BMW has outlined its plans for a luxury SUV to be positioned above the existing, the third generation of the X5, with the unveiling of the Concept X7 iPerformance.
Revealed in advance of next week’s Frankfurt motor show, where it is defined to be the line to the sides of the BMW Concept Z4 roadster, the new six-seat SUV announced a planned production version of the X7 is expected to reach showrooms during the second half of 2018. It offers the choice of traditional gasoline and diesel, and, as presented by the new BMW concept, a plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid driveline with a zero-emission range of up to 62 km.
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The style of the Concept X7 iPerformance has clear links with BMW earlier of the Vision Future Luxury Concept shown at the 2014 Beijing motor show. He has a position upright and firm surface coating treatment with a clean and contemporary appearance that the German car maker said reflects its take on modern luxury and aesthetic.
“The Concept X7 iPerformance introduced the BMW styling DNA for the luxury SUV segment. The design uses a few precise lines and fine surface of work,” explained Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW Group boss. “It offers a luxurious and sophisticated feel, thanks to its sober use of forms and accurate detailing.”
Features such as the grille, in front of the air vents, the air breather units behind the front wheel houses, brushed aluminum finish window surround and 23in wheels have been intentionally exaggerated in the concept. However, the Coach has been told they will be toned down for the constitution on the next production version of the X7 in much the same manner, the details of the Vision Future Luxury Concept was refined before appearing on the 7 series.
The 5020mm in length, 2020mm in width and 1800 mm height, the Concept X7 is 113 mm long, 82 mm wide and 37mm higher than the third-generation X5. It also has a wheelbase that is 76 mm longer than its smaller SUV sibling, to 3010mm.
The dimensions of this concept is said to closely mirror those of the upcoming production version of the new SUV, which is scheduled to be produced at the BMW Spartanburg manufacturing plant in South Carolina, united states.
By comparison, the Mercedes-Benz GLS extends 5131mm in length, 1981mm width and 1849mm in height, while riding on a 3076mm wheelbase. Other perceived rivals include the Range Rover, which runs to the 4999mm in length, 2220mm in width and 1835mm in height and uses a 2922mm wheelbase in standard form.
Inside, the Concept X7 iPerformance provides accommodation for up to six passengers in three rows of seats. Like the Mercedes-Benz GLS, however, the production version has been designed to offer seating for up to seven. The dashboard and controls is a brand new field for the BMW X models, just as its digital instrument display.
BMW is not giving too much away about the plug-in petrol-electric transmission is used by the Concept X7 iPerformance, although it confirms that it has been designed to offer a pure electric with more than twice that of existing hybrids offered by the German automaker 62 km.
The Coach may reveal that it relies on the same set-up as used by the 740e xDrive iPerformance, with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine operating in combination with an electric motor in the front part of the gearbox housing, but with a larger capacity battery offering a longer range.
In the 740e xDrive iPerformance, the plug-in hybrid system offers 255bhp and 295lb ft of torque.
The next X7 is part of an effort to continue to build a BMW presence in the segment of luxury cars in the Number One of the > Next strategy.
The German automaker said the production version of the concept unveiled in Frankfurt is part of an exclusive club of BMW models, which also includes the existing sixth generation of the 7 series and future of the second generation of the 8-series coupe in collaboration with the i8 coupe and soon-to-be-launched i8 roadster.
“The nautiz X7 exemplifies the elements of our corporate strategy to develop our presence in the luxury class,” said Ian Robertson, BMW sales and marketing boss. “The X of the family of the new top model of the range BMW with the luxury of class and redefines the concept of luxury for the brand.”
To underline its high-end aspirations, the designers of BMW have provided the concept of the new SUV, with a revised version of the badge. Returning to the question of treatment seen on the first BMW models, it combines the black and white version of the company’s traditional roundel with his name, Bayerische Motoren Werke, written in its entirety.
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