BMW envisions its three-row X7 as a plug-in hybrid that will break new ground in the premium large SUV segment.
The automaker released details of the six-seat BMW Concept X7 iPerformance on Friday ahead of next week's Frankfurt auto show, where it will be formally unveiled to journalists.
The concept previews the production model that will be built at BMW’s U.S. factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, starting next year.
The X7 is part of BMW's wave of new and redesigned crossovers and SUVs, and it will expand the brand upward and finally give BMW a full-size SUV/crossover to match up against rivals such as the Mercedes GLS.
The X7 is expected to come in six-cylinder and eight-cylinder versions. There has been speculation about a possible 12-cylinder performance version.
For the Concept X7, few details are given about the powertrain other than to say it is a plug-in hybrid featuring a BMW TwinPower turbocharged gasoline engine. It can run with zero local emissions, BMW said.