A long-wheelbase X1 is currently built by BMW for the Chinese market
The potential partnership, which is reported to be with Chinese car brand Great Wall, will be BMW’s second. The company already has ties with Brilliance to produce its range of cars, including China-only models, in the country.
Currently, it is a legal requirement for international brands to partner a domestic car maker to produce vehicles in China.
It is believed that the new venture would aim to increase both BMW’s production volumes and its EV share, as China prepares to introduce strict quotas on the percentage of plug-in offerings sold by car makers.
The quotas have been met with calls for leniency, with many car makers believing the targets to be unattainable.