BMW is making what it calls a smooth transition into the generation of the bestselling BMW X3. The end of production for the first generation, which began in 2004, was celebrated at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria yesterday, while production of the new X3, codenamed F25, begins today at the BMW Spartanburg plant in South Carolina.
The new BMW X3 is a continuation of the first SAV in its class. With enhanced agility, improved driving comfort, more space than its competitors and innovative equipment options, it should strengthen the X3's market position.
Within the last seven years, the first-generation X3 was an extraordinary success story. In Graz alone, 605,498 units came off the assembly line. Together with the vehicles produced within the framework of the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) assembly in Russia, Egypt and Thailand, the total figure adds up to 614,824 units. The market segment established by the X3 is now served by other vehicle manufacturers, so the new X3 faces intense competition. As a result, the X3's choice of engines boast the best performance, fuel consumption and emissions levels. The entirely newly suspension technology facilitates a clear advantage in terms of agility and comfort. With a loading capacity that can be increased from 550 to 1600 liters and 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat, the F25 offers the largest amount of space and the most flexibility in its segment. Moreover, there are driver assistance systems and mobility services by BMW ConnectedDrive that are unique within the sector. For example, the new X3 is the only model in its class to offer the options of a Head-Up Display and internet access in certain markets.
With the model change, the production of the X3 has been relocated to the BMW Spartanburg plant that produces BMW X5 and X6 models. Thanks to substantial extension work and an investment of around $750 million, the new BMW X3 and the associated increase in its production capacity to around 200,000 vehicles have been created at Spartanburg.
The collaboration between the BMW Group and Magna Steyr lives on with the framework of the new production structures. In the meantime, production of the Mini Countryman has started in Graz.
The photos provided by BMW show the exterior differences between the first and second generation X3 models, with the new car getting a more pronounced hood, waistline and bumpers.