This is a bit embarrassing.
BMW didn’t have any major car reveals at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Instead, the German automaker used the venue to showcase the X2 SUV and refreshed i8 Coupe and new Roadster, but its major attraction was conspicuously absent at the Bavarian automaker’s stand. According to Automotive News, the BMW X7 iPerformance Concept was supposed to make its Detroit Auto Show debut, but the six-seater SUV was damaged during its journey to the show on a delivery truck. So now we know why it wasn't displayed at the show.
The cause of the accident is unknown, as BMW told the publication that “the SUV was damaged while in transport to Detroit by truck”. BMW had to scrub out the “X” on the stand and put a standard 7-Series sedan in its place instead. This will no doubt be disappointing to many attendants who were eager to see the X7 Concept at the show. It previews BMW’s upcoming flagship X7 SUV, which will be the automaker’s largest, most luxurious and most expensive vehicle ever positioned above the X5 and X6. We’ve yet to see what the production X7 will look like, but the Concept’s futuristic design has had a mixed response, namely because of the overly large kidney grilles adorning its front fascia.
Pre-production models of the X7 have already rolled off the assembly line at BMW’s Spartanburg plant, while leaked documents suggest the xDrive50i model will pack a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 455 hp, which is surprisingly powerful for a non-M powered BMW SUV. Power will be sent to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system. Being BMW’s new flagship, the X7 will also be generously equipped, with optional extras including a panoramic sunroof, five-zone automatic climate control system, rear-seat entertainment, night vision, a head-up display, and a Harman-Kardon sound system. Expect to see BMW’s upcoming Range Rover rival to arrive in showrooms sometime next year.