BMW’s new X7 is a kidney grille with six seats

Posted on Sep 9, 2017 by

Munich previews the upcoming X7 with a six-seater concept SUV headed to the — it looks, um, interesting…

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The Germans are calling it a concept headed to next week’s Frankfurt motor show, but this is pretty much what the production-spec, American-built, 2018 X7 full-sizer will look like — two massive nostrils with some car attached.

Long in the making, Munich’s new SUV flagship will rival the Mercedes-Benz GLS and the Range Rover, likely sitting on the company’s CLAR carbon-fibre infused vehicle architecture that currently serves the BMW 7 Series sedan.

In concept form the X7 iPerformance, to give it its full name, is a six-seater though that might change for production (rivals are seven-seaters), and it gets about with BMW’s eDrive technology (so it’s a hybrid) coupled to a turbocharged petrol engine.

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BMW says this X7 will form the company’s largest product offensive ever, with a target of 40 product lines by the 2019 model year.

The design is the big talking point, with company styling boss Adrian van Hooydonk and his team going for vertical proportions and new details such as the circular wheel arches for the first time on a BMW X vehicle. Around the back, you’ll see a lot happening but you won’t see any exhaust pipes, which is a cue for all future BMW hybrids.

bmw x7 1Seeing as the X7 will be BMW’s largest car ever, the design team had a lot to do for the interior — this concept features a panoramic roof, and a 4+2 seating arrangement with the front four chairs particularly sumptuous. For the show car BMW went with olive-bronze leather and white contrasting leather, a lot of matte and aluminum accents, and plenty of open pore ash wood.

The 12.3-inch screen is central in the cabin, and there are displays for rear passengers as well as connectivity services like on-board shareable content — you can forward stuff from screen to screen, or passenger to passenger.

To be produced in BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina, plant, the X7 will make its production-ready debut later next year before going on sale before the end of 2018.

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