The first-ever BMW iX3 is ready to start series production and will commence later this year in the Plant Dadong in Shenyang, China. As part of the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture (BBA), this will be the first of many all-electric vehicles, with the production of the  BMW i4 and BMW iNEXT models coming soon after.

“We are right on schedule with our BMW iX3 pre-production vehicles and will launch standard production in late summer, using state-of-the-art technologies such as custom installation of the new high-voltage battery and artificial intelligence for monitoring parts,” explained Robert Küssel, BBA Plant Director Dadong.

BMW iX3 cars in production


The Plant Dadong in Shenyang has been building BMW iX3 pre-production vehicles since the middle of 2019, with the 200th pre-production model recently coming off the assembly line. With the purpose of testing the iX3 on Chinese roads, this has allowed development and test engineers to make final adjustments. More than 340 hours of testing, including over 4780 miles of test drives, had to be completed within four weeks.

“This is the first time we have completed the entire homologation process for a fully electric model in China and Europe at the same time. The staff on our testing team mastered this unique challenge with tremendous dedication and efficiency,” said Arno Keller, Head of Development BMW iX3.

BMW iX3 front profile while driving


The BMW iX3 comes with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, including a new and enhanced drive unit that combines the electric engine, power electronics and transmission into one efficient central housing. What’s more, the electric motor no longer requires the use of rare earths. And with a range of around 282 miles*, the BMW iX3 is also paving the way for future BMW eDrive models, which will include the BMW i4 and BMW iNEXT from 2021.

Take a closer look at the first-ever BMW iX3.


*Subject to driving conditions: the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. They were obtained after the battery had been fully charged.

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