BERLIN (AP) BMW says its latest model is a hybrid sports car.
The company says the X3 sports car, which launched in January, is the most technologically advanced in its lineup.
Its predecessor, the X1, had a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-four engine and a 730-horsepower V8.
The X3 has a six-speed manual transmission and a rear-wheel drive configuration, a far cry from the sports car’s narrow seating configuration.
BMW says the hybrid is lighter than a traditional sports car and offers an optional roof rack and a high-performance exhaust system.
BMW is building the new plant in Tuscany, near the border with Italy, which employs about 1,000 people.
The new X3 will go on sale in 2019.
The brand says the car will offer better fuel economy than the X4, which has a 6.3-liter V8 and a 1,400-horse powertrain.
The model also features a five-speaker audio system.
The car is expected to be the most fuel efficient car in its class.