Meet the Concept X7 iPerformance, the flagship SUV of the brand.

Now at a first glance, the X7 may not look any different from a typical SUV, but this was one of the most futuristic concepts at the show. As you would expect from a BMW, the company calls the Concept X7 a Sports Activity Vehicle. And as the flagship, the X7 will be a combination of luxury and performance.

Everything in the concept shouts revolutionary. The concept gets an electric hybrid power train that BMW has named eDrive. A twin-turbo gasoline engine is mated to the hybrid electric drive system that not only excels at driving performance but also reduced emissions. In fact, the production X7 will be capable of driving in an electric-only mode where no pollutants will be produced. In fact, the concept doesn’t even have exhaust openings at the back and that is saying something.

Another thing you notice about the X7 is the sheer size of the vehicle. This thing will rival the biggest SUVs on the road today and adding to that imposing stance is the vertical appearance all around. Up front, the huge kidney grille with vertical slats sets the tone while large air dams in the bumper with their vertical cut chrome element complete the front look. On the sides, the vertical treatment continues with a similar tall chromed-out design element incorporating an air vent makes an appearance. The chrome accentuates the classy appeal as the strip runs along the length of the wheelbase and ends in a complementary taper on the rear bumper.

The eagle eyed fans will notice the hidden door handles – a detail we hope makes it to the production model. The window line gives the X7 an airy appearance and the interiors corroborate the fact. The X7 features a glass ceiling with a Y-shaped support structure and thin A-pillars make for a greenhouse with great all-round visibility. It’ll be interesting to see if this reaches the production line.

On the inside, BMW have used a minimalist approach to luxury. The clean lines and luxurious surfacing makes the cabin a nice place to be in. BMW’s driver focused centre console hasn’t been forgotten, and the concept keeps the clutter to a minimum. As you’d expect from a flagship model these days, there’s a big 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a central touchscreen information display. The second row passengers haven’t been forgotten. There are personalized infotainment touchscreens that will also allow the users to stay connected while on the move.

The X7 will also be practical since it will be a seven seater. The company will give it all the luxury bells and whistles that you can think of. Think of it as a Rolls-Royce of SUVs. So when is it out? We’re guessing late 2018.