BMW X7 SUV CONFIRMED
Entering above the already large X5 and X6 models, the big new X7 will be built at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in the US, alongside many of its smaller ‘X’ stablemates.
The company has yet to offer details on the new model however, describing it only as a fuel-efficient model with outstanding driving performance. (What else would they say? - Ed.)
"I have been asked many times: Why don’t you offer a BMW X model beyond the BMW X5? And today, I’m happy to provide the answer to that question,” BMW boss Dr Norbert Reithofer said.
“We have decided to develop and build a totally new X model - the new BMW X7. I promise this SAV will also be highly fuel efficient while offering outstanding driving performance. It will be a true BMW. "
It is expected that the X7 will offer seating for seven, with six- and eight-cylinder engines to provide motivation.
We could also see the underpinnings of the next-generation 7 Series sedan shared with the X7, along with long-expected Rolls-Royce SUV.
Launch timing for the X7 has not been revealed, although we can likely expect a concept to appear sometime in 2015 or 2016.
Introduction of the X7 will also see the Spartanburg plant upgraded, with annual production capacity increasing from 300,000 to 450,000 units.
"Expansion at the site will create 800 new jobs, bringing the total workforce in Spartanburg to 8,800. It will also make Spartanburg the largest plant in terms of production capacity in our global production network,” Reithofer said.
The Spartanburg plant was opened in 1994, with more than 2.6 million cars rolling off the line in the years since.