BMW’s Sleek Concept X7 iPerformance Is a New Take on Luxury SUV

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BMW’s Concept X7 iPerformance will be making its debut at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt, Germany soon, as the automotive company will introduce a whole new take on luxury.

Incorporating design cues from the brand’s other SUVs, the Concept X7’s profile flaunts large 23-inch wheels and has high ground clearance to ensure it “rises prominently over the road,” according to BMW. In addition, the front and rear ends have been made upright and vertical, while the front, features BMW’s signature grille enlarged as well that is made from a single, solid piece.

“The Concept introduces the BMW Sports Activity Vehicle DNA into the luxury segment. The new BMW design language employs just a few, extremely precise lines and subtle surface-work to raise the bar in terms of presence and prestige,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance has a luxurious and sophisticated feel to it, thanks to its understated use of forms and incredibly precise details.”

Inside, the Concept X7’s six-passenger cabin incorporating clear forms, warm colors and select materials represents an elegant evolution of BMW’s interior aesthetic alongside numerous new features.

A large panoramic roof provides a remarkable amount of room above the occupants’ heads while providing an open-to-the-sky feel. The six proportioned seats are arranged in three rows, with the individual first and second-row seats mounted on pedestals, offering those sitting behind them with generous legroom. Covering the seat bolsters are dark, olive-bronze leather with discreet gold pigmentation, alongside smoke white leather adorning the remainder of the seats provides an intriguing contrast.

Furthermore, the instrument cluster is a 12.3-inch TFT screen, while passengers can access digital services on their own personal infotainment screens and can be shared in the car via gesture control. LED lighting “choreography” on the doors and instrument panel indicates the movement of shared content from the rear screens to the center screen on the dash. Also, the rearmost glass panels feature linear accents that illuminate at night.

While the model is still a concept, BMW hasn’t given any specifics on its motor, but it is suggested to boast a plug-in hybrid drivetrain featuring a gasoline engine using BMW’s TwinPower turbocharger tech.

The X7 will be on sale next year as a 2019 model, but in the meantime, view its official unveiling at the IAA Cars 2017 show starting September 14.

Previously, BMW Group’s sub-branch MINI debuts its John Cooper Works GP Concept built for the race track.

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