Frankfurt — BMW CEO Harald Krueger has high expectations for the new X7. "We are targeting to be the No. 1 in our [large luxury SUV] segment," he said. "Mercedes was quite a long time alone in that segment. And I like the competition that we bring."
The three-row BMW Concept X7 iPerformance, unveiled in Frankfurt, teases the production X7 that will go on sale in the U.S. in early 2019.
The Concept X7 is a plug-in hybrid featuring a BMW TwinPower turbocharged gasoline engine. The production X7 will be offered as a plug-in hybrid, said Hildegard Wortmann, senior vice president of brand BMW, plus six- and eight-cylinder versions. A 12-cylinder performance version is rumored.
The Concept X7's attention-hogging front end, with an extra-tall vertical kidney grille, could be toned down in the production version.