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X3 - E83 (2003 - 2006) - Space and functionality

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Lots of space and superior functions.
The X3 offers truly ample space behind the tailgate opening up to a steep angle for easy access, allowing convenient accommodation of all kinds of luggage and sports equipment such as several mountain bikes: Depending on the arrangement of the seats, luggage space is up to 1,560 litres or almost
55 cubic feet.
Numerous additional storage compartments and boxes round off the superior functionality of the X3 with a service load, depending on the engine, of up
to 500 kilos (1,100 lb). Unladen weight is between 1,740 kg/3,837 lb (X3 2.5i) and 1,850 kg/4,079 lb (X3 3.0d). And if you wish to take along even heavier
and bulkier sports equipment or any other kind of trailer, the optional towing hook on the X3 2.5 is homologated for trailers weighing up to 1,800 kg
(3,969 lb), the two three-litre models even being able to tow 2,000 kg
(4,410 lb) on a trailer equipped with brakes.
Regardless of the weight towed, BMW’s unique trailer stability control ensures safe driving conditions with, say, a boat trailer or other trailers of any kind.
This extension of the DSC suspension control system is standard, just like HDC Hill Descent Control for taking downhill gradients safely even on loose ground.
In the process of developing the X3, BMW’s engineers have naturally given particular significance to active and passive safety. Right from the start,
the remarkable configuration and design principle of a BMW Sports Activity, with the front drive shaft running through the oil sump, has given the X3
a very low centre of gravity, reducing body sway in the process. With its intelligent distribution of power, xDrive keeps the X3 very stable and secure even in fast bends, generally avoiding critical situations from the beginning. And should such a situation arise nevertheless, DSC suspension control featured as standard intervenes immediately to restore the stability of the X3.
Yet a further feature fitted as standard on the X3 is the Tyre Pressure Indicator (TPI) constantly comparing wheel speed in order to monitor air pressure in
the tyres and giving the driver both an optical and an acoustic warning in the event of any loss of pressure.

Additional highlights: panorama roof and Adaptive Headlights.
The BMW X3 comes with a very wide range of optional features, two particular highlights being the new, large panorama roof and BMW’s innovative ALC Adaptive Headlights.
The two-piece panorama roof extends almost completely throughout the entire roof area of the X3, covering a glass area of 0.65 square metres. And the driver is able to open up the roof completely simply at the touch of a button.
Adaptive Headlights, in turn, improve the driver’s visibility in the dark by swivelling to the side in an infinite adjustment process geared to the steering angle of the vehicle. This adjusts the two bi- xenon headlight units as
required as a function of the steering angle, yaw rate and road speed, thus illuminating bends ahead of the driver clearly and brightly.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 April 2010 14:39  

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