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Fresh Power for the Achiever: The new BMW X3
Source: BMW Group

Offering a unique combination of agility and versatility, the new BMW X3 is continuing its predecessor’s unique story of success. Powerful new engines, fresh design and a sophisticated interior make BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) already widely lauded for its outstanding agility and driving dynamics even more attractive than before.
With its wide range of features and new technologies, the new BMW X3 has everything it takes to further expand its exceptional position as a premium offer in its segment. Specific modifications at the front, rear and side give the new BMW X3 even more dynamic character, while the interior is dominated by particularly sophisticated materials, flowing lines, and stylish colour schemes.
Additional driving dynamics on country roads, in city traffic and off the beaten track is guaranteed by new power units delivering their muscle smoothly to the road by way of BMW xDrive permanent all-wheel drive with variable power distribution.
The top engine featured in the new BMW X3 is the second generation of the world’s most sporting and dynamic diesel: The newly developed 3.0-litre straight-six featured in the BMW X3 3.0sd boasts Variable Twin Turbo (VTT) technology for maximum output of 210 kW/286 hp (10 kW/14 hp more than on the first-generation VTT diesel) and peak torque of 580 Newton-metres or 427 lb-ft (+ 20Nm).


The new BMW X3 also features BMW’s new generation of straight-six petrol engines displacing 3.0 and, respectively, 2.5 litres. Boasting a composite magnesium/aluminium crankcase, VALVETRONIC and bi- VANOS, these engines deliver maximum output of 200 kW/272 hp (+ 30 kW/41 hp over the previous engine) and, respectively, 160 kW/218 hp (+ 19 kW/26 hp).
Even more effective and faster interaction of BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive with DSC Dynamic Stability Control and engine management is ensured on all engine variants by Integrated Chassis Managements (ICM) with its optimised computer technology.

Dynamic performance borne out by powerful design.
New design and body features at the front and rear of the BMW X3 provide an even more intense expression of the vehicle’s striking and dynamic looks. Both front and rear, the bumpers are clearly separated into two levels and are finished largely in body colour, again emphasising the sophisticated and sporting but elegant appearance of the new BMW X3. Only the protection elements particularly exposed to impacts are made of robust plastic.
A particular feature of all BMW X models is their so-called “six-eye face” – and on the new BMW X3 this very special face is characterised by new dual circular headlights with their light sources and reflectors housed beneath a clear glass cover. This look is further enhanced by foglamps arranged on one line extending diagonally to the outside from the main headlights to the wheels. Again, this particular configuration supports the impression of a dynamic vehicle crouching powerfully on the road, and is further enhanced by the painted front air dam beneath the outer bumper.
Having grown in size and featuring grid rods varying in colour depending on the model variant, the BMW kidney grille is a particularly outstanding highlight bound to catch the eye.


New rear light clusters with clear glass covers on LED-fed horizontal light rods ensure powerful and striking night design, while also giving the new BMW X3 a clear sign of distinction during the day. Another characteristic factor is the horizontal lines stretching out in a dominating look from the tailgate all the way down to the bumper and accentuating the powerful stance of the new BMW X3 also from this angle.
Viewed from the side, the BMW X3 stands out clearly through its discreet wedge shape further enhanced by the lower character line. This specific contour line is taken up in the lower side area of the front and rear air dams, giving further emphasis to the sleek, stretched and dynamic look of the vehicle.

Top-quality materials and refined design in the interior.
The harmonious lines of the new BMW X3 extend smoothly into and within the interior, with a gentle flow of shapes and transitions from one section to the other. The high level of quality applied in choosing and finishing all materials comes out clearly and tangibly in all details, superior function and refined design providing a perfect match.
The instrument panel is characterised above all by new decorative trim taking up the colour and materials of the trim on the centre console. Galvanised metal on the door handles and controls, exclusive leather and cloth options, harmonious colour schemes and patterns in the roof lining, as well as high-quality synthetic surfaces with a classy grain finish reflect the character of the interior both sophisticated and elegant all in one.
New three-spoke steering wheels and generous storage boxes integrated in the door linings further enhance the supreme impression of high quality.
A choice of no less than four levels of equipment, ten paintwork colours, six interior colours, and five trim options gives the customer absolute freedom in personalising his or her new BMW X3. And last but not least, the material chosen for the seat upholstery is also used consistently on the centre console, the armrests and in the door linings.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 14:38  

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