Cars & Technology05 Jan 2018

Pre-production of BMW's newest Sports Activity Vehicle has commenced at the Spartanburg plant, USA. Over the next 12 months, the BMW X7 will undergo various tests under partially extreme conditions ahead of its world premiere.

“We are proud to produce the BMW X7 here in Spartanburg, the home of our X models," said Knudt Flor, head of the BMW Group Spartanburg plant. "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.”

The conspicuous striped patterns – which are fitted at the plant – help to conceal the new SAV’s final look as much as possible

Pre-production models built at the Spartanburg plant are handed over to development department specialists for homologation, registration and diverse testing purposes, such as being put under extreme conditions in the desert regions of Death Valley or on the ice and snow covered slopes of Scandinavia.

In Spartanburg, the BMW Group produces BMW X models for the USA and the global market. Each day, 1,400 BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 models come off the assembly line, with the BMW X7 soon to join the ranks. Since being taken into operation on 8 September 1994, the plant has produced around 3.9 million vehicles.

BMW X7 pre-production models are already using the same assembly line as the current BMW X5 and BMW X6

To date, the BMW Group has invested eight billion US dollars in the production location. And with record production figures of more than 411,000 units in 2016, Spartanburg is currently the BMW Group’s largest plant worldwide.

Find out more about the current BMW X Models here.

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