2011 - 2013 BMW X3

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.

Exterior

BMW X3

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.

No significant changes have been made for the 2012 or 2013 model year.

BMW X3 xDrive28i standard features:

  • V Spoke (Style 307) 18 x 8.0 light alloy wheels and 245/50 run-flat1 all-season tires
  • Halogen free-form foglights
  • Door handles in matching body color
  • Chrome tailpipe finishers

BMW X3 xDrive35i standard features:

  • Y Spoke (Style 308) 18 x 8.0 light alloy wheels and 245/50 run-flat1 all-season tires
  • Xenon Adaptive Headlights with auto-leveling, and LED Corona headlight-rings
  • Adaptive Light Control with LED Adaptive Brakelights
  • Halogen free-form foglights
  • Door handles in matching body color
  • High-gloss shadowline roof rails (not available with Satin Aluminum roof rails)
  • Chrome tailpipe finishers

Interior

BMW X3

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.

BMW X3 xDrive28i standard features:

  • 8-way power adjustable front seats with 2-way manual headrests, and driver’s-seat and mirror memory
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Silver Matte trim
  • Black high-gloss instrument panel
  • Front center console armrest
  • Storage package; includes luggage nets on front seatbacks and under passenger-side center console; cargo area items include luggage net on left side; 2 cargo rails with 4 fastening points, a reversible mat, multi-purpose hooks and a tensioning strap
  • Split fold-down rear seat
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth® wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling (if equipped with compatible Bluetooth phone3) and phonebook downloading capabilities (please visit your authorized BMW center for details on standard and optional services)
  • USB audio connection
  • iDrive system with on-board computer and Controller, and 8 programmable memory buttons
  • Condition-Based Service display with additional functions accessible through iDrive system
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Rear-window defroster

BMW X3 xDrive35i standard features:

  • 8-way power adjustable front seats with 2-way manual headrests, and driver’s-seat and mirror memory
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Fineline Siena Wood trim
  • Black high-gloss instrument panel
  • Front center console armrest
  • Storage package; includes luggage nets on front seatbacks and under passenger-side center console; cargo area items include luggage net on left side; 2 cargo rails with 4 fastening points, a reversible mat, multi-purpose hooks and a tensioning strap Split fold-down rear seat
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel with controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling (if equipped with compatible Bluetooth phone3) and phonebook downloading capabilities (please visit your authorized BMW center for details on standard and optional services)
  • USB audio connection
  • iDrive system with on-board computer and Controller, and 8 programmable memory buttons
  • Condition-Based Service display with additional functions accessible through iDrive system
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Rear-window defroster

Drivetrain

BMW X3

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 horsepower and peak torque of 280 pound-feet between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. The xDrive35i gets a straight six-cylinder BMW engine with 306 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 295 pound-feet being available at 1,300 rpm. The new BMW X3 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 horsepower at 4,800 rpm and a peak torque of 199pound-feet available at 1,250 rpm. The BMW X3 xDrive35d uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 313 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and a peak torque of 464 pound-feet 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.

2013 BMW X3

For the 2013 model year the X3 lineup received an updated xDrive28i, while the xDrive35i continues unchanged. The base xDrive28i version is now powered by a new TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine (N20) replacing the previous normally aspirated inline 6-cylinder engine (N52).

The xDrive28i’s 4–cylinder engine delivers a total of 240 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque developed at just 1,250 rpm. Even if this may look like a tiny engine it is capable to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 130 mph.

The xDrive35i version continues to use an inline-six cylinder engine with an output of 300 horsepower att 5,800 rpm and a peak torque of 300 pound-feet delivered between 1,200 and 5,000 rpm.

Both engines are offered with standard Auto Start/Stop function which turns off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop, providing up to a 3% improvement in fuel economy.

Prices

BMW X3

For 2013 the BMW X3 is priced as follow:

BMW X3 xDrive28i$39,600
BMW X3 xDrive35i$44,700

Packages

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

Options

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 competition

Audi Q5

Audi Q5

On the U.S. market the Q5 is offered with a base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that packs 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque or a more powerful supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 272 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

The Q5 is priced from $35,900, but it can easily go up to $51,400 for the Prestige model that packs the V-6 as standard.

Mercedes GLK-Class

Mercedes GLK-Class

The GLK350 is powered by a 3.5- liter direct-injection V6 gasoline engine that delivers a total of 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque from 3,500 to 5,250 rpm.

The GLK is priced from $37,090.

LOVE IT
  • Two new models for 2012
  • Looks good
  • Latest technologies offered
LEAVE IT
  • Much more expensive than competition

23 comments:

I don’t like how they squared off the headlights, but the side and rear are definitely improved. That character line really helps the profile view, IMO

Not that surprised, but I like that new aerodynamics body kit offered, including that new side skirts, wheel arches and front and rear aprons,
new roof rails and windows surrounds.

yeah I’m not digging the new design, the front end’s severely at odds with the side profile... kinda odd really given how cohesive the x5 and x6 are in terms of design.

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