BMW X7 Concept Coming Next Month With A Fuel Cell Powertrain

The Frankfurt Motor Show kicks off next month and a new report is indicating BMW will use the event to introduce an X7 concept.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about this particular rumor but BMW Blog is now reporting the concept will feature a fuel cell powertrain.

Nothing is official as of yet but BMW has been working on fuel cell technology for years and recently displayed a 5-Series GT prototype at Hannover Messe. The prototype’s fuel cell converted hydrogen into electricity which feed a 245 PS (180 kW) electric motor.

At the time, BMW said the fuel cell enabled the model to have “emission-free mobility” as well as “everyday usability thanks to fast refueling times and an appetite for covering long distances.”

It remains unclear if the X7 concept will use the same powertrain as the 5-Series GT prototype but BMW’s Klaus Fröhlich has previously suggested fuel cells only make sense in models that slot above the 5-Series.

Regardless of whether or not a fuel cell is offered on the production model, the X7 will go on sale late next year to battle the Mercedes GLS.

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