BMW X7 SUV confirmed, will be built at Spartanburg factory in South Carolina

BMW has announced plans to expand capacity at its U.S. plant in South Spartanburg, South Carolina. An investment of one billion U.S. dollars by 2016 will increase production capacity to 450,000 vehicles from 300,000 currently. The expansion will create also 800 new jobs.

Currently the plant produces X3, X5, X5 M, X6, X6 M and since friday also the more compact X4. The biggest news part of this announcement is the confirmation that the plant will also build an all-new X7 – the larger X model, going against Mercedes GL and Land Rover Range Rover.

Chairman of the Board, Norbert Reithofer said: “With the BMW X7, we are developing another, larger X model, which we will produce at our U.S. plant for our world markets – once again underscoring our commitment to the U.S.”

Details about the X7 are very limited, but it is expected to ride on a modified platform of the next-generation 7 Series, which will arrive next year.

The new 7 Series platform uses both aluminium and carbon fibre elements, making it way lighter than the outgoing model.

The confirmation of the X7 also makes it very possible that a Rolls-Royce badged SUV could arrive on the same platform soon after.

The X7 is expected to arrive in 2018 with prices starting from around £70,000.

Note: pictured above is the new X5.


RELATED POSTS

Zenos E10 debuts at Autosport International, priced from £24,995
2014 BMW X3 facelift revealed, priced from £30,990
2016 Jaguar SUV/Crossover mule spied with a modified Range Rover Evoque body
Mercedes Concept Coupe SUV revealed
Volkswagen Transporter Sportline 60 special edition celebrates 60 years of the Transporter in the UK
Some useful driving safety tips
The only RHD Koenigsegg One:1 pictured in final stages of production
What to look for in a used car
Petrol head's survival kit (infographic)
Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration teased ahead of Beijing Auto Show
Winter fun: British snowboarder breaks Guinness World Record for fastest speed on a snowboard towed ...
Factors to Consider Before Purchasing a Luxury Caravan
Tags: , ,