Dec 22, 2017
As is usually the case, BMW has been careful to disguise the new car’s looks with eye-confusing camouflage, but nonetheless it’s easy to see that enlarged BMW ‘kidney’ grilles and other styling cues will be carried across from the Concept X7.
We have yet to be offered a look at the car’s interior; while the Concept X7 has six seats, split equally between three rows, BMW is expected to add a seat for the showroom model.
The X7 will be BMW’s luxurious SUV flagship when it arrives, sitting above the X5 in the company’s range.
One aspect that’s likely to make it into production is the Concept X7’s petrol-electric iPerformance hybrid powertrain. This will enable it to travel in electric-only mode for petrol-free commutes, with the conventional engine joining in the fray and helping take care of longer journeys.
BMW Concept X7 design
With the exception of Rolls-Royce’s recently released Phantom, it’s hard to think of a car with a more imposing front than that of the Concept X7. Whether this will be toned down for the actual X7 remains to be seen, but just as BMW-owned Rolls billed the Phantom a “dominant symbol of wealth”, so the Concept X7 “projects the exclusive experience available inside the car confidently to the outside world”.
The gaping air vents either side of that tall nose are echoed by further intakes on the Concept X7’s side, which segue into horizontal silver trim pieces and are carried over onto the lower portion of the rear bumper. More silver trim and vents are to be found at the back of the car, while an en vogue single horizontal LED light bar bisects the boot. Yet more silver trim picks out the recessed door handles, while the same material rests around the panoramic sunroof, itself supported by a striking Y-shaped pillar. BMW has fitted the Concept X7 with 23-inch alloy wheels.
Things settle down somewhat inside the Concept X7. The angular infotainment screen is similar if not identical to current production BMWs and while the digital dashboard has new graphics, this feature is already reasonably well established in the company’s range.
New touches include digital temperature displays on the air vent by the driver’s door, ‘laser’ ambient lights on the headliner, a fresh, beveled version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment controller, a gearlever finished the crystal glass and backlit buttons on the steering wheel.
BMW X7 price and on-sale date
While prices have yet to be confirmed, we expect the production BMW X7 to start at around £70,000 when it arrives in 2018.