It’s rumored that BMW is working on an M-powered X3 crossover with around 450hp that may arrive in 2012. Fans are justifiably excited to see the X3 M getting a body kit with an aggressive chin spoiler and enormous off-road wheels. But for those who can’t wait or only want the wheels and deep chin spoiler but not the added power, AC Schnitzer has something for you.
The tuner got hold of the X3 and made some custom changes to the Bavarian exterior of the compact crossover.
The X3 was given an aerodynamic kit that included a stunning front spoiler, the rear roof spoiler and a protective film for the rear skirt. The X3 could be fitted with either Type VIII forged racing rims in 22-inch or Type VII racing rims in BiColor or silver in 22-inch.
Consumers may also opt for one-piece rims of Type VI (BiColor), Type VIII (BiColor) and Type IV (BiColor or Silver) in sizes 18, 19 or 20 inch. The power for the X3 xDrive20d was enhanced from 184 hp to 218 hp.
AC Schnitzer is trying to come up with a new exhaust for the xDrive30d diesel and the more robust petrol models. AC Schnitzer even crash-tested the front bumper to ensure pedestrian safety. But then, the front of the car doesn’t really hold up well against a cylinder, as shown in the slow motion clip.
The year 2004 saw the world waking up to a new concept: the Sports Activity Vehicle. A class of vehicles that are small yet can surmount any road conditions while also giving top-notch driving dynamics. And the perfect example? The BMW X3.
The first BMW X3 quickly became the fastest selling car for the German luxury automaker for both the European and the United States markets. With more than 600,000 units sold over the course of its lifetime, the BMW X3 paved the way for several competitors and hit a goldmine on a new segment.
So what’s BMW to do? Release the second generation BMW X3, of course! The carmaker improves on the core competencies of the first generation BMW and added in new technologies that made the new BMW X3 the new standard for comfort, efficiency and agility. The new BMW X3 comes out of the company’s Spartanburg, South Carolina facility.
Beautiful on the Outside
The second generation BMW X3 looks very elegant, rugged and agile. It features a forward sloping signature BMW kidney grille that is accented by large headlights. That complements the aggressive looking front apron and the hood, which has six contour lines that sweep down to converge with the kidney grill. All of these give the car a rather bold appearance.
Similar to other BMW SAVs, we can find the triangular pattern of the headlights and fog lamps (all lined with a chrome trim) on the new car. You would also find the LED Corona Rings daytime running lights, another signature element of BMWs. You can also opt for Xenon headlights.
Looking at it from the side, the BMW X3 is reminiscent of the BMW X series with rear overhands, short fronts, and flared wheel arches. You can also discern three characteristic lines flowing through the side profile of the car, along with the familiar upper contour line at the level of the door handles going from the front wheel arch through the back portion. A pair of similar lines appears subtly above the wheel arches.
Horizontal characteristic lines adorn the rear, giving the BMW X3 a more robust appearance. Shadow and light effects are created by the intricately modeled surface and the precise line.
Like the earlier BMW X3, the taillights have that distinguishable T-shape that has become the carmaker’s signature night design.
If you take out a measuring tape, you would find that the new generation BMW X3 is half an inch taller, more than 3 inches longer and a little more than 1 inches wider than the earlier X3. It also has more ground clearance and has a slightly longer wheelbase.
Getting Inside: Get Ready to Say Wow
The BMW X3 has a spacious interior with elements made of top quality materials. It features the carmaker’s signature three-dimensional surface design, making it appear modern and luxurious while also exuding intelligent functionality.
You have an asymmetrical center console in the cockpit, as well as horizontal lines found at the instrument panel that highlights the interior’s width. If you opt to have the navigation system added in, you can find that its central display is seamlessly incorporated into the car’s instrument panel. The BMW X3 also features the biggest on-board monitor for cars of its class, measuring at 8.8 inches. In addition, you would surely love the many storage compartments, cup holders and trays.
Get in and out of your seat easily with the raised seating position that also gives you better outward visibility. Meanwhile, the rear seats are very comfortable and are perfect for long travel distances. Passengers would also have more space to move around, as there is more elbow and legroom in the new X3.
Moreover, the X3 has the biggest luggage compartment that you would find in its class. You can also choose to add in rear seats that have ski pass-through to help you accommodate more luggage or passengers, as the case may be.