In the name of speeding up its national production, the BMW Group has just confirmed the production of the new 3 Series and the new generation X1, recently presented in Europe, at the brand’s unit in Araquari, Santa Catarina. Both models had international engineering development supported by a team in the Brazilian division.
“We will continue to focus on customers to nationalize the global development and local production of market leading models. With a 50% share in the segment in June, we anticipated an announcement to thank customers for their patronage and appreciate the nearly 1,000 employees we have in the country. The 3 Series and X1 have more than 25% of the total premium car market in the country”, says Aksel Krieger, CEO and President of BMW Group Brazil.
The new 3 series maintains the 2.0 turbo engines of 184 horsepower and 30.6 kgfm torque for the 320i versions, the 3.0 turbo six cylinder of 387 horsepower and 50.9 kgfm for the M340i xDrive and the 2.0 plug-in 18 horsepower. 30.6 kgfm, all mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear or all-wheel drive, depending on configuration. In the presentation of the two new models to be produced in Brazil, BMW did not develop “strength training” of the X1 SUV versions. At the world launch, the SUV had a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, always connected to a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with two clutches as standard, and two standard power variants with mild 48V hybrid technology. .