BMW could be just hours from announcing a new addition to its growing SUV family, this time in the form of the big X7.
According to industry paper Automotive News, BMW will reveal plans this weekend to build a new seven-seat SUV at its Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA.
Citing an unnamed BMW source, the report claims that BMW will spend “several hundred million” dollars to expand the plant for X7 production, alongside the existing X3, X5 and X6 lines.
The coming X4 ‘sports active coupe’ is also scheduled to be built at the Spartanburg plant.
Details for the X7 have not been confirmed, but reports suggest it will be a large seven-seat model developed to sit at the head of the ‘X’ SUV range.
The report adds that production will begin sometime in 2017, suggesting the X7 could first debut as a concept over the next year.
Speaking with the paper, BMW spokesman Kenn Sparks declined to comment on the specifics of the announcement.
“The event will be to announce significant economic and product news,” he said. “Until then, it’s all speculation.”
But, while the Rolls would undoubtedly share its platform with the X7, its powertrain options would likely focus on a 12-cylinder mill, while the BMW would get six- and eight-cylinder units.
Pictured top of article: an official illustration of the X5 SUV.
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