Bmw X3 gets the five-star rating at the Euro NCAP crash tests

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 31, 2011

It took the new BMX X3 just a few months to become a success at the vehicle markets around the world. BMW is attributing its achievements to its segment-leading dynamic flexibility and handling. Moreover, its commendable position on the safety aspect has now been substantiated by the leading crash test program in Europe.

Specifically, the model has obtained the five-star rating -- the highest grade -- in the latest crash test by Euro NCAP.

Thanks to the comprehensive array of standard safety features as well as effective occupant protection in different collision types, this second-generation sports activity vehicle earned its high marks during the test for new vehicles. With the high Euro NCAP crash test rating, the safety concept made for the BMW X models is undeniably of high caliber.

The new BMW X3 features a very stable body structure. During a collision, the forces put forth on the vehicle are deflected along precisely defined load paths.

These forces are also absorbed by big deformation zones. As a result, the passenger cell executes its role as a survival space even in serious collisions.

Among the standard safety equipment in this new vehicle are the side, front and curtain head airbags that protect anyone in the vehicle from injury. Belt force limiters and belt latch tensioners for the front seats are also available as standard, as well as the ISOFIX systems in the rear for attaching child seats.

The vehicle also features an option to deactivate the front passenger airbag. The central safety electronics controls the restraint systems, taking into account the type and severity of an accident in order to set off the most effective protective procedures in each situation.

When it comes to dimensions, the new BMW X3 is bigger in every way when compared to the model before. It is 3.36 inches (83 millimeters) longer and wider by 1.1-inches (28 millimeters). Height-wise, it is taller by 0.5 inch (12 millimeters) giving it a bit of ground clearance. Meanwhile the wheelbase measures 110.6 inches (2,810 millimeters), making it longer by 0.6 inch (15 millimeters). Overall, the design of the X3 is one that displays agility, roughness, and elegance.

Starting from the rear, it is distinguished by the horizontal sides which highlight this car’s strong personality. The use of the dramatic modeled surfaces mixed with the detailed lines results in an appealing interplay between shadow and light. Just on the edges are the taillights, which carry a unique T-shape, the distinctive feature of the X3. By having the LED light bars on the rear portion, it gives the X3 that signature night-time design this brand is known for. Going to the front, the kidney grille is slanted a bit forward and the headlight assembly is made larger.

Its hood has those six contour lines that narrow down to the kidney grille with the front apron now having a more powerful look. When combined, all of these result in the X3 having that strong presence. The front has those trademark Corona Rings which are lit so they also work as daytime running lights. When the optional Xenon headlights are availed, it gives these two, the daytime running lights and Corona Rings, more light through the white LEDs. Still on the front end, the round fog lamps when mixed with the round twin headlights give out a triangular light pattern that is comparable to the BMW SAV design.

The top part of the headlight assembly is highlighted with a chrome trim, making it carry the focused design as expected from a BMW vehicle. Viewed on its side, the X3 displays a new interpretation of the design features usually attributed to the BMW X. Just how tough this Sports Activity Vehicle can be is hinted by the short overhangs on the front and the rear plus the strongly-flared wheel arches. That the car does have a dynamic look is stressed even further by the use of three character lines.

There is of course the standard upper contour line which starts at the door handle and then goes up slowly towards the region of the wheel arch and then slowly moves to the rear. Following this contour and placed just on top of the wheel arches are the two extra lines, albeit in a more subtle manner.

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