In autumn 2011, BMW’s X3 range will expand with the entry of the BMW X3 xDrive20i and the BMW X3 xDrive35d. This new lineup will include three petrol engines and three diesel units, with outputs that range from 184 hp to 313 hp.
The BMW X3 Drive20i is offered on the two new units as the new entry-level model among the petrol variants. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which is lightweight, reaches its peak output of 184 hp at 4,800 rpm.
In addition, a maximum torque of 270 Newton metres is available at 1,250 rpm. The new BMW X3 xDrive20i has been fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox as standard but customers could opt for an eight-speed automatic transmission.
For these two versions, the standard range of BMW EfficientDynamics technology would include the Auto Start-Stop function, which instantly turns off the engine when the car is at a standstill before the traffic lights or stuck in traffic in order to save some of the fuel.
In contrast, the new 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel in the BMW X3 xDrive35d has an output of 313hp at 4,400 rpm, and it has 630 Newton metres on tap from 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. The BMW X3 xDrive35d is fitted with the standard eight-speed automatic transmission including Auto Start-Stop.
For this autumn, special options will be given to the new BMW X3 range, such as the automatic release of the electromechanical parking brake, and the extensive range of mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive. When it comes to interior design, buyers may ask for the trim elements on the instrument panel to be High-gloss Black.
The BMW X3 has a new design that gives us a hint of how agile, rugged and elegant it is. The forward slanting kidney grille and big headlights hog the front, giving the car an aggressive look, while the hood features half a dozen contour lines that sweep down to join the grille for an even bolder appearance. The round headlights and the round fog lamps form the signature triangular shape of the lights that you see on BMW SAVs.
The upper edge of the headlamps is accentuated by chrome trims, helping it look more focused. The typical corona rings that every BMW car is known for also function as daytime running lights. And more than all these, you can opt to have Xenon headlights and give the corona rings a bright white LED-fed glow.
Viewed from the side, the new BMW X3 gives you a one-of-a-kind look that is also somewhat reminiscent of the customary BMW X-Series design. The flared wheel arches and the short overhangs for both the front and the rear give it a more robust appearance, which you could expect from a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. The side profile is highlighted by these characteristic lines: the upper contour line that you see at level of the door handle and that rises up when it comes to the front wheel arch area, which then gently flows to the back of the car. This line is complemented by two more subtle lines that follow the same pattern.
The back of the car is highlighted by horizontal lines that give the BMW X3 the robust look. All of these lines as well as the expressive surfaces combine to give you an astounding light and shadow show. The tail lamps follow a T-shape and are set farther apart. At night, the LED light bars give the car a distinctive signature.
When it comes to measurements, you would appreciate it that the new BMW X3 gives you a lot more. It is 83 millimeters longer, 12 millimeters taller, and 28 millimeters wider than its predecessor. It is also raised 12 millimeters more from the ground. The wheelbase is also 15 millimeters longer, now measuring 2,810 millimeters.
Elegant, functional, and exclusive interiors
The interiors of the BMW X3 have two important concepts: spaciousness and flexibility. All the materials used for the different elements you see in the interiors are of top quality, and three-dimensional is the best word that comes to us when describing the interiors, along with modern and elegant. The instrument panel features horizontal lines that help emphasize the interior's wide stance.
The cockpit has been designed to keep the driver comfortable, and this shows from the asymmetrical center console. The central display is flawlessly integrated with the instrument panel, and this includes the optional navigation system that features the latest BMW iDrive. Check out the 8.8-inch screen, the largest screen for similar vehicles. And what's more, you have varied choices when it comes to storage options: huge storage compartments, cup holders and trays!