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      12-19-2017, 11:36 AM   #1
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First Uncovered Glimpses of BMW X7 as First Pre-Production Models Roll Off Line

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December 19, 2017.

Munich / Spartanburg.
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.

BMW X7 Pre-Production





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That grill, though. WTF???
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Better than what Audi is doing with the new SQ5!
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Why did they even bother with the camo?
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Seriously...that front end!
I would love to be wrong however
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This why Hall 51 has been closed for Performance Center Deliveries. PC staff told me last week that pre-production of the X7 has begun and camo prototypes has been seen around the Greer area. However, X7 production is dedicated Hall 32, which was part of recent expansion. All pre-production vehicles are crushed once testing is completed and 'official' production begins.

Agree, that grill is awful looking.
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Damn that thing Is ugly. Makes the 3GT and 5GT look good.

This thing won't be taking any sales from Range Rover and Mercedes GLS.
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Wait...so the grill wasn't a joke they were playing on us?
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Lol, exactly.

The M-sport (camo'ed car), seems to have a better integrated front bumper. The regular one has a squared-ish design which make the front of the car look like a brick on wheels.

Other thing that i hate, and have seen on mules for the G20 and 8er aswell, is the gear selector. Why not keep it the way it is, showing the gears in the selector itself, instead of below it in the center console? What is the benefit of this other than making it look like a honda?
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Holy... that grill! I'm gonna reserve judgement for real life viewing but damn
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Why did they even bother with the camo?
With these photos released and no cameras allowed during the PCD factory tours anyway, open up Hall 51 again for PC factory tours, but the new G05 probably is in pre-production status also. Hall 51 is running 6 model lines now (F15, F16, F85, F86, G05, & X7).
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Wait...so the grill wasn't a joke they were playing on us?
Unfortunately, no. They actually plan to build this thing with that grill. Only a pimp could like that thing.
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Hmm... I bet this looks better in person. They might as well reveal the entire SUV. I don't think it looks bad, curious to see it in different photos/ other colors. I wonder if they brought new design language to the interior.
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Seriously...that front end!
I would love to be wrong however
It reminds me of the front end of a modern school bus.
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FUCKING HELL that ugly buck tooth front end made it production.
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Hmm... I bet this looks better in person. They might as well reveal the entire SUV. I don't think it looks bad, curious to see it in different photos/ other colors. I wonder if they brought new design language to the interior.
It seems like it'll look fine save for that stupid kidney grille, which frankly ruins the entire car.
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It's finally rolling off after what 7 years???
They had so much time to revise that front end.
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Please show preproduction models of the M2 competition.

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