By Kelsey Mays, Cars.com
BMW announced Friday it will create the just lately unveiled X4 plus an all-new X7 (and eventually the X5 plug-in hybrid) at its Spartanburg, S.C., assembly plant. The German automaker presently builds the X3, X5 and X6 SUVs there.
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The flurry of SUV announcements came with number of other particulars, especially on the new X7, which BMW called “another all-new, bigger X model.” The automaker explained it strategies to develop all X7s in Spartanburg, and will export them from there for income overseas. Autoweek reviews the SUV will seat up to 7 occupants in 3 rows BMW will construct it off an extended-wheelbase model of the lately redesigned X5 platform, which will underpin the next X6 as nicely. The X7 will compete with the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Infiniti QX80 and Cadillac Escalade. Autoweek says it will offer you inline-6 and V-8 engines. It ought to also have a plug-in hybrid drivetrain similar to the a single in the forthcoming X5 plug-in, which BMW previewed in the X5 Notion eDrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Present.
As part of a $ one billion investment more than the up coming 2 many years, the automaker says it will broaden capacity at the 20-yr-outdated plant by 50 percent, to 450,000 complete autos from the present 300,000 a 12 months. BMW buyers here shouldn’;t assume to get all of these, although: The automaker says it exports all around 70 percent of its Spartanburg production each and every yr.