside. Materials are of high quality and include a mix of white, dark, and olive bronze leathers alongside open-pore ash wood and polished or matte aluminium. Technology has taken over the cabin to leave a very minimalist looking dashboard. The driver has a 12.3” instrument control panel which, due to placement, appears to run into the main 12.3” infotainment panel in the centre of the dash as one continuous screen.
There are a few buttons which appear, these can all be controlled by haptic touch and surround the backlit crystal gear selector. The majority of features are all controlled via the central touchscreen.
Two other touch screens appear on the rear of the driver and passenger seats for those travelling in the back. The screens are all connected. This means a rear passenger could send music to be played through the main speakers, or send directions to the satellite navigation system. Each screen can also share anything viewed with another screen so another passenger can see it. These connections are highlights by ‘interactive LED Choreography’. This system traces the pathway of the communication through ambient lighting.
Until the X7, the X5 is the only other X model which allows for occupants over the standard 5. The X7 concept shows a 6-seat configuration with 2 seats on the middle row which are pushed together to provide a better view out of the windscreen. It is likely when the X7 goes into production a more traditional 7-seat lay out will be available.
There is no official word on the engine range BMW will provide with the X7. As it displays the iPerformance badge and has a plug-in charge point visible, we know there will be a hybrid version and expect a fully electric version to be introduced in time.
It has been hinted a TwinPower turbo petrol engine mated to an electric motor will be available at the launch.
We can expect to see the production model in late 2018, a guess at the starting price has been put at around £70,000.
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13 September 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy