Con­cept X7 iPer­for­mance makes a stop in Malaysia

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The lat­est au­to­mo­tive news from Malaysia, from the BMW X7 Con­cept’s sur­pris­ing ap­pear­ance in Bangsar to Naza Kia’s launch of its prici­est model to date: the RM310k Stinger GT

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.

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