Official: 2011 Bmw X3 goes into production

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 3, 2010

Earlier this week, Magna Steyr's line in Austria built a red xDrive35d example of the last current-generation X3. Hours later, the first 2011 model rolled off the line in BMW’s own production facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Just a few months ago, BMW launched its all-new 2011 X3 crossover and it had recently gone into production.

Sales will begin this fall. With the launching of the 2011 X3, BMW relocated production of the small crossover from Magna Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria, to its own production facility in Spartanburg.

With the inclusion of X3 production in the Spartanburg plant, this means that three of the four BMW X SUVs will be produced in the US.

Since the South Carolina plant already builds the X5 and X6, BMW calls it the “expertise center for the BMW X models." The new X3 is significantly improved from the old model.

The new model no longer has a harsh crossover with a boring interior. The vehicle is based on the current-generation E90 3 Series, and has increased in size to give way to the X1, a smaller sibling.

At the start, the X3 will be available with two versions of BMW's 3.0-liter I-6, the normally aspirated N52 and single-turbo N55. There are reports that a hybrid is coming.

To meet future CAFE regulations, it’s possible that there will be other future powertrain additions, including small four-cylinder and diesel engines. In the US, the sole transmission is ZF's eight-speed automatic, which is seen prominently in BMW's lineup. The 2011 X3 will arrive at BMW dealerships throughout the country this fall.

Press Release

BMW Manufacturing announces production of the New BMW X3

BMW Manufacturing announced today that production of the new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle got underway at the South Carolina plant.

In early 2008, BMW Group announced that it would invest $750 million in the South Carolina plant, its largest investment in South Carolina to date. This commitment paved the way for construction of a new Assembly Hall built exclusively to produce the BMW X3 along with a significant expansion to the existing Paint Shop. This 1.5 million square foot addition increases the plant’s total footprint to over 4.0 million square feet.

“The launch of the new X3 will mark a historic moment for this plant. I am confident that the BMW X3 is once again going to make our plant a leader in the Sports Activity segment,” stated Josef Kerscher, President, BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg.

Within the last 7 years, the first-generation BMW X3 has been an extraordinary success story for the BMW Group. The BMW X3 began production in 2004. After production of over 600,000 units, the last vehicle of the first model generation, a Vermilion red metallic BMW X3 xDrive35d, came off the line in Austria yesterday.

With the model change, production of the X3 was relocated to the South Carolina plant based on existing manufacturing proficiency of the BMW X5 and X6 models. The US plant has become the expertise center for the BMW X Models. The addition of the third model to the plant’s vehicle mix has created several hundred new jobs and increased BMW’s total investment in South Carolina to $4.6 billion since 1992.

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