BMW of Australia has confirmed to Financial Post that it is planning to build an SUV in 2021 for export, possibly in the US, following a decision by the US Government to allow the model to be exported.
The news comes after a report last year that BMW of Fairfax had been looking to export a model in the USA.
BMW of Fairfield is expected to be the first manufacturer to export an SUV to the US after a deal was signed with the company last year, but the details of the project have not been made public.BMW said it would build an all-electric vehicle in 2021 with a range of around 150 kilometres.
It will also supply an all electric vehicle for the export market.
The company is set to produce a battery electric vehicle, a petrol and diesel hybrid vehicle and a battery storage system for the future.
The announcement comes after it was revealed in February that BMW had been working on an all wheel drive model for export.BMWs plan to build the all-wheel drive SUV in the UK.
“BMW is currently in the final stages of a full scale vehicle development plan and is committed to building the world’s first all-automotive all-wheeled vehicle for export,” a BMW spokesman said.
BMWs announcement comes just days after the company was forced to withdraw its plans to build a new petrol engine for the Model 3 sedan.
Tesla announced last month that it would not build a car with a gasoline engine for its Model 3, instead opting to focus on the Model S sedan.