2011 X3 Delayed- A New Spin on it.

We have heard from several sources that the introduction of the 2011 BMW X3 (F25) has been pushed back. The reasons have varied from market conditions, construction delays, contractual obligations and electrical design issues. These reported delays are also impacting the MINI crossover which was said to be introduced last month.

The newest take on the delay according to Automotive News, via Autoweek is that BMW is planning on launching custom ordered cars. Changes can be made up to 5 days before the vehicle is built and this change in the ordering process is the reason for the delay. Having custom ordered my BMWs in the past, I know when the car hits status 112 and you are given a production date you can already make changes up to 5 days before then (My wife ‘s car is an E90 and not an E91 thanks to this handy feature) so I am not so sure as this is a viable reason for the delay.

Another reported benefit of the delay would also be that more than one motor would be offered in the US, coincidentallythis is something we have been reporting on for quite some time now.

The current X3 was launched initially in the US with 2 power plant offerings, so this is nothing new (The 2.5 was very underpowered for a vehicle of its size in the US) unlike the Automotive News reported that the X3 was only offered in the highest output 6.

This is just another take on a well documented delay, could it be the reason? Sure, but to me this is not as plausible as even a simple engine design/certification process. We may never know what the reason for the delay truly is, and next week this delay may not be a delay any longer. In the land of BMW and cars in general things can change at a moments notice and we of course will keep you as up to date as possible.

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  • Chris Brake

    I read an article ran yesterday that BMW NA is planning to launch a less expensive variant of the new X3 as a result of shifting consumer preferences when it comes to making new car purchases, and part of that is spending less money. On the contrary and from what I’ve gathered reading about the new turbo 4 coming to the U.S. is that it is not to create a cheaper barriers to entry level BMW but to replace the base level 6 cylinder model.

  • Natextr

    This dismays me to no end. The wife’s X3 lease is up in February. We would love another one, yet the lease deals are so unfavorable (low residuals and high money factors, both of which are expected with a model that is to be replaced imminently) that to get her exact vehicle again would cost almost 50% more. If I had any information on either the X1 or the X3, I’d sleep much better… Looks like we’re getting an Acura! woo-hoo…

  • roadkill

    I’m sure it’s the new 4 cylinder gas turbo. That engine will also hold off the intro of the new 528i and should be a “killer” engine in the X1.

  • Roadkill- it is a twinscroll turbo setup and is in early stages of testing. I talked with an engineer and said that they are starting to ramp up design on this engine and it will be available worldwide.

    Natextr-Why not an E91 via Euro Delivery or a CPO E61? Both better choices than an RDX. The X1 will not come to the US until 6 months after the X3. This has been BMWNAs plan all along and that will not change. Sources tell us the earliest we will see the X1 is 2011. If we hear anything else we will of course let you know.

    -M

  • Natextr

    Michael-I loved my E91 and covet the E61. However, the wife thinks that she really wants the higher ride-height of an SAV. I am trying to get her to agree to another X3 but on a two-year lease so that we can get modern sooner…