BMW is expanding its SUV range. It’s well-known that, especially in the US market, the demand for crossovers is rapidly growing. Therefore, the Germans will launch two new models during the next years.
Let’s start with the crown jewel, the BMW X7. It will feature two versions: a seven seater and an ultra-luxurious 4 seater. If the regular version is due to production in 2019, there isn’t announced a certain date for the more luxurious variant. Both crossovers will be built on the CLAR platform, borrowed from the 7 Series. More, the engines from the 7 Series will probably equip the X7.
To be ready for the expansive American market, both variants will be built at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. This fact will increase even more the total production of the factory, which already reached a peak in 2015. Before the unveiling moment, it’s probable that BMW will reveal a concept car which will give us a glimpse about the new crossover. An interesting fact is that the X7 won’t share any elements with the first Rolls Royce SUV, the Cullinan.
More, a second BMW crossover, positioned between the X1 and the X3 will be on the market sometime next year. In a logical manner, it should be named BMW X2 and, looking at the current BMW crossover range, it will be the coupe variant of the X1. It will probably share the 2.0 liter diesel and gasoline engines with its brother, while possibly be available exclusive with xDrive system.
Finally, a few words about a more luxurious car, situated above the 7 Series. Though it isn’t yet known if it will be named 8 or 9 Series, the certain fact is that it will come into production. According to Ian Robertson, the BMW sales head, the model is currently in a highly developed stage and could be seen on streets “in a not too distant future”. Could this mean by 2020?