BMW will produce its seven-seat X7 crossover at its Spartanburg site in South Carolina, a person privy with the plans told Automotive News. BMW is set to announce the plan on March 28, said the source. The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, reported that the German carmaker will spend several hundred million dollars to expand the Spartanburg site to build the X7.
BMW had been thought to be mulling a three-bench crossover to fill a void in its crossover lineup. The plant is currently being expanded to produce 350,000 vehicles annually, with an eye to further boost the figure to 400,000, the person told Automotive News.
BMW recently said that it is seeking to raise production capacity at its only plant in the US as it tries to post record global car sales. "The U.S. will stay a market with great potential for us,” chief executive Norbert Reithofer said.
“This is why we are evaluating the possibility of increasing capacity in the U.S." The carmaker had previously said that a “significant economic and product announcement” regarding Spartanburg would be made March 28.
“The event will be to announce significant economic and product news,” BMW spokesman Kenn Sparks said. “Until then, it’s all speculation.” The Spartanburg site produces the X3, X5 and X6 crossovers, around half of which are exported to over 130 countries. The site will commence production of the X4 this year. The source said that most X7s built at the plant will remain in the United States, with starting as early as 2017.