Concept X7 iPerformance makes a stop in Malaysia
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BMW Group Malaysia recently unveiled the Concept X7 iPerformance in Malaysia, its first appearance in Southeast Asia. If there was a tinge of déjà vu about that, it was because the Bavarian carmaker also previewed the Concept Series 8 here in February in similar fashion.
The soon-to-be X7 made its first public appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motorshow, and seeing it here brought about the same first impression: the SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) is huge.
The size is not for nothing as it seats six in three rows comfortably. There’s plenty of visual stimulation for the passengers as they get individual screens at the seat-back. At least that ’s the case for those in the second row. Third row passengers have to settle for the panoramic roof view.
The Concept X7 iPerformance boasts a large single-piece vertical kidney grille flanked by twin headlights that are linked to the grille by BMW’s ‘laser light’.
Further underlining the Concept i7’s size is its wheelbase that’s visually exaggerated by a thin piece of metal which starts from the breather on the fenders and ends at the back. The rear is just as strong in character, with the L-shaped embellishments at the two opposing sides and slim rear lights. The tailpipes are unsighted, which gives emphasis to the iPerformance part of the X7 and its hybrid identity.
Though what was on view was a concept, BMW already has pre-production models out for homologation and tests. So there were some extra show car qualities to it, such as self-opening doors which revealed the interior; itself an area we were allowed to look at but not touch. It ’s a classy interior, BMW-like (the centre console, for example, and the row of numbered buttons). The touchscreen is 12.3 inches wide, as is the instrument display.
As for modern connectivity via BMW Connected, there’s infotainment integration for the front and second row passengers. Also, content can be shared with others in the car, including music, articles or even addresses extracted from email.
The X7 is scheduled for launch in 2019.