BMW to Unveil Concept X7 at Frankfurt

James Marshall
September 13, 2017

The BMW Group seems to be satisfied with the sales of its new plug-in models this year; specifically, the 530e iPerformance which noted more than 1,000 sales last month (more than a third in the US), taking over 6% of total 5 series sales (ex-China), while the new MINI Countryman PHEV sold almost 500 units, representing 9% of Countryman sales - much higher than originally anticipated. Now, with the X7 SUV concept, the grille is at its largest, signifying a new flagship SUV slotting in above the X5 as a uber-luxury model for those who want more elevation than the 7-series sedan.

The new SUV that will be derived from the X7 iPerformance concept will be revealed sometime early in 2018 and will be available for sale by the middle of 2018 in European markets. A total of 57,895 BMW i, BMW iPerformance and electrified MINI vehicles have been delivered to customers around the world since the start of the year, an increase of 67.0%. Currently, BMW SUVs are only sold with petrol and diesel engines. Rolls Royce is rumoured to be building up to a uber-luxury SUV as well and if that is indeed the case, then the X7 and the Rolls SUV will surely share components and chassis. But its latest concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show brings that timeline down to a more sensible scale.

In an all-new interpretation of classical BMW elements, the front-end design groups together the various facets of the vehicle into a powerful visual statement.

The Concept features some intriguing detailing and design elements and while it's hard to judge size under the studio lights it does look more compact than the previous Z4 and Girard confirms that it has a shorter wheelbase and subtly altered proportions in order to site the driver in the middle of the auto. While the X7 iPerformance may be big, it does not appear to be butch. The SUV will be able to run on electric power alone for 100km. The width of the kidney grilles pushes the headlights to the extremities which has resulted in headlights positioned one above the other - another first for BMW.

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