BMW has previously released a completely electric version of the 3 Series LCI G20, but it is only available in China as the long-wheelbase i3 eDrive35L. The iX3 is likewise manufactured there and is only available in a few locations, including the United States. According to a recent Automotive News story, the next-generation sedan and crossover will be built in Mexico and shipped to North America.
According to AN, a person acquainted with BMW’s agenda is aware of the improvements planned for the San Luis Potosi facility. The second-generation iX3 is expected to go into production in the first half of 2027, with the sedan following in the second part of the same year. A spokesman for the German luxury company declined to comment on any possible alterations to the manufacturing schedule when contacted by the outlet.
Only the 2 Series Coupe and gasoline-powered 3 Series Sedan are now manufactured in Mexico, but this will alter in the future. That’s because BMW CEO Oliver Zipse has previously said that some crossover manufacturing would be moved to Mexico at some point. The X3 is expected to be the first X model to go off the manufacturing line, although nothing is official at this time. Given that the factory’s output last year was just 39% of its maximum manufacturing capability, there is undoubtedly potential for expansion.
The M2 G87, which was teased today ahead of an official unveiling in the coming weeks or months, will undoubtedly be the most interesting product to emerge from the San Luis Potosi facility in the near future.
The next-generation 3 Series EV and iX3 will both be built on the Neue Klasse platform, which will be unveiled in 2025 at the forthcoming Debrecen plant in Hungary. According to BMW, after cutting battery prices by almost a third, NE-powered vehicles will be as lucrative as ICE-powered vehicles. A 3 Series-sized EV, either sedan or crossover, will lead the way. Dedicated EVs will also begin rolling off the Munich plant’s manufacturing line in 2026.
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