BMW To Bring X7 SUV To Spartanburg
March 25th, 2014 9:15 AM Share
BMW’s Spartanburg, S.C. plant, home of the X Series, will soon have a new member joining the family, in the form of the X7 fullsize SUV.
Automotive News reports BMW will announce the X7’s arrival later this week, and will spend heavily to prepare the plant for production of the three-row, seven-seat vehicle in a bid to chase a global sales record for themselves, with output expected to increase to 400,000 units annually from the current increase of 350,000 per year.
Though BMW remains mum, the majority of X7s are expected to remain in the United States, with production starting as soon as 2017. Meanwhile, the new X4 will go into production this year.
Published March 25th, 2014 8:50 AM
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They will sell a billion of them. I can't believe they were so stupid as to not have an X7 all this time. They lost so much money in the interim. The lost a ton of money not selling an X7 or an M7, all the while selling redundant models of the same car.
Another Bimmer to be made in USA... Never the same...
Back in 2010, I was invited to a BMW //M Power Tour demo. All of the //M cars were available for a 25 minute spin. I took out the M3 and am still scarred by the event. I drove the MX - 5. The head of M Power US was there, and gave an intro to the cars. When he got to the MX 5, he was quite clear that "our owners tend to have several cars. We noted many of them had another brand sport truck, and decided that there was no reason we should lose the sale". He also noted the MX 5 had to hit all the numbers the M3 hit, which explained the ram air v8 and garbage can lid sized brake discs. I still dream of that eggplant purple M3, stick, with the nannies turned off.
This looks ok. They needed something bigger in the lineup. Not a big fan of the gt/x6 esque sloped back though. I wish they had gone with the x5 flat back. My parents would be really into this car.