The BMW X3 xDrive28i is where the new TwinPower Turbo 4–cylinder engine makes its first appearance. This comes after the launch of the N20 engine launched in the Z4, 528i. This new-generation turbocharged engine was built using the dynamic overall theme of BMW Sports Activity Vehicles. To achieve an outstanding performance, the engine provides a lot of power, responsive acceleration, torque and low weight.
Driving pleasure is attained with this new 4-cylinder engine as it offers a significant boost in power. It also offers lower fuel consumption (preliminary) than its predecessor.
The most advanced 2.0-liter engine signifies a comeback to BMW's origins. The creation of these lightweight, high-performance 4-cylinder engines is similar to the debut of the BMW 3 Series Sports Sedan in 1975. The new BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder's displacement of 1,997 cc offers a maximum power of 240 hp / (180 kW) at 5,000 rpm.
But due to twin-scroll turbocharging, the maximum torque of 260 lb-ft is had developed at only 1,250 rpm and continues to be constant up to 4,800 rpm. With these statistics, there’s sure to be a dynamic performance from the BMW X3 xDrive28i, which could accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in only 6.5 seconds (preliminary) on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.
The engine instantly reacts when the driver wants more throttle and the dynamic and nearly linear power delivery from only slightly above idle could continue all the way into the higher rpm range. It is set for an April 2012 production as a 2013 model with delivery to US BMW Centers in May together with the continuing BMW X3 xDrive35i. These two have an MSRP of $37,995 and $43,595 respectively, including $895 of destination and handling charges.
New BMW X3 is certainly pulling off a design that combines elegance and agility with a kick of ruggedness. The forward-slanting BMW kidney grille and enormous headlights combined with an impressive front apron and six-line contoured hood (sweeping all the way down to its headlight) give a certain boldness to the overall look of the BMW X3. A chrome trim accentuates the upper edge of the X3’s headlight assembly which creates a focused design common among BMW vehicles. There are also optional Xenon headlights which when used, illuminate the Corona Rings and daytime running lights with bright white LEDs.
It also has a unique interpretation of the typical BMW X design features such as its powerful flared wheel arches and short front and rear overhangs – both of which emphasize its athletic character as a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. To emphasize the dynamic appearance of its silhouette are three characteristic lines – an upper contour line starts at the door handle level and rises steeply on the front wheel arch area before flowing gently to its rear while the other two lines follow to this contour line above the wheel arches.
Even the rear portion is also characterized by horizontal lines which highlights the “robust character” of the new BMW X3. The lines and expressive modeled surfaces of the new X3 add to the grandeur of the whole package by creating light and shadow effects. Another feature unique to the BMW X3 is its distinct T-shape taillights located far out its rear. Furthermore, LED light bars create a signature BMW night-time design, an additional wow factor to its already appealing look.
In terms of dimension, the new X3 is half-inch (12 mm) taller, 3.36-inches (83 mm) longer, and 1.1-inches (28 mm) wider than its predecessor; and also features more ground clearance (0.5-inches or 12 mm) than the previous model. Moreover, it has a longer wheelbase at 110.6 inches (2,810 mm) or 0.6-inches (15 mm) more.