BMW has formally revealed its X7 iPerformance Concept ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut. The large SUV concept is offering up a preview of what the brand’s new flagship SUV will look like, which may be good or bad thing depend on your perspective.
At first glance, one thing is fairly clear with the X7 iPerformance: it’s showing off a new design theme. Highlighted with thin headlights and elongated kidney-shaped grilles, the look is certainly different. Thinner lamps are becoming a theme across the BMW portfolio, but the long grille design is a bit of a new twist from BMW design.
The new design theme is wrapped around an SUV that is larger in every dimension than today’s BMW X5.
Inside, the larger setup is offering up room for six adults, but the production version will likely seat seven to properly compete in the large SUV space. The interior design, like outside, is a bit of a new theme for BMW as well. BMW says the design is a new direction that focuses on simplicity and premium materials. That said, the driver-centric dash panel design is certainly a familiar BMW trait.
So far BMW is being thin on details regarding the X7 iPerformance powertrain. What we do know is that it is powered by a TwinPower plug-in hybrid setup with a gas engine serving as the supplement to an electric motor. Rumors have suggested the gas engine is actually BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is also found in the 740e xDrive iPerformance model.
The concept’s electrified powertrain is expected to find its way in the production version of the X7 iPerformance. Of course, it will be offered alongside typical all-gas versions of the large SUV as well.