CARS.COM — Following the market trend, loads of new and redesigned SUVs flooded the stage at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, and BMW represented in concept form. What’s bigger than the automaker’s largest SUV, the X5? Naturally that’d be the X7. BMW already announced plans to build an X7, and the concept version at the show signals the automaker is one step closer.
The Concept X7 iPerformance is a three-row plug-in hybrid SUV that looks a lot like the X5 in shape, but wears a much more stylized and futuristic face. It sports a larger, edgier version of the brand’s signature twin-kidney grille, along with slicing headlights. The grille is flanked by tall and narrow air vents, which pass air over the front wheels and then out openings on the other side.
Not much was announced in terms of powertrain, but the concept version is a plug-in electric hybrid pairing a twin-turbocharged engine with an electric motor. How much of the concept will make it to the production version? That’s unclear, but given BMW’s aggressive electrification plans, and that it’s already announced the production version will be manufactured in Spartanburg, S.C., in 2018, we’ll soon find out.
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