BMW to build new Munich plant for new X1 by 2022November 19, 2020
In a production-focused statement, the Avar company confirmed that all of its German assembly plants will produce at least one electric vehicle by the end of 2022.
Starting next year, the company will start producing electric cars BMW i4 and iX at its plants in Munich and Dingolfing. The latter plant will also produce electric versions of the next generation 5- and 7-Series.
BMW’s Regensburg plant will begin production of the redesigned X1 in 2022. The crossover will be available with internal combustion engines as well as an electric transmission. In the long term, the Leipzig plant will build a successor to the MINI Countryman starting in 2023. As previously announced, conventional and electric powertrains will be available for the model.
The decision to move Countryman production to Leipzig is interesting, as the company noted that the company “has been producing the iconic BMW i3 electric car since 2013”. This could be a subtle hint that the i3 will be discontinued to make way for the MINI. This information is not officially confirmed, but the i3 was expected to hold out until 2024.
In addition to announcing release dates for future models, BMW said they are “accelerating the transition to electrification and strengthening their global electrified vehicle network.” As part of this effort, they are concentrating European engine production in two locations and investing € 400 million in the construction of a new assembly plant in Munich.
The new facility will manufacture vehicles based on BMW’s next cluster architecture, which will debut in the middle of the next decade. The platform will premiere in a vehicle built at the company’s new plant in Debrecen, Hungary. It will eventually be extended to additional sites, including Munich, and BMW noted that the architecture is “focused on electric trains.”
The Munich plant will be built on a site currently used for engine production. As a result, “internal combustion engines with four, six, eight and 12 cylinders … in the future will be produced at the company’s plants in Steyr in Austria and Hams Hall in the UK.” The company said that engine production will be rescheduled in phases starting no later than 2024.
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