• BMW X7 Goes into Production, First Teasers Released

Official launch planned for late 2018

If you were hoping to see the upcoming BMW X7 in the metal at the Detroit Auto Show in January or the Geneva Motor Show in March, it’s time you change your plans because the large SUV won’t be unveiled until late 2018. The news comes from BMW, which just announced that the first pre-production models have entered the production phase at the Spartanburg plant in the U.S. with twelve months of testing to follow.

BMW X7 Goes into Production, First Teasers Released
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The official presentation is scheduled for "the end of 2018"

The official presentation is scheduled for "the end of 2018," but BMW didn’t say whether this will happen at an auto show or sometime between two major events. The end of 2018 could very well mean a December unveiling with a public debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. On the other hand, BMW could eventually decide to show the X7 at the Paris Motor Show in October or the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

BMW’s announcement also comes with a few photos from inside the factory, but the SUV is wearing camouflage in all but one of them. The only picture that shows the X7 without camo only unveils the headlamp design and part of the front grille and bumper. And there isn’t much to say beyond that the grille will be massive and that the headlamps are very sleek for such a big SUV. But these details aren’t exactly new, as they are visible through the camouflage as well. And we’ve seen plenty of camouflaged X7s in recent months.

BMW X7 Goes into Production, First Teasers Released
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The vehicle will undergo various tests under partially extreme conditions

BMW also said that the vehicle would undergo various tests under partially extreme conditions, which will include the desert regions of Death Valley and the ice and snow-covered slopes of Scandinavia.

As a brief reminder, the X7 will slot above the X5 and X6 in the lineup and will become the company’s biggest SUV yet. The U.S.-built SUV will compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Cadillac Escalade, and the Lincoln Navigator. The X7 is supposed to look like a larger X5, and all spy shots and photos of camouflaged vehicles suggest that this will be the case. However, the X7 will get a few unique styling cues. Inside, BMW will aim to make the X7 the most luxurious Bimmer yet. After all, it’s supposed to compete with the Escalade. The design might be based on the 7 Series, but it should also include features similar to those seen in the X5. Expect it to include the company’s latest technology. The engine lineup should include the 4.4-liter V-8, the 3.0-liter inline-six, and maybe even a six-cylinder diesel. Pricing should start from around $70,000.



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Production of the first pre-production models of the new BMW X7 Sports Activity Vehicle has commenced at the BMW Group Spartanburg plant, USA. So the countdown has started for the final twelve months leading up to the presentation of the production car at the end of 2018. Prior to this, the vehicle will undergo various tests under partially extreme conditions.

Knudt Flor, head of the BMW Group Spartanburg plant: “We are proud to produce the BMW X7 here in Spartanburg, the home of our X models. This is a very special vehicle and our employees are looking forward to yet a further member of the X family. Together with the BMW X7, a total of five BMW X models will be exported from Spartanburg to all four corners of the globe.”

Camouflage wrap conceals final look.
At the plant, the production of pre-series models serves to secure and optimise future series production. Consequently, BMW X7 pre-production models already use the same assembly line as the BMW X5 and BMW X6 production models. An especially trained team realises the series production process for new vehicle models at the plant and qualifies employees for future series production.

The pre-production models built at the BMW Group Spartanburg plant are handed over to development department specialists, who require them for homologation, registration as well as for diverse testing purposes such as endurance tests and test drives under extreme conditions in the desert regions of Death Valley or on the ice and snow covered slopes of Scandinavia.

The pre-production model is fitted with its camouflage wrap while still at the plant. The conspicuous striped patterns are designed to help conceal the new SAV’s final look as far as possible.

Fifth series from the BMW Group Spartanburg plant.
In Spartanburg, the BMW Group produces BMW X models for the USA and the global market.
With record production figures of more than 411,000 units in 2016, Spartanburg is currently the BMW Group’s largest plant worldwide. Around 70 percent of the vehicles produced in Spartanburg are exported to 140 countries throughout the world. According to the US Ministry of Trade, the BMW Group is therefore the largest vehicle exporter in the USA measured in export value. Maximum annual production capacity stands at around 450,000 vehicles.

The BMW Group Spartanburg plant employs more than 9,000 people; a further 1,000 jobs are to be added by the year 2021. Each day, 1,400 BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 models come off the assembly line at the Spartanburg plant; these will be complemented by a fifth series, the BMW X7, for which the Spartanburg plant is currently preparing.

To date, the BMW Group has invested eight billion US dollars in the production location and has built around 3.9 million vehicles since being taken into operation on 8 September 1994.

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