13 September, 2017
This is the all-new BMW Z4 - or at least around 80 percent of the production auto when it makes its debut in 2018 - revealed in Concept form at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance before being paraded once again at the Frankfurt motor show. evo was granted a sneak preview of the vehicle before it was shipped to America and we talked to its designer, Marc Girard, head of BMW Concept design, as we photographed it in a Munich studio. It will be a base for an all-new SUV from BMW that will sit over their current flagship SUV, the X5.
With the X7 iPerformance concept, BMW want to redefine the concept of a luxury SUV.
With the exception of Rolls-Royce's recently released Phantom, it's hard to think of a auto with a more imposing front than that of the Concept X7. With a third row as an option, the X5 was never really a seven-seater.
The Concept features some intriguing detailing and design elements and while it's hard to judge size under the studio lights it does look more compact than the previous Z4 and Girard confirms that it has a shorter wheelbase and subtly altered proportions in order to site the driver in the middle of the auto. The exterior is big, bold and brash, with sharp lines and massive features. Whether this will be toned down for the actual X7 remains to be seen, but just as BMW-owned Rolls billed the Phantom a "dominant symbol of wealth", so the Concept X7 "projects the exclusive experience available inside the vehicle confidently to the outside world". Whereas the exterior of the X7 Concept is all about being sophisticated, yet imposing, the interior is all about high-tech minimalism.
While prices have yet to be confirmed, we expect the production BMW X7 to start at around £70,000 when it arrives in 2018. You can see the charge port on the front, driver's side fender, showing off that this vehicle is, indeed a hybrid.
One aspect that's likely to make it into production is the Concept X7's petrol-electric iPerformance hybrid powertrain. BMW hasn't given exact specs of what this X7 Concept iPerformance has under its hood but will say that it has a TwinPower Turbo petrol engine paired with an electric motor.
BMW will introduce the production version of the X7 in early 2019.