BMW Debuts Concept X7 iPerformance Ultra Lux SUV in Frankfurt
BMW recently previewed an ultra-luxury Concept X7 iPerformance large SUV that provides a glimpse of a 2018 model that will launch in early 2019. The Concept X7 iPerformance seats 6 in 3 rows and boasts twin-turbo, plug-in hybrid power with zero emissions. Posh and premium, the boxy Concept, which was developed with BMW’s “new design language of precise lines and subtle surfaces,” will be unveiled this week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The BMW concept SUV first captures attention with a provocative muscular exterior and an especially bold front end that features a prominent, BMW signature kidney-shaped grille outlined in chrome that is bookended by super slim laser headlamps with X designs. A horizontal matte silver bar and vents run across the whole front end. The back end is held together with sharp metal outlines and similar slim taillights.
Truly a showcase model, the Concept X7 iPerformance, painted in a Manhattan Metallic with dark olive bronze highlights, rides on bling-worthy multi-spoke alloy 23-in. wheels and is built on a frame that leaves lots of ground clearance. A large panoramic roof provides a light and airy feel to the cabin, with lots of headroom.
On the inside, the Concept X7 iPerformance is more conservative with modern but classic design and a driver-centric 12.3-in. instrument cluster screen. A state-of-the-art infotainment system with a similar large screen enables content sharing across screens on all seats. Dark olive-bronze and Smoke White quilted leather is used for seating with shell-like backs. Inside trim is dark-stained ash with accents of matte and polished aluminum.
The concept’s plug-in hybrid powertrain will feature a twin-turbocharged engine and electric motor producing no emissions, although it is likely that the X7 will be powered by 6- and 8-cylinder powertrains with a possible performance power option, according to Automotive News. Electrified drivetrains are a focus of BMW’s future product strategy along with expanding its lineup of premium utilities to meet market demand, according to BMW officials. BMW introduced its first X5 Sports Activity Vehicle or SAV in 1999.
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