BMW tells me that their new X3 will add a new dimension to the pleasure of driving a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV ) of this class. It arrives here later this year.
The German premium carmaker claims more significantly than ever, that it establishes benchmarks in agility and efficiency, whilst at the same time convincing through noticeably increased driving comfort.
The design of the new BMW X3 combines the typical BMW X character with a dynamically stretched silhouette. They say that thanks to a generous amount of space and a high degree of variability in the interior, it is possible to adapt travel comfort as well as transportation capacities to suit each personal requirement. The new X3 SAV comes with innovative suspension technology and also claims to have optimised functionality with the new X3.
Their four-wheel drive xDrive technology optimises traction, but BMW say the new X3 has also been specifically harmonised to ensure enhanced driving dynamics. The new model offers state-of-the-art qualities with uncompromising diversity, combining, what BMW say is both driving pleasure and efficiency with comfort and functionality, durability and elegance.
The new BMW X3 offers a choice of two ultra-modern power units. The four-cylinder diesel featured in the new BMW X3 xDrive20d develops a maximum power output of 135 kW/184 bhp, exceeding that of its predecessor by 5 kW.
At the same time, average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle has dropped by 14 per cent to 5.6 litres/100 km.
There is also a new petrol engine option. The new BMW X3 xDrive35i is powered by a 225 kW/306 bhp straight six-cylinder petrol engine.
The new X3 features a new optional eight-speed automatic transmission which is combined for the first time with an Auto Start Stop function. When stopping at road junctions or in a traffic jam, the engine is automatically switched off. As soon as the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal, the engine restarts. If the Auto Hold function is activated, brief pressure on the accelerator pedal is sufficient.