BMW reportedly considering a new crossover bigger than X5 – Dallas Morning News (blog)

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2014 BMW X5 may get a big brother (BMW USA)

BMW may announce this week that it will build a new crossover vehicle even larger than the current X5 at its plant in South Carolina.

The 2014 X5 is already a substantial mid-size vehicle that weighs about 4,500 pounds.

But says BMW wants to add a full-size crossover with three rows of seating to its lineup.

The X7 has been considered previously over the past two years, but never made it into BMW’s production plans.

However, with the popularity of full-size SUVs growing, BMW may be ready to commit to the big vehicle, said.

The company is hosting an event this week at its plant in Spartanburg, S.C. If BMW does announce the X7, it would probably also have to boost the capacity of the plant to around 400,000 vehicles a year to build it, according to

Although primarily known for its sports sedans, BMW now produces four crossovers at the Spartanburg plant – the X3, X4, X5 and X6.

Analysts say those vehicles generate much of the profit at BMW.

The X7 would give BMW a vehicle to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GL, Audi Q7 and Lexus GX460.

It also could compete with the full-size General Motors SUVs built at the Arlington assembly plant – the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.

GM holds a more than 70 percent share of the full-size SUV segment with those vehicles and they tend to attract affluent, well-educated buyers.

If BMW commits to the X7, it would likely take two to three years to expand the Spartanburg plant, meaning the X7 would probably not reach showrooms until 2017 or 2018, according to Automobile magazine.


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