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Frankfurt LIVE: BMW Concept X7 iPerformance

by Byron Hurd
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BMW shows the world its biggest crossover yet.

We now have live photos of the concept which BMW says gives strong hints at the design of its upcoming "super-SUV."

If it feels like BMW's full-fledged, three-row SUV effort has been taking its sweet time to materialize, that's because rumors and hints have been trickling out for more than two years at this point. Finally, though, the Bavarians are ready to put their cards on the table.

In keeping with modern global concepts, the X7 iPerformance explores the realm of advanced powertrains. It's not quite as lofty as we had originally expected, however. This concept is merely a plug-in hybrid--a variant which will very likely see production soon after the X7's debut--rather than the hydrogen fuel cell vision that was long rumored.

BMW's concept documentation is actually a bit light on technical details. It does state that the X7 iPerformance is powered by an eDrive plug-in electrified powertrain backed by a TwinPower turbocharged gasoline engine. If this is a direct port of the BMW X5 xDrive40e's powertrain, it produces roughly 300 combined horsepower and 330lb-ft of torque.

We expect to get more details about the X7's engine offerings when it debuts in Frankfurt. For now, we turn our attention to the wrapper. BMW's concept shows off a pleasantly sharp and SUV-like profile which puts and emphasis on practicality rather than sleek, smoothed out style.

It's a welcome look. The three-quarter view is perhaps our favorite. From this angle, the X7 is a lot like how we'd picture cross between a Volvo XC90 and a Jeep Grand Wagoneer (if such a thing were in production). Inside, BMW is promising "state-of-the-art infotainment system brimming with connectivity" along with luxurious appointments surrounding seating for six.

Stay tuned for live photos and more detailed specifications (if available) when the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance makes its formal debut in Frankfurt.

Live photos by Ronan Glon.