BMW has revealed the plug-in hybrid drive “Concept X7 iPerformance” SUV ahead of next week’s Frankfurt motor show, previewing a future production model that will sit above the X5 when it launches in 2018.
As part of the German manufacturer’s so-called “NUMBER ONE > NEXT” business strategy, the forthcoming X7 form will form part of what is being claimed to be the largest model offensive in the brand’s history.
From a styling perspective, the design study’s exterior gets hints of the latest-generation 7 Series, for example, the chrome strips along the door sills and also the chrome bar connecting the two lighting elements at the rear. The car’s front and back are both dominated by vertically stretched chrome elements. And, in a departure from all current road-going BMW SUV’s, a circular cut is used to shape the wheel arches, under which are housed large, 23-inch alloy wheels.
On the inside, the designers have tried to create a light and airy, open-to-the-sky feel, with details including a large panoramic roof and six seats arranged in three rows. Tech features include a 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen and central touchscreen information display that are located at close quarters to one another.
“The Concept introduces the BMW Sports Activity Vehicle DNA into the luxury segment. The new BMW design language employs just a few, extremely precise lines and subtle surface-work to raise the bar in terms of presence and prestige,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president of BMW Group Design.