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Following a major leak a few days ago, BMW has finally released all the details on the X7 iPerformance concept, a near-production preview of its upcoming 2018 SUV flagship model.

Offering seating for six passengers, the new X7 iPerformance concept’s interior is introducing the brand’s new direction when it comes to luxury, blending simple lines with high-quality materials and the latest tech features available. The production version is expected to offer room for seven.

The exterior also reveals the new design choices BMW will make for its new SUV range. The front end is dominated by the latest version of the kidney grille, which now stands bigger and taller. Together with the slim headlights, the face of the BMW X7 is indicative of what to expect from future Bavarian SUVs.

The concept measures 5020mm in length, 2020mm in width and 1800mm in height, making it 113mm longer, 82mm wider and 37mm higher than the current BMW X5, with the wheelbase being 76mm longer, at 3010mm.

Power comes from a plug-in hybrid powertrain, with BMW only revealing that a petrol TwinPower engine sits at its heart and that it offers a long driving range in its all-electric mode. Reports suggest that the engine in question is the four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo unit that’s also found in the 740e xDrive iPerformance.

“Since BMW founded the Sports Activity Vehicle segment with the first X5 back in 1999, every subsequent X vehicle has broken new ground,” said Ian Robertson, Member of the BMW AG Management Board responsible for Sales and Brand BMW.

“The BMW X7 continues this tradition: the X family’s new top model extends BMW’s offering in the luxury class and redefines the concept of luxury for the BMW brand and beyond. Furthermore, the BMW Concept X7 demonstrates it’s perfectly possible to combine a large sports activity vehicle with an electrified drivetrain.”



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