• Nov 16th 2009 at 4:32PM
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According to BMW of North America's president, Jim O'Donnell, the Roundel crew will delay the launch of the 2011 BMW X3 by six months to establish a new customer ordering program and iron out which engines will be available in the States.

The move will apparently make the customization of the X3 both easier for consumers and less expensive for BMW, which plans to offer models with the top ten options on dealer lots. Production of the X3 will move from Magna Steyr's facility in Austria to the automaker's Spartanburg, S.C. plant, where it will be built along side the X5 and X6.

Traditionally, the X3 would be available with the bigger and more expensive inline-six at launch, but BMW plans to make four engines available at the onset, likely a naturally aspirated inline six, turbocharged six and possibly a diesel four-cylinder and the recently introduced six-pot from the 335d.

The delay means we won't be seeing the redesigned X3 in showrooms until the middle of 2011 -- some six months after BMW's U.S-built cute 'ute goes on sale in Europe. However, BMW plans to allow customers to begin ordering their X3s in October of 2010, so expect to see the revamped crossover unveiled in production (or light "concept" guise) early next year.

[Source: Autoweek]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      How hard is it?
      Use the N56 (naturally aspirated inline6 + valvetronic + direct injection)
      + ZF 8 speed auto

      Let the four cylinders come, if need be, later.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can get the BMW 3 and 5 series sedans in All Wheel Drive, really no reason for the X3.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do the sedans have 8" of ground clearance. Please don't tell us what cars we "don't need". The X3 is the SUV available in the US with decent leg room and a manual transmission. Sometimes tall people drive on dirt roads. It does happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No loss. Like we need another high riding vehicle. I applaud Caddy in the story above this one: A sport wagon that doesn't ride on stilts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, I know -- I own one. I thought the mild attempt at sarcasm would be obvious, but apparently it wasn't. It seemed a bit odd to me that someone who likes sportwagons would applaud Cadillac and criticize BMW.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You tell 'em! It's high time BMW started making wagon variants of its best-selling sedans!

        • 5 Years Ago
        BMW already has wagons for every sedan except the M3 wagon. they are making M5 wagons since a few years ago.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Some of us live in the woods and need cars "on stilts" just to get around.

        If you buy an SUV for suburban use, you're just burning a hole in your pocketbook and the atmosphere at the same time.

        I'm OK with a delay as long as they still offer a manual-tranmission. Stick shifts are becoming SO hard to find anymore.

        I would love to buy an American car, but they have abandoned the stick-shift market.
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