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17:20  08 september  2017
17:20  08 september  2017 Source:   Motor Trend

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Toyota FT-4X Concept First Look : A Rolling Millennia Best Cars of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Social Media Wall. The BMW Concept X 7 iPerformance incorporates cues from the brand’s other SUVs, but extra measures were taken to accentuate this model’s size.

What's more important is they provide us with the first official look at the BMW X 7 , the seven-seat SUV that will sit above the X5 when it goes on sale sometime next year. Officially called the Concept X 7 iPerformance , it revolves around the word "big."

BMW has been splitting hairs with the many new models and variants it's introduced over that past few years, but its lineup has lacked one thing the entire time: a large SUV. We've known for a while the automaker plans to remedy that with a new three-row X7, and it's using the Frankfurt Motor Show as the stage to unveil a concept that previews the upcoming SUV—though hopefully not too closely.

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The expansive exterior of the BMW Concept X 7 iPerformance projects the exclusive experience available inside the car confidently to the outside world. Clear, vertical proportions with significant ground clearance identify the Concept as an X model without the need to look twice.

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The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance incorporates cues from the brand's other SUVs, but extra measures were taken to accentuate this model's size. Take the profile, for example. The vehicle rides on very showy 23-inch wheels and has high ground clearance to ensure it "rises prominently over the road," according to BMW. To further emphasize the X7's height, the front and rear ends have been made unusually upright and vertical. In front, BMW's signature dual-kidney grille has been enlarged to comical extremes, to the point where it takes up a majority of the real estate on the front fascia. The massive grille is made from a single, solid piece, however, which is an interesting touch. Similarly tall inlets at the outer edges of the lower front fascia appear to route "air-curtain" flow across the tires and back out the even taller air extractor elements just aft of the front wheel openings. Like everything else on the concept, those openings are very upright and make the prominent side accents look less like a "hockey stick" than they do on the 7 Series.

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Looking past its flaws, you can find some interesting design details, though. The laser lights have "X" designs, and this is the first BMW X model with perfectly round wheel arches. This powertrain will likely show up on the production version of the Concept X 7 iPerformance , too.

The BMW Concept X 7 iPerformance incorporates cues from the brand’s other SUVs, but extra measures were taken to accentuate this model’s size. Like everything else on the concept , those openings are very upright and make the prominent side accents look less like a “hockey stick” than

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  BMW X7 iPerformance Concept First Look © Motor Trend Staff

The concept isn't all bad, though. The headlights are slim and use laser technology, including in the dual "X" lighting elements within each housing. The taillights are also slender, and there's a matte silver bar that's partially integrated into the lamps that connects them and spans the width of the rear liftgate. BMW says that horizontal bar will be reserved for its top luxury models going forward. Giant side windows and a huge panoramic sunroof with a distinctive Y-shaped supporting structure lend an open, airy feel to the cabin. Inside, you'll find contrasting materials, plushly carpeted floor, and sumptuous quilted leather seats. Passengers will also find unequaled connectivity with screens for all six seats to make the X7 a haven of infotainment and productivity as they prefer. Using gesture controls, occupants can share a song to the central playlist or throw content from screen to screen. This interscreen flow of data is visualized by "interactive LED choreography" on the doors and instrument panel.

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Is this the "something big" BMW was talking about? For months now we’ve heard rumors that BMW would be unveiling its X 7 Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, a rumor that was reinforced somewhat from the automaker’s Twitter teaser posted earlier today about a “big” surprise coming in just a couple

Now, BMW is about to debut the first of its NUMBER ONE >NEXT strategy cars — the BMW X 7 Concept iPerformance . 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.

  BMW X7 iPerformance Concept First Look © Motor Trend Staff

Because it's a show car making its debut in 2017, the X7 concept of course features an electrified powertrain. BMW doesn't give specifics, but the concept packs a plug-in hybrid drivetrain featuring a gasoline engine using BMW's TwinPower turbocharger tech—perhaps similar to the 2.0-liter turbo I-4 hybrid setup available in the X5 and 3 Series. It's unclear if that will make it to production, but you can definitely expect BMW's line of turbo-sixes and twin-turbo V-8s to be offered when the X7 arrives. You can also expect to see the general shape of this concept reflected in the production version, though show car touches like the laser lighting in the headliner, wispy door frames, and Swarovski glass accents in the center console and steering wheel aren't as likely to make the cut. As big as this concept is, the third row looks tight. We expect the production vehicle to more equitably divvy up the legroom between the second and third rows.

BMW Concept X7 iPerformance front three quarter crop© Motor Trend Staff BMW Concept X7 iPerformance front three quarter crop

The X7 will ride on the same CLAR platform underpinning the 7 Series and will be built at BMW's U.S. plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. We'll have to wait until the production X7 makes its debut sometime during the coming auto show season to see how close it is to this polarizing concept. However it ends up looking, we'll see the X7 on sale next year as a 2019 model.

Frank Markus contributed to this story.

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