BMW has put the rumors to rest: they will be going ahead with production on the brand-new X7 full-size SUV. The X7 is projected to be a three-row, seven-passenger-or-more über-SUV with probable V6/V8/diesel powertrain options and the brand of style and class indicative of the Ultimate Driving Machine.
Perhaps more exciting than the news that the X7 is coming is the revelation of from whence it shall emerge. Yes, we absolutely just said that. BMW announced at the 20th anniversary celebration for its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant that it will be investing $1 billion into the expansion of the SC assembly in order to accommodate a 50 percent increase in production by 2016. Spartanburg will not only serve as the manufacturer for all current X-vehicles, but it will also serve as the home for the X7 and the X4 Sports Activity Coupe that will debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show.
“The BMW Group strives for a good balance of growth among all markets and continents,” said Harald Krüger, Board of Management member for Production. “The Spartanburg plant is an important building block in our international network of 28 production and assembly facilities in 13 countries today and makes a vital contribution to profitable, globally-balanced growth.”
The expansion will create 800 jobs in Spartanburg and effectively make the plant BMW’s most prolific in the world. In any case, whenever the X7 and X4 are available, you’ll be able to find them right here at JMK BMW.