Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: BMW | posted May 13, 2016 11:44
BMW X7 to join SAV lineup in 2018
BMW's Vision Next 100 design study will soon be hitting the production line after company CEO Harald Krueger announced that it will be available by 2021.
Krueger confirmed this during the company's 96th Annual General Meeting in Munich. Exact details about the upcoming car remains a mystery, but it is expected that all, if not most of the tech in the concept will make its way in the production version.
Apart from that, Krueger also mentioned that the X7 luxury Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) will soon be making its world debut in 2018. Rolls-Royce, on the other hand, is working on a new SUV model codenamed Cullinan. BMW also plans to expand their M and M Performance models, while at the same time, further improve their technologies in making and developing cars under BMW i.
First revealed last March, the Vision Next 100 concept celebrated BMW's centenary and marked their idea for the future of mobility. It features a sleek design while still incorporating the signature kidney grill. New to the concept however are thin strips of laser headlights. All of its doors open upward which makes for easier ingress and egress.
The cabin is devoid of any buttons or controls except for the steering wheel which stows itself inside the dashboard when in self-driving mode. All of the onboard functions can be activated via Gesture Control, which is standard equipment on the new-generation G11/G12 7-Series.
It features an electric powertrain and has the ability to drive itself, allowing drivers to treat the car as a mobile lounge