The BMW X7 iPerformance Concept will be presented at the IAA 2017. The X7 study with plug-in hybrid expects numerous design tricks of the later serial model (G07). Despite its conscious hybrid powertrain, the BMW X7 iPerformance Concept maintains a robust appearance at the IAA 2017. In Frankfurt, you get a precise idea of what sales director Ian Robertson means when he talks about the redefinition of the term "luxury" at BMW. Fears that the SUV could mutate into a copy of the largest BMW SUV to date can be shelved.

The new BMW stands out not only because of its sheer size but also because of its design, which belongs to the category "Blocks, not spill." The front is dominated by a massive kidney grille, flanked by slit-like LED headlights and vertical air intakes, which underlines the size of the SUV.

The rear of the vehicle picks up on the design of the front, also features vertical air outlets and a continuous LED strip light. The i-logo on the fuel filler cap and the eDrive lettering on the C-pillar allude to the hybrid drive of the BMW X7 iPerformance Concept, whose performance data are as yet unknown.

Interior

Inside, the BMW X7 makes an almost filigree and almost light impression. The six individual seats in three rows are slim lounge chairs that float in an airy atmosphere, the steering wheel has a delicate wreath, and the cockpit takes a soft back seat.

The BMW X7 is supposed to set new standards among the somewhat rougher companions of the luxury class. Although most customers will move off-road vehicles, xDrive all-wheel drive and attractive off-road features in this class are part of the package.

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The image of the unstoppable all-rounder must be preserved. It's not only the great off-roaders from England who have long since proved that mud and noblesse can be combined.

CLAR platform

Like the new 7 Series, the BMW X7 will be based on the CLAR platform. It offers sufficient space for the third row of seats. Those who prefer to provide fewer occupants, even more, luxury will be able to equip the Munich car with four good comfort seats. In this configuration at the latest, the X7 is to become a genuine 7-seater alternative, which is accompanied by appropriate materials and the highest standards of first-class workmanship.

Just like the X5 and most other X models, the new BMW X7 will be built in Spartanburg, USA, from 2018 onwards. Of course, the principal character of the largest X-model also includes engines that are in keeping with the latest standards, with the V12 engine of the new BMW M760Li coming into consideration in addition to supercharged inline six-cylinder engines and the proven V8 bit turbo.

A twelve-cylinder engine could be just the right tool to convince the extremely image-conscious customers of the BMW X7's unusual position. At the IAA, however, the study is initially presented as an economical plug-in hybrid. Regarding figures, the X7 is likely to be considerably less than four liters and cheaper than an X1, thanks to its 31 miles of electric range.