BMW has just unveiled their largest and most luxurious SUV to date – the X7. As with BMW’s most recent new model reveals – such as the 8 Series and the Z4 Roadster – the X7 is being shown in Concept form, this time under the company’s hybrid iPerformance moniker. BMW is trying to signify how imposing the new X7 is and seems to be doing so in almost a Rolls Royce sort of way, with brash and bold features.
The full-size, three-row X7 will be one of the biggest BMWs produced, and it has a grille to match. It’s tall and the height is emphasized by the very sleek headlights. The laser lights have “X” designs, and this is the first BMW X model with perfectly round wheel arches.
Inside the BMW X7 Concept, you’ll notice many features that are reminiscent of the BMW 8 Series Concept’s cabin. The futuristic steering wheel, iDrive controller, glass shift lever and fully digital gauge cluster all look either plucked straight from the 8 Series Concept or at least inspired by it. Whereas the exterior of the X7 Concept is all about being sophisticated, yet imposing, the interior is all about high-tech minimalism.
Behind the front passengers, the BMW X7 Concept sports four single captain’s chairs, making it a six-seater in total. This is the way to do three-row luxury, as it allows for more comfort, space and style. Expect the production-ready BMW X7 to have seven-seats as-standard, with the option for six, single seats like the Concept. A pair of screens for middle row passengers mean they watch what they want, send things they’re browsing on the internet to another part of the car for others to enjoy and use the full services of BMW Connected like you can in other BMWs.
This is a car packed with advanced tech, most of which we imagine will find its way into the X7 that you could have sitting behind your electric gates.
While BMW has yet to release full details of the X7’s powertrain other than it will feature a TwinPower turbo petrol engine allied with its eDrive technology, but we can assume this will be the 740e’s 2-liter set up with a combined output of 322 hp and the ability to travel up to around 20 miles on electric power alone. As befits the X7’s luxury bent no doubt other engines will be available including the 3-liter diesel and the company’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8. Given the X7’s size there’s also the possibility of an M Performance variant using the mighty twin-turbo V12 from the M760Li xDrive.
Here are the first videos of the BMW X7: