BMW pre­views new X7

Six-seat con­cept un­veiled

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BMW has un­veiled the Con­cept X7 iper­for­mance, which pre­views plans for a lux­u­ri­ous SUV to sit above the X5.

The new six-seat SUV presages a planned pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the X7 that is due to reach show­rooms late next year, of­fer­ing con­ven­tional petrol and diesel mod­els and, as show­cased by the con­cept, a plug-in petrol-electric hy­brid with a zero-emis­sion range of up to 62 miles.

The styling of the Con­cept X7 iper­for­mance has clear links to BMW’S ear­lier Vi­sion Fu­ture Lux­ury Con­cept, which was re­vealed at the 2014 Bei­jing mo­tor show.

“The Con­cept X7 iper­for­mance in­tro­duces the BMW styling DNA to the lux­ury SUV seg­ment,” said BMW Group de­sign boss Adrian van Hooy­donk. “It em­ploys just a few pre­cise lines and sub­tle sur­face work.”

Fea­tures such as the kid­ney grille, front air vents, brushed alu­minium win­dow sur­round and 23in wheels will be toned down for the X7 pro­duc­tion ver­sion in much the same way as the de­tail­ing of the Vi­sion Fu­ture Lux­ury Con­cept was re­fined be­fore ap­pear­ing on the cur­rent 7 Se­ries.

At 5020mm in over­all length, 2020mm in width and 1800mm in height, the Con­cept X7 is 113mm longer, 82mm wider and 37mm higher than the ex­ist­ing third-gen­er­a­tion X5. It also rides on a wheel­base that is 76mm longer than its smaller SUV sibling, at 3010mm. The di­men­sions of the con­cept are said to closely mir­ror those of the up­com­ing pro­duc­tion model.

By way of com­par­i­son, the Mercedes-benz GLS stretches to 5131mm in length, 1981mm in width and 1849mm in height, while rid­ing on a wheel­base of 3076mm.

In­side, the Con­cept X7 iper­for­mance pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion for up to six oc­cu­pants in three rows of seats. Like the Mercedes-benz GLS, how­ever, the pro­duc­tion ver­sion has been con­ceived to of­fer seat­ing for up to seven. The dash­board and its con­trols also mark new ground for BMW’S X mod­els, as does the dig­i­tal in­stru­ment dis­play.

BMW isn’t giv­ing too much away about the plug-in petrol­elec­tric pow­er­train used by the Con­cept X7 iper­for­mance, al­though it has con­firmed that it has been en­gi­neered to de­liver a pure-electric range of more than twice that of the ex­ist­ing hy­brids of­fered by the Ger­man car maker, at 62miles.

Au­to­car can re­veal that it re­lies on the same set-up as that used by the 740e xdrive iper­for­mance, with a tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol en­gine op­er­at­ing in com­bi­na­tion with an electric mo­tor in the for­ward sec­tion of the gear­box hous­ing, al­beit with a larger-ca­pac­ity bat­tery pro­vid­ing a greater range.

In the 740e xdrive iper­for­mance, the plug-in hy­brid sys­tem pro­duces 255bhp and 295lb ft.

The up­com­ing X7 forms part of a push to fur­ther es­tab­lish BMW’S pres­ence in the lux­ury car seg­ment. BMW says the X7 pro­duc­tion model forms part of an ex­clu­sive club of BMW mod­els that in­cludes the 7 Se­ries and up­com­ing sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion 8 Se­ries coupé, to­gether with the i8 coupé and

OF­FI­CIAL PIC­TURES

Dash­board and con­trols are a de­par­ture from reg­u­lar X mod­els’

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