2017 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW’s largest SUV to date – The X7

Auto Shows, BMW X7 | September 12th, 2017 by 16
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The new BMW Concept X7 is just as impressive in person as it is in the official photos. The largest and most luxurious BMW SUV …

The new BMW Concept X7 is just as impressive in person as it is in the official photos. The largest and most luxurious BMW SUV to date has been unveiled today in Frankfurt and took the center stage alongside the new BMW i Vision Dynamics and the Concept 8 Series.

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. Up until now, the largest BMW SUV you could buy was the X5. With a third row as an option, the X5 was never really a seven-seater.

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In terms of design, the BMW X7 is quite a departure from any of the current design language used on production models. What’s interesting is that it looks similar to the design language used on the BMW 8 Series Concept. The exterior is big, bold and brash, with sharp lines and massive features. Its Kidney Grilles are simply massive, flanked by wide, yet narrow, LED headlights.

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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.

This new BMW X7 Concept iPerformance also showcases some of the brand’s plug-in hybrid technology. You can see the charge port on the front, driver’s side fender, showing off that this car is, indeed a hybrid. BMW hasn’t given exact specs of what this X7 Concept iPerformance has under its hood but will say that it has a TwinPower Turbo petrol engine paired with an electric motor. While all of BMW’s iPerformance models use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the X7 is so big and heavy, it would be surprising if it used a turbo-six paired with an electric motor.

BMW will introduce the production version of the X7 in early 2019.

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16 responses to “2017 Frankfurt Auto Show: BMW’s largest SUV to date – The X7”

  1. danielzain says:

    It actually looks much better in these real life pictures. There is a sense of how imposing it is, which is probably an aspect that will be appealing to buyers.

  2. jason bourne says:

    Largest BMW SUV… And the ugliest as well.

  3. raleedy says:

    Massively ugly.

  4. Icebreakerr says:

    i love it

  5. TheJorgon23 . says:

    Huge grill and tiny headlights, one word: “UGLY”…

  6. John says:

    This is one good looking SUV.

  7. Michael says:

    The back looks interesting. The front looks smug. Like a rolls royce driver lifting it’s nose above the crowd.

  8. Roberto says:

    Very disappointing. Musta hired the retired designers from Cadillac. Too angular too many accents no flow. Crush it and try again.

  9. Senne says:

    What do potential buyers in this segment want? A car that is menacing on the road, looks big and mean. It must be imposing and say “Get out of the way with your lesser car” (lol). The Concept X7 is all of that. The front really reminds me of a Rolls-Royce. That’s a complement for sure. The headlights will never be that slim on the actual production car and the kidneys not quite as big. The hood is production ready and looks great. Overall in production form, I’m sure this front end will look great. Over to the side which looks very good, you can’t possibly say that’s not a good looking side. The hockey stick is WAY too big and draws too much attention, which does make the overall side look a bit weird, but then again the production car will never have that and the Air Breather itself looks good. And finally the rear end. Looks imo maybe a little too straight up, but otherwise the lights are very beautiful, I like how they’re connected through a fine LED line. I won’t even discuss the interior. That’s simply stunning. Anyone who claims otherwise is flat-out wrong or a fanboy.

  10. Frank Partida says:

    So this is what the Pontiac Aztec designers created next?

  11. Derrick Fulton says:

    I bet once it’s out of warranty your on your own. and guess how much that will cost!!!! big time
    My wife x5 with less then 80k miles locked up and this so call customer care, said there is nothing we can do! not even a reason why the motor locked up!

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