Anton Andres / BMW Press | September 07, 2017 15:00
BMW previews production version of the X7
BMW's largest crossover will soon make its debut but not before the German automaker previewed it in concept form. The BMW X7 Concept will grace the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with the road-going model hitting the streets sometime in 2018 and will serve as the brand's first true seven-seater. BMW released a teaser on Twitter but the folks from Bimmerpost were able to snag some detail shots.
The photos show a more dramatic interpretation of the spied cars but it shows what the upcoming X7 will look like. For the X7 Concept, the signature kidney grill has been made larger, extending to the middle of the bumper. It is then complemented by slim headlights which features a more angular version of the 'corona rings'. The corners of the front bumper are flanked by large air intakes.
Three bold character lines make up the sides of the X7 concept. The first one runs through the flush door handles while the second one forms the shape of an inverted L. The third character line runs through the bottom of the door sills, highlighted by silver trim. Like the rest of the BMW range, there is an air outlet residing in each of the front fenders. Lastly, the cut-out on the fender means the concept is packs iPerformance, BMW's brand of plug-in hybrids.
Slim LED tail lights are reminiscent of the latest BMW concepts. Chrome trim then connects these slim LED tail lights for a one-piece look. The bumper treatment meanwhile is similar to the front. However, instead of intakes, air outlets are seen at the corners of the rear bumper. Also, the concept features a split tailgate, just like its smaller sibling, the X5.
Inside, it is a mix of future and traditional design cues. This being a BMW, it has a driver oriented dashboard while the iDrive screen is connected to the housing of the instrument cluster. An interesting design feature is the floating door grab handle and the C-shaped instrument dials. Also, both the door trims and the top of the dashboard are covered in leather. Expect the production model to come with a toned-down version of the concept's interior.