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BMW X3 - Sports Activity Vehicle
BMW is enlarging the highly successful X-family through the addition of a very dynamic and versatile new vehicle: The new BMW X3 combines the outstanding agility of a typical BMW with the broad range of practical benefits offered by a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The BMW X3 is indeed the first premium vehicle of its kind in the SAV segment below the X5, setting out in the market to conquer roads and tracks the world over.
The X3 combines the characteristic proportions of a Sports Activity with both classic and new BMW design elements. The modern design language with that unique interplay of concave and convex surfaces gives the X3 a youthful, fresh appearance. Numerous characteristic details, particularly the re-interpretation of the classic “Hofmeister kick” in the rear side windows, the newly designed double kidney grille, as well as the front and rear lights underline the unique position of this special model within the BMW range. Long wheelbase with short overhangs and the roof line slowly dropping to the rear accentuate the dynamic character of this Sports Activity even at a standstill. Powerfully bulged wheel arches and the striking front end, finally, give this newcomer a strong character full of self-confidence, emphasizing its superior stance in every situation.
A new dimension in the BMW model range.
The basic facts and figures alone clearly show that this is an all-new, absolutely unique model series: Measuring 4,565 millimetres (197.7´´) in length, the X3 is 87 millimetres (3.4´´) longer than the 3 Series Touring, but almost 30 centimetres (11.8´´) shorter than the new 5 Series Saloon.
And measuring 4,667 mm (183.7´´) from bumper to bumper, the X5, in turn, is clearly the X3’s bigger brother.
We find the same relative figures when considering the wheelbase of the X3 measuring 2,795 millimetres (110.0´´), versus 2,725 millimetres (107.3´´) on the 3 Series Touring and 2,820 millimetres (111.0´´) on the X5. In terms of height, on the other hand, the X3, measuring 1,674 millimetres (65.9´´), is clearly higher than both the 3 Series Touring (1429 mm/ 56.3´´ ) and the 5 Series Saloon (1,468 mm/57.8´´ ), only the X5 leaving an even longer shadow with its height of 1,715 mm (67.5´´). And with only the driver sitting at the wheel, ground clearance of the X3 measuring exactly 201 millimetres (7.91´´) is absolutely sufficient even on rough terrain.
Muscular straight-six power units for sporting performance.
BMW’s straight-six gasoline and diesel engines famous for their supreme refinement and performance ensure dynamic motoring wherever you go. Developing maximum output of 170 kW (231 bhp), the agile X3 3.0i reaches a top speed in standard trim of 210 km/h (130 mph), the optional high-speed set-up available with the Sports Package allowing an even higher top speed of 224 km/h (139 mph). The power unit featured in the X3 2.5i, in turn, develops maximum output of 141 kW (192 bhp).
Revving smoothly even up to high speeds, the 3.0-litre six-cylinder also allows the driver to accelerate quickly and dynamically from 0–100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds. And despite this performance the ultra-modern 3.0-litre gasoline engine outperforming even the strict EU 4 emission standard consumes just 11.4 litres (100 kilometres), equal to 24.8 mpg Imp.
The aficionado of supreme torque will be thrilled in particular by the X3 3.0d, the straight-six turbodiesel with second-generation common rail direct fuel injection only recently upgraded developing maximum output of 150 kW (204 bhp) in the X3, and giving this superior Sports Activity no less than 410 Nm (302 lb-ft) maximum torque. This also provides a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph) increased even further to 218 km/h (135 mph) with BMW’s high-speed set-up. And when it comes to acceleration, the diesel is also an outstanding performer, booming from 0–100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds.
Fuel consumption in the process remains very modest, however, the X3 3.0d requiring just 8.4 litres of diesel for 100 kilometres, equal to 33.6 mpg Imp.
All three engine variants come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and are available as an option with five-speed automatic transmission.