BMW has unveiled the second generation X3 SUV in 2010 at the Paris Auto Show. The model has received a new exterior and interior, but also improved engines. And only after one year of production BMW has decided to add another two new models to the line-up: BMW X3 xDrive20i and the BMW X3 xDrive35d. The two new versions will be put on sale in the autumn of 2011.
On the exterior the second generation X3 has received a forward-slanting BMW kidney grille, a large headlight assembly, a powerful-looking front apron, and a bonnet boasting six contour lines sweeping down to meet at the kidney grill. The new X3 will also feature chromed trims on the sides, powerfully flared wheel arches, and taillights with a distinctive T shape. The interior is defined by a generous and variable spatial concept, high-grade materials, and a characteristic three-dimensional surface design.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2011-2012 BMW X3.
The exterior and the interior
2011 BMW X3
The 2011 BMW X3 features BMW’s latest kidney grille, a large headlight assembly, a powerful-looking front apron and bonnet boasting six contour lines sweeping down to meet at the kidney grill. The side is defined by flared wheel arches, while on the rear the taillights have a distinctive T shape.
The interior features high-grade materials and a characteristic three-dimensional surface design. The model also gets the largest on-board monitor in its segment: a 8.8-inch high resolution screen of the navigation system Professional.
No significant changes have been made for the 2012 model year.
2011 BMW X3
The 2011 X3 will be offered with both four-cylinder diesel and straight six-cylinder petrol engine. The X3 xDrive20d is now powered by a 2-liter four cylinder turbo diesel engine that delivers a total of 184 HP and peak torque of 280 lbs-ft between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. The xDrive35i gets a straight six-cylinder BMW engine with 306 HP at 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 295 lbs-ft being available at 1,300 rpm. The new BMW X3 xDrive35i is equipped as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, combined for the first time with an Auto Start Stop function. The list of standard equipment will include a Head-up Display, Adaptive Cornering Headlights, High-beam Assistant, and Cruise Control with braking function.
2012 BMW X3
For 2012, BMW will add another two models: the BMW X3 xDrive20i and the BMW X3 xDrive35d. The BMW X3 Drive20i uses a newly developed 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that delivers a total of 184 HP at 4,800 rpm and a peak torque of 199 lbs-ft available at 1,250 rpm. The BMW X3 xDrive35d uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 313 HP at 4,400 rpm and a peak torque of 464 lbs-ft available from as low as 1,500 to 2,500 rpm. The two engines are offered with either a a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission.
For 2011 the entry level 240-HP X3 xDrive28i will be priced at $37,625. The turbocharged, 300-horsepower X3 xDrive35i will have an MSRP of $41,925. Both prices include $875 Destination & Handling fees and feature the standard 8-speed automatic transmission along with BMW’s acclaimed xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.
| Premium Package || $3,450 |
| Dynamic Handling Package || $1,400 |
| Cold Weather Package || $1,150 |
| Convenience Package || $1,850 |
| Technology Package || $3,200 |
| Sport Activity Package || $1,550 |
| M Sport Package || $3,000 |
| Smartphone Integration || $150 |
| Panoramic moonroof || $1,350 |
| Roof rails in Aluminum Satin || $250 |
| Rear seat backrest with 40:20:40 split || $200 |
| Power tailgate || $500 |
| Comfort Access keyless entry || $500 |
| Heated front seats || $500 |
| Heated Steering Wheel || $190 |
| Head-up Display || $1,300 |
| Navigation system || $2,150 |
| Cargo net || $180 |
| Rear manual side window shades || $250 |
| Satellite radio with 1 year subscription || $350 |
| BMW Apps || $250 |
| Premium hi-fi system || $875 |
| Xenon headlights || $900 |
| BMW Assist with enhanced Bluetooth and USB || $650 |
| Park Distance Control || $750 |
| Rear-view camera || $400 |
| Automatic high beams || $250 |
The BMW X3 takes on model like Infiniti EX and Mercedes-Benz GLK</b>. The EX35 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 297 HP and 253 lb-ft of torque and mated to a new 7-speed automatic transmission and is priced from $34,150.
The GLK features a fuel-sipping 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 268 HP and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission and available 4MATIC full-time four-wheel-drive.
Two new models for 2012
Latest technologies offered
Much more expensive than competition