BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg has launched the production of its X7 Sports Activity Vehicle.
“We are excited to officially add the first-ever BMW X7 to our plant’s portfolio,” said Knudt Flor, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing Co., in a news release. “This is a completely new segment for BMW, and as the center of competence for X models, Plant Spartanburg is well prepared to build the BMW X7 with the highest premium quality that our customers deserve.”
The BMW X7, which made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, is the fifth X-model to be produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County, the release said. It will be built alongside the BMW X5 and X6 on the same assembly line.
The X7 will feature three-row seating with optional second-row captain’s chairs, standard two-axle air suspension, 21-inch alloy wheels, and advanced driver assistance systems.
BMW plans to offer two models: the X7 xDrive40i, which will retail for $73,900, and the X7 xDrive50i, which has a sale price of $92,600.
The German automaker began preparing for the production of the X7 in March 2014 with a $1 billion investment in the Spartanburg plant, according to the release.
The three-year expansion project included the construction of a 1.2 million-square-foot body shop with 2,000 new robots, an expansion of the plant’s X5/X6 assembly hall by 200,000 square feet, and a 100,000-square-foot expansion of logistics.
“The production launch of the BMW X7 marks the climax of a remarkable production year for Plant Spartanburg,” Flor said in the release. “And there’s still more to come, including production of the new BMW X3 M and X4 M next year as well as the BMW X3 and X5 plug-in hybrids.”
Already BMW Group’s largest plant worldwide in terms of volume, BMW Manufacturing Co. is the birthplace of the company’s X3, X4, X5, X6, and X7 models. The plant, which began operations in 1994, represents a nearly $9 billion investment, produces more than 1,400 vehicles per day, and provides jobs to some 10,000 people. It has been the nation’s largest automotive exporter since 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
BMW Group is investing $600 million in the Spartanburg plant from 2018 through 2021 to support manufacturing infrastructure for current and future X models.
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