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News First BMW iX3 Rolls Off Production Line

First BMW iX3 Rolls Off Production Line

First BMW iX3 electric crossover build at China factory

  • First BMW core model EV

  • First to use BMW’s fifth-gen EV tech

 


If you’ve been waiting for a BMW iX3, there’s some good news. Production has started, at least in China, and the first model has left the production line just a few days after assembly started on the 29thy.

The iX3, which BMW calls “the first pure electric model from our core brand” is built in China for sale there and in Europe, though the original plan to sell it in North America has been stopped. Built by joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive, the vehicles will be built at the BBA Plant Dadong in Shenyang.

New to the BBA plant is a “zero defect concept” production quality system that BMW says will help ensure that the iX3 is built to global quality expectations. 128 mechanical tests and 994 software functionality tests will be completed on the high-voltage battery and 140 functional checks will test every aspect of the vehicle.

The iX3 will be built alongside the combustion-engine X3, with which it shares most of its components.

Expected to sell for around €68,000, the iX3 is the first normal-looking full EV from BMW (the first of all being the oddball i3). An 80 kWh battery gives the electric crossover an estimated 462 km range on the WLTP cycle, and the single electric motor puts out 286 hp. The first BMW to use the automaker’s fifth-gen high-voltage battery and drive units, it uses the same electric vehicle technology that will be used in the upcoming i4 sedan and iNext crossover.

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