It may just be a sneak peek, if you will, on a future production model which is set to make its debut in 2018 but the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance previewed at the Frankfurt Motor Show is already making us want to start the next year sooner.
The concept X7 will be housing the groundbreaking BMW eDrive system mated to a BMW TwinPower Turbo engine for an efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain. The front end, without a doubt, is the most eye-catching sight of the car with a large, vertical kidney grille.
The kidney grille is joined by twin elongated headlights with BMW laser light featuring a “blue X” symbol together with the Quasi-vertical aero lips that further accentuates the car’s powerfully presence on the road. For the first time in an “X” vehicle, the wheel arches feature a circular cut and emphasize the exclusivity and elegance of the flanks.
The exterior’s luxurious vibe is also highlighted with 23-inch light alloy wheels with aerodynamically-optimised inlays between the spokes reduce drag which complement the aero lips at the front and rear to ensure improved airflow. At the back, the X7’s bold presence is further enhanced with three-dimensional, L-shaped rear lights.
On the inside, the large panoramic roof which not only provides remarkable head room but also provides the interior with a light and airy feel takes centre stage in a cabin. The luxurious sense of spaciousness enjoyed from all seats is reinforced to subtle effect by strands of laser light in the roof and the dynamic ambient and contour lighting.
At the front, the layout of the instrument panel and centre console are typical of BMW’s driver-focussed ergonomics. The sleek dashboard is occupied by a 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen and central touchscreen information display.
Six amply proportioned seats are spread out across three rows where four of them are of exclusive individual designs. The rest of the interior applies an open-pore ash in dark-stained, matt and polished aluminium finishes. Second-row passengers can enjoy personalised infotainment comfort courtesy of the rear-seat’s touchscreen monitors. Here, the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance indicates BMW Group’s vision of seamless integrating the customer’s digital world into their vehicles via BMW Connected.