2018 BMW X3

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  • BMW X3
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    8-speep Septronic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    248 @ 5200
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258 @ 1450
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    40000 (Est.)
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Time to trade in that old X3 for something much better!

The BMW X3 has always been a popular all-rounder for everyday life. Combining versatility, efficiency, luxury, and BMW driving dynamics, it’s no wonder that it sells so well, with more than 1.5 million registrations from the first two generations alone. Now, for 2018, an all-new X3 is set to roll into showrooms, and the bar has officially been raised. Offered in three different model lines – xLine, Luxury Line, and M Sport – the new X3 brings new looks with standard acoustic glass up front to go with new LED headlights, LED fog lamps, new wheels, a sloped roof, and striking body lines. The redesigned interior is more luxurious than ever and offers an improvement in comfort and functionality while three engine options will bring anywhere between 184 and 360 horsepower of people hauling goodness to your beck and call. And, to top it all off, it’s also the first BMW SAV to be offered with a trailer hitch from the factory.

All told, the new X3 is faster, lighter, and more efficient than ever, with its coefficient of drag rated at just 0.29. It’s also offered with BMW’s CoPilot, which brings things like active cruise control, lane control assist, lane keep assist, and lane change assistant, all being offered as optional equipment. It’s set to go on sale in November of 2017, so let’s dive in and take a good look at what we can expect. After all; it does have to fight for supremacy among competitors like the Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5, and Range Rover Evoque.

Update 6/26/2017: BMW has dropped official specs and images for the new BMW X3. Check out the details below as we continue to update this review throughout the day.

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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10 Best Handling Crossovers on the Market

10 Best Handling Crossovers on the Market

Off-road looks with on-road fun

Crossovers are vehicles designed to look like they can go off-road, but really be at their best on the road. Sure, some can do light off-roading, but realistically you won’t want to stray too far from the blacktop or the occasional bumpy gravel backroad.

To this end it’s not trivial to know which of these 4x4-aping high riders are best out on the open (and sometimes twisty) road, since it’s where they will spend most of their time. But don’t go thinking that they are on par with more conventional car shapes, because their higher center of gravity and usually higher mass will affect handling.

Safety is at the top of buyers’ lists these days, but what many don’t think about when browsing lists of cars rated with safety stars is that good, predictable road manners and sharp handling are one of the biggest safety features a car can have, since they allow the driver to avoid crashing in the first place.

And while crossovers may give occupants a feeling of extra safety when they’re on board, their poor road manners bring this into question.

Here’s a list of the 10 best handling high-riding vehicles ever made.

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BMW X3 M Looks Nimble on the Nurburgring

BMW X3 M Looks Nimble on the Nurburgring

Doesn’t sound very aggressive though

The BMW X3 was launched all the way back in 2003, and it seems unbelievable that the Germans have yet to introduce an M version. Fortunately, the long and painful wait is about to come to an end, with the first-even X3 M likely to debut by the end of 2018. We’ve already seen the crossover in spy shots recently, and now we can finally watch it in action at the Nurburgring track.

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2018 Alpina XD3

2018 Alpina XD3

BMW’s famous tuning partner is at it again with a bombastic upgrade for the X3 crossover

Noted BMW tuner Alpina has unveiled its latest creation, the Alpina XD3. The program is based on the BMW X3 crossover, and in true Alpina fashion, it offers all-encompassing upgrades that cover all important bases for Bimmer’s popular crossover. The result is a vehicle that can give some of today’s more powerful SUVs a serious run for their money.

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2020 BMW iX3

2020 BMW iX3

The company’s first electric SUV is coming in 2019

Like most automakers out there, BMW announced plans to add a large number of electrified models, but while some companies are already offering a handful of EVs and hybrids, BMW doesn’t have much to offer beyond the i3 electric hatchback and the i8 hybrid sports car. But that’s about to change soon, as BMW developed a new-generation eDrive platform that will underpin a number of vehicles in the future. The new drivetrain made its debut in the iX3 Concept, which previews a production model based on the familiar X3 crossover.

Showcased at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the iX3 is a mildly revised X3 on the outside. This is a sign that BMW wants its electric lineup to be familiar to company enthusiasts and it’s a hint that upcoming EVs will share design cues with the conventional Bimmers instead of getting their own unique styling, like the i3. Specs and performance details are slim as of this writing, but BMW promises an innovative drivetrain layout, an output of at least 270 horsepower, and mileage of at least 400 km (249 miles). A prototype of the production model was already spotted in the wild, so it may be unveiled early next year. Let’s find out more in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW iX3.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW iX3 Concept

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 BMW iX3 Concept

It’s not exactly a production model yet, but it’s as close as it can possibly be. BMW debuted the iX3 Concept at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, and it’s already won its way into a lot of hearts. It’s got a lot of X3 styling cues with some EV-specific cues in the front and rear. Just take a look at that new grille – you better get used to it because it’s going to be the BMW trademark grille on electric vehicles in the future (well, most likely, anyway.) Its specs sound promising too. It is powered by BMW’s next-gen battery technology, so it offers up a range of around 249 miles from a 70 kWh battery pack. Putting power to the pavement is a 270 horsepower (200 kW) electric motor. There is no word on performance figures but you can plan on it being a torque monster, and it’ll probably be pretty quick too. Either way, if you can’t wait for it to go into production, we’ve plucked out a few awesome wallpapers to spruce up your desktop and get you by for the time being.

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The iX3 Concept Previews BMW's EV Technology of the Future

The iX3 Concept Previews BMW’s EV Technology of the Future

Set to go into production in China

BMW has been promising to expand its electric car lineup for quite a few years now, but the Germans are still offering just one model, the i3. But things will change in 2018 when BMW introduces the iX3, its first all-electric SUV. Based on the X3, the EV was unveiled as a concept car at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show and will go into production under the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture in Shenyang, China.

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Report: BMW To offer the BMW X3 M With a Competition Package

Report: BMW To offer the BMW X3 M With a Competition Package

It will be the first SUV to wear the Competition badge

The next-generation BMW X3 M is coming, and it’s coming with a lot of surprises in tow. One of these surprises comes in the form of a Competition Package for the performance SUV, making the X3 M the first M Division SUV to get the Competition Package treatment. Details are still sketchy on the contents of the package, but according to a report from Motor.es, it will come with more power and sharper handling for the X3 M. That’s not much to go by, sure, but if those two elements are part of the equation, this package immediately becomes something that we can all look forward to.

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One Minute News: BMW Teases the iX3 Concept and It Doesn't Have the X3's Grille

One Minute News: BMW Teases the iX3 Concept and It Doesn’t Have the X3’s Grille

Not much of a teaser really...

The BMW iX3 is BMW’s first pure electric EV that’s built around the brand’s “fifth-generation electric powertrain.” The concept is said to have extended range, or at least 200 miles (guess that’s extended to the Germans) and has officially been teased for the first time. We thought we had seen in all its glory in spy shots previously but thanks to this teaser we can at least say that the grille is new compared to anything we’ve seen so far. It should still be heavily based on the X3 SUV with some minor changes here and there. It will be followed by the i4, the I Vision Dynamics, and the iNext crossover.

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We Could See the BMW iX3 at the Beijing Motor Show

We Could See the BMW iX3 at the Beijing Motor Show

It makes sense considering China is practically the world capital for electric mobility

BMW has been far from quiet about its plans to electrify damn near anything with four wheels and a BMW badge, with models like the BMW iNEXT, i4 (based on the i Vision Dynamics,) and the iX3 planned to show their production-ready faces this year. As it turns out, the iX3 could very well be the first of the three that we get to see and it could happen at the Beijing Auto Show in China.

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Alpina Works Over the BMW X3 In All the Right Ways!

Alpina Works Over the BMW X3 In All the Right Ways!

We don’t expect anything less from the noted BMW tuner

As is the case every year, Alpina is headed to the Geneva Motor Show with a fresh tune of a new BMW model. This year, the new X3 gets the honor of the German tuner’s time, and once again, Alpina didn’t disappoint. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Alpina XD3. It’s a handful in more ways than one, which is typically the case when it’s Alpina we’re talking about. After all, this is the same tuner that gave us the B4 Biturbo, the B7 xDrive, and most recently, the B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition.

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Watch this BMW X3 M40i Hit Top Speed on the Autobahn!

Watch this BMW X3 M40i Hit Top Speed on the Autobahn!

This is what the X3 M40i is like when it’s running on all cylinders

If you’re wondering about the capabilities of the 2018 BMW X3 M40i, you’re going to need to watch this video. It’s not often for us here in the U.S. to see a car like the X3 M40i go all-out on the German Autobahn so when there’s an opportunity to watch what it’s like, we’re going to take advantage of it.

The video, which was posted by AutoTopNL, shows the X3 M40i in a standstill position before the driver pushes the pedal to the metal. Just like that, the X3 bursts out of the gate — notice the driver’s head go back? — and before you can even comprehend what’s going on, the crossover is already pushing 100 kmh (62 mph). The speed rapidly increases to 112 kmh (69 mph), 152 kmh (94 mph), and 183 kmh (114 mph) in a matter of seconds. Eventually, the X3 M40i hits a top speed of 260 kmh (161.557 mph) before oncoming traffic forced the driver to ease up on the pedal. A few minutes later, he goes on another blast and once again, he hits 260 kmh before eventually deciding to slow it down.

The video tells us a few things about the X3 M40i. One, it’s fast. Two, it’s really fast. Three, it’s fast enough to actually eclipse the electronically limited top speed of 250 kmh (155 mph). Now, this likely means that the X3 M40i in the video had its top speed limiter removed, which allowed it to hit the 260 kmh. Still, the run is impressive for a crossover that “only” has 360 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque coming out of its 3.0-liter straight-six engine.

Kind of makes you wonder what an X3 M is going to pull off if the M Performance version — the X3 M40i — is already capable of giving us goosebumps.

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BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW Recalling 1 Million Cars in the U.S. over Fire Risk

BMW has been watching the reported problems for a while now..

BMW is recalling a whopping one million vehicles in North America over two separate issues involving fire risks. Both recalls include cars produced from 2006 to the 2011 model years. One recall covers 670,000 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011 model years, while the second recall is issued for 740,000 cars from 2007 to 2011 model years. The latter includes the 128i, 3 Series, 5 Series, X3, X5, and Z4 models. Although these figures amount to more than 1.4 million units, BMW says the recalls overlap and cover about one million examples. Nearly all cars have been sold in the United States, while about 15,000 are from Canada. The recalls may expand to other countries in the future, but no specific announcement has been made as of this writing.

The first recall for the 3 Series models only will address a wiring issue for heating and air conditioning system. According to the company’s report for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the systems may overheat and could increase the risk of a fire in the car. BMW has reportedly been monitoring the issue since 2008 and has made some improvements in 2011, but some incidents from 2015 and 2016, which led to injuries, prompted a mass recall. The second recall is about a valve heater issue that may cause damage to the engine compartment. No injuries or crashes related to this problem have been reported so far. All cars involved will have their wiring harnesses and valve heaters replaced at BMW dealers, free of charge.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Physics-Defying Performance Crossovers And SUVs

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Physics-Defying Performance Crossovers And SUVs

Make it big, make it fast

Technology has a very strange habit of turning the impossible (or at the very least, the improbable) into reality. This is especially true in the automotive world, where seemingly contradictory attributes manage to find a happy middle ground with surprising regularity. Case in point – the performance crossover and SUV segment. Once a body style relegated to utility, the modern tall-bodied, cargo-tastic crossover or SUV can now be had with a heavy dose of speed as well, apparently defying the laws of physics with mammoth grip and absurd levels of power. These days, it doesn’t matter if a model is heavy and huge – add the right parts, and it’ll be quick as well.

It’s a combination that seems to be growing in popularity, with a nice assortment of options available across the market. As such, we’ve collected five of the best right here for your perusal. Each offers a decent amount of cargo space, high levels of luxury, and the option for performance as well, all for a price tag around $70,000 (give or take). Our picks look like this – BMW X3 M, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Mercedes-AMG GLC63, Porsche Macan Turbo, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. We’ve got the lowdown on each right here, so read on for more info. And don’t forget to post your favorite in the comments section below!

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Luxury Compact Crossovers

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Luxury Compact Crossovers

Standing tall, sitting pretty

When it comes to the U.S. automotive market, compact crossovers are cleaning up. The segment continues to see unprecedented growth, even with a huge variety of options already on offer. The appeal of the luxury compact crossover is multifaceted, mixing a “go anywhere, do anything” attitude with comfort and inherent driveability. Luxury compact crossovers are practical and spacious, without going overboard in terms of exterior dimensions, improving fuel efficiency and maneuverability over larger SUVs. Inside, there are amenities aplenty without breaking the bank, while the high seating position provides ample views of the road ahead. And while better suited for mall crawling rather than rock crawling, luxury compact crossovers still get that “off-roader” style, plus AWD when the weather turns sour. And of course, the extra room in the rear supports a range of lifestyles, whether its kid hauling for a family, or gear running for active outdoorsy activities. There are even performance options, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Boil it down, and the philosophy goes something like this – mix equal parts practicality, comfort, and road presence, then spread evenly on a tall-bodied package. But where to start? To help you navigate this seemingly bottomless sea of possibilities, we’ve collected facts and figures from five of the best entries in the segment, including the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz GLC Class. Read on for the lowdown.

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Like the BMW X3? We've Got Your Wallpapers Right Here!

Like the BMW X3? We’ve Got Your Wallpapers Right Here!

Keep that desktop fresh, will ya?

The X3 has been on the market for 14 years as of 2018, and in its first two generations, its saw amazing success. 2018, however, brings about the third-gen model and BMW has somehow managed to make the X3 even better, with clear intentions to add greatly to the current 1.5 million X3 registrations on record. And, that’s saying a lot considering it has to compete against some pretty tough models. The Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLC class aren’t exactly models to sneeze at, but the X3 is coming to the party with more under its belt than ever, including a 355-horsepower, 369 pound-food monster of an inline-six that can be found exclusively in the M40i. As such, the competition has a lot to worry about, and we’re mighty impressed.

Even in base form, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder offers up a decent 248 ponies and 258 pound-feet, enough to get it to 60 mph in six second flat while topping out at 130 mph. Meanwhile, it’s better-equipped brother hits the same benchmark in 4.6 seconds – that’s 0.2 seconds faster than the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and 1.4-seconds faster than the 3.0-liter-equipped Audi Q5. On top of that, it has the modern looks necessary to stand out (no more round fog lights, either) and a pretty plush interior if you ignore the cheapish aluminum trim. Of course, a real man would opt for the ambient lighting package, but don’t worry we won’t judge ;) With that said, we’ve put together a few of our favorite shots that will make perfect wallpapers for all of you X3 fans out there!

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How Does The New BMW X3 Stack Up Against The Competition?

How Does The New BMW X3 Stack Up Against The Competition?

It’s going against start-ups and the establishment alike

One of the pioneers of the compact luxury SUV space has returned with a new look and new performance credentials. Yes, 14 years after breaking into the SUV landscape, the BMW X3 is back with a vengeance, armed with a new exterior, a redesigned interior, plenty of powertrain options to choose from. Most importantly the X3 shows confidence in its ability to stand toe-to-toe with notable rivals like the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLC-Class, as well as upstart hotshots like the Jaguar F-Pace and the Range Rover Evoque.

Despite tracing its roots back to 2003, the X3 remains one of the most popular entry-level premium SUVs in the market today. The model doesn’t reach that status without selling over 1.5 million units over the span of two generations. So expectations are high that the all-new X3 will be able to live up to its predecessors, maybe even exceed it if turns up aces in the minds of its customers. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to have an easy time at it anymore. Competitors are banging on the door, ready to stake their claim to the compact SUV title that the X3 has held at some points in its past. Now that the all-new model is out, it’s time to find out if BMW can reclaim its place atop the compact luxury SUV food chain.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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The new BMW X3 is Good and All, but It's not All Peaches and Cream

The new BMW X3 is Good and All, but It’s not All Peaches and Cream

What’s with the cheap trim and serious lack of six-cylinders?

So, BMW recently dropped full details on its third-generation X3 SAV and right way we praised it for its overall packaging, looks, and that awesome power output improvement for the M40i trim level. With more than 1.5 million X3’s registered since the vehicle was first introduced, it goes without saying that the X3 is a hot item. And, with pricing expected to start somewhere around $40,000 to $42,000, it’s not exactly a bank-breaker, either. And, even though I recently wrote a very favorable review about the X3 not that long ago, I have to point out that I do have a few gripes as well.

For starters, I love that the front end of the new X3 is more aggressive than ever, and it’s amazing that BMW finally ditched those round foglights. But, what the hell is with the big fake vents? Aesthetics aside, there is no point and why not use them to channel air to the brakes or to improve aerodynamic efficiency? And then, there’s the interior. Sure; the dash looks a lot better than it used to, and the steering wheel is sleeker, but what is with that aluminum trim? That’s a little Toyota Camry-ish to me. Anything with this price point and a BMW badge should at least come standard with wood trim. And, what’s with the M-Sport seats? They are no different than the standard seats in the X-Line, with the exception of the black leather and contrast stitching – where’s the extra support M cars are supposed to have? But, what about those engine choices? Sigh…

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2019 BMW X3 M

2019 BMW X3 M

The popular X3 is finally getting a high-performance version!

BMW launched the X3 back in 2003 as its second SUV and the market’s first compact luxury crossover. Updated in 2010, the X3 ditched its weird-looking front fascia in favor of a nose that resembled the X5’s. The second-gen crossover also saw production move from Graz, Austria, to BMW’s U.S. factory in Greer, South Carolina. As a result, the X3 entered the North American market as a locally built vehicle with a more affordable sticker. After six successful years on the market, the second-gen X3 was replaced by a brand-new model for 2018. The big news here is that the crossover will finally get a proper M version.

With Mercedes-Benz already offering two AMG versions of the GLC and Audi reportedly working on a beefed-up versions of the Q5, BMW finally green-lighted a high-performance version of the X3 for the third-generation model. Likely to arrive by the end of 2018, the X3 M has been confirmed by BMW M chief Frank van Meel at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.. Three years have passed and the X3 M has yet to arrive, but BMW is testing the crossover on both public roads and the Nurburgring race track. Let’s find out what it will bring to the table in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming BMW X3 M.

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2018 BMW X3

2018 BMW X3

Time to trade in that old X3 for something much better!

The BMW X3 has always been a popular all-rounder for everyday life. Combining versatility, efficiency, luxury, and BMW driving dynamics, it’s no wonder that it sells so well, with more than 1.5 million registrations from the first two generations alone. Now, for 2018, an all-new X3 is set to roll into showrooms, and the bar has officially been raised. Offered in three different model lines – xLine, Luxury Line, and M Sport – the new X3 brings new looks with standard acoustic glass up front to go with new LED headlights, LED fog lamps, new wheels, a sloped roof, and striking body lines. The redesigned interior is more luxurious than ever and offers an improvement in comfort and functionality while three engine options will bring anywhere between 184 and 360 horsepower of people hauling goodness to your beck and call. And, to top it all off, it’s also the first BMW SAV to be offered with a trailer hitch from the factory.

All told, the new X3 is faster, lighter, and more efficient than ever, with its coefficient of drag rated at just 0.29. It’s also offered with BMW’s CoPilot, which brings things like active cruise control, lane control assist, lane keep assist, and lane change assistant, all being offered as optional equipment. It’s set to go on sale in November of 2017, so let’s dive in and take a good look at what we can expect. After all; it does have to fight for supremacy among competitors like the Mercedes GLC, Audi Q5, and Range Rover Evoque.

Update 6/26/2017: BMW has dropped official specs and images for the new BMW X3. Check out the details below as we continue to update this review throughout the day.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 BMW X3.

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BMW Issues the Smallest Recall Ever; One BMW X3 Affected

BMW Issues the Smallest Recall Ever; One BMW X3 Affected

I wonder just how they managed to single out this one examaple...

Normally when we announce recalls here at TopSpeed, there’s a good reason for it. Usually, it involves something major and should be taken care of immediately. It also normally accounts for a wide range of models or, at the very least, a significant number of vehicles from one model line. Well, today things are a little different, and the sheer intriguing nature of the recall was enough to convince me to tell you all about it. So, what’s so special about this recall? Well, it only affects a single example of the 2017 BMW X3. Yes; you read that correctly, it’s a single model. More specifically, it’s a 2017 BMW X3 xDrive 28i that was manufactured on July 7, 2016.

According to the NHTSA, the vehicle in question is equipped with electronic power steering (commonly abbreviated as EPS.) Apparently, the contact pins on the EPS control unit may not have been welded correctly, which could lead to increased electrical resistance in the connection that could lead to a fire. According to the NHTSA, the risk of fire is there even when the vehicle is parked, and the ignition is turned off. As always, BMW will notify the owner and will make the repair free of charge. If the build date and specific model happens to matche your X3, you can plug in your car’s VIN here to see if you happen to be that one lucky owner.

On a side note, if you happen to be that one person with a faulty EPS unit, reach out to us here. We would love to hear your story and your experience with the dealer that rectifies the situation.

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Next BMW X3 Will Get An M Version With M3-Engine

Next BMW X3 Will Get An M Version With M3-Engine

The German luxury-car manufacturers have been locked in a horsepower war for the past decade. Between Mercedes-Benz’ AMG models, Audi’s RS cars and BMW’s M Division cars, we’re getting more and more powerful sports cars coming from Europe. The M Division in particular has proven to be particularly adept at crafting impressive performance upgrades for just about any BMW product. According to comments made by BMW M’s CEO Frank van Meel , the next shot to be fired is likely to be an M version of the X3 compact crossover.

It makes perfect sense. The X5 was BMW’s first SUV (or SAV, as BMW likes to call it—a "sport activity vehicle"), and the 567-horsepower X5 M debuted in 2009, to do battle with an AMG-massaged Mercedes ML-Class, among others. The X3 is came along in 2003 as the second member of BMW’s SAV family. Now in its second generation, there’s been speculation that the third generation will bring an X3 M variant. If BMW’s usual model-introduction practice remains the same, an X3 M might debut some time in 2016 in Europe, with a North American intro following soon after.

Because the BMW’s 3.0-liter straight six already fits in the X3, it’s very likely that the X3 M will be powered by the 425-horsepower twin-turbo six that powers the M3 and M4. Of course, other than the confirmation that an X3 M is coming, all of this is speculation.

Continue reading for the full story.

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2015 BMW Alpina XD3 Bi-Turbo

2015 BMW Alpina XD3 Bi-Turbo

While the BMW X3 has been around since 2004, Alpina’s version of it, the XD3 Bi-Turbo, has been only been around since 2014. Like all other Alpina models, the XD3 is based on the production Bimmer, but with a handful of exterior and interior updates, and a nice power bump as well. For the 2015 model year, the XD3 inherits all of the styling updates of the 2015 X3.

Some people mistakenly consider Alpina a BMW tuner, when in fact it is its own automaker as recognized by the German Ministry of Transport. Additionally, Alpina and BMW actually work closely with one another, and many of Alpina’s manufacturing processes are built directly into BMW’s production line. How many tuners can you think of who work that closely with a major automaker? I can’t think of a single one.

So, how does the XD3 stack up against the big boys of the luxury SUV world?

Click past the jump to read my full review of the Alpina XD3 Bi -Turbo to find out.

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BMW Confirms Development of the X3 M and X4 M

BMW Confirms Development of the X3 M and X4 M

BMW’s already-extensive range of M performance models could expand to include the X3 and X4 crossovers once the upcoming 2016 M2 compact arrives at dealerships. That’s the word from BMW M chief, Frank van Meel, who confirmed the brand’s intentions of developing more high-performance crossovers at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show.

The former boss of Audi’s RS division declined to go into specifics, but he acknowledged that "there might be a business opportunity with the X3/X4." The small crossovers would enable the company to continue the success story that began with the X5 M and X6 M, he added according to Autocar. On the other hand, van Meel rejected the idea of an M3 Touring or M7 sedan: "There are more opportunities than at present, but not on every BMW as it makes no sense."

Speaking of other future products, van Meel confirmed that all-wheel drive would eventually be offered on upcoming M cars, likely starting with the next-generation M5 sedan and M6 coupe. However, he said the cars would still be rear-biased, with AWD technology used mostly to increase traction. “The philosophy will remain rear-wheel drive, even if there is all-wheel drive," he noted.

Van Meel also revealed that the M division is investigating the possibility of electrification for its future range, as well as the introduction of electric turbochargers as a way of improving throttle response. A front-wheel-drive M car on the new UKL1 platform, an M version of either the i3 or the i8, and four-cylinder engines for M cars were among the things van Meel dismissed.

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2015 BMW X3

2015 BMW X3

BMW announced today that its venerable X3 SUV is getting a much-needed upgrade. BMW is blowing open the new 2015 BMW X3 SUV by offering it with multiple U.S.-market firsts. Most notably, you can now get the X3 with diesel power, and there is now a model without all-wheel drive.

The availability of the rear-wheel-drive model helps bring the price of the X3 down into a new market, and the diesel engine option provides a level of fuel economy that far exceeds any of the previous X3 models.

As expected with any major update, the designs of the interior and exterior have been updated and overall equipment levels have increased.

Is the new 2015 BMW X3 the best luxury SUV money can buy, or does BMW need to make more substantial changes to make the model worth looking at?

Continue reading to find out all the details on this new machine.

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Spy shots: BMW X3 Nosejob Caught Testing in Munich

The BMW X3 is getting a tech refresh in the next year or so, with nearly production-ready versions testing the new LED lights on the roads. Blinkers and low beams and DRLs... oh my!

We expect no major changes under the hood, so the revised X3 will offer the same engine lineup as the current model: a four-cylinder engine and an inline-six for the top version. Most likely BMW will work a bit on improving fuel economy and the output level.

Snappers managed to catch the upcoming revised version of the BMW X3 testing on the roads of Munich, Germany.

The car started to loose more of its camo, and reveals something very interesting:as revealed by the indicator stripe on top of the headlight, it appears that the revised X3 will focus its looks on the new 3 series LED and grille style.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised BMW X3, which is expected to bring these refreshed features as an early 2015 model.

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2014 BMW Alpina XD3 Biturbo

2014 BMW Alpina XD3 Biturbo

The Audi SQ5 may not have a direct competitor from BMW, but Alpina has unveiled the XD3 Biturbo - a tuning kit that seems to be a direct response to Audi’s model - at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The XD3 is based on the 3-liter straight-six-cylinder version of the X3 and, with significant updates made under the hood, it adds plenty of extra horsepower to the engine’s standard output. The engine is coupled to a new eight-speed automatic transmission and numerous other updates have also been made to the SUV’s chassis.

Along with upgrading the engine’s characteristics, Alpina engineers also built an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front spoiler with integrated air intakes. On the rear, Alpina adds new elliptical double-ended tailpipes integrated into an Alpina-designed rear valance.

Hit the jump to read more about the Alpina XD3 Biturbo and find out if it really does offer any competition to the SQ5.

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US Market Will Get Six New BMW Diesel Models

US Market Will Get Six New BMW Diesel Models

Diesel models are quite a hit in Europe, but in the U.S. market, they have only just begun to gain momentum because people are still learning about them. Despite the relative novelty, it looks like BMW is preparing a diesel invasion in the U.S. market with no less than six new diesel models set to debut by 2014.

Back in June 2012, it was reported that BMW was planning to offer a diesel 7-Series to its U.S. customers, but apparently this won’t be the only model. Next to it, we will also get a 3-Series sedan in the first half of 2013 and a station wagon in the second half. A 5-Series diesel will arrive in the third quarter of 2013 and the X5d at the end of 2013. The 7-Series will be the first diesel to arrive in the first half of 2014 and it will be followed by a X3d.

In terms of powerplants, the 3-Series will likely use the new 130-horsepower, 3-cylinder diesel engine, while the rest of BMW’s diesel lineup will get a six-cylinder diesel engine.

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Ultimate Factories: See How the BMW X3 is Built

Ultimate Factories: See How the BMW X3 is Built

In 2007, the National Geographic Channel (NGC) showed us how the Z4 sports car was built, and now the Ultimate Factories team is back at BMW’s South Carolina Plant once again to show us how the X3 is made. The teams spent almost two weeks at the BMW factory in early June producing and filming the new program. The show will be aired on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel.

"Once again, BMW was very pleased to welcome the National Geographic Channel into our plant. We are proud to show people all over the world the quality and craftsmanship of BMW X3, X5 and X6, built exclusively for over 130 markets around the globe," said Josef Kerscher, President, BMW Manufacturing.

The BMW X3 has been built at the South Carolina plant since September 2010 and went on sale in the U.S. in early 2011.

Hit the jump to watch the BMW Z4 feature at the Ultimate Factories.

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2012 BMW X3 xDrive20i and BMW X3 xDrive35d

2012 BMW X3 xDrive20i and BMW X3 xDrive35d

The BMW X3 is one of the most successful models in its segment and after being updated for the 2011 model year, BMW has decided to further expand the SUV for 2012 with the addition of two new 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 engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is also combined with the Auto Start-Stop function, which automatically switches the engine off when the car is stationary.

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. This model comes equipped as standard with the eight-speed automatic transmission including Auto Start-Stop.

Both models will be put on sale starting the autumn of 2011.

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2011 BMW X3 by AC Schnitzer

2011 BMW X3 by AC Schnitzer

BMW’s new X3 has been on sale since the Fall 2010 and, surprisingly, not many tuning firms have paid much attention to the SUV. BMW is typically a brand that sits right at the top of the list for many tuners, so owners of the X3 are probably scratching their heads wondering when it will be their turn to get in on the tuning action. Have no fear, AC Schnitzer is finally here and have brought along a package for the SUV that will prove that the wait was worthwhile.

The German tuning firm’s first bout with the X3 shows a striking front spoiler, a new rear roof spoiler, AC Schnitzer protective film for the rear skirt, and a new set of 22" wheels offered in either BiColor or silver. The interior also gets jazzed up a bit with a new sports steering wheel, aluminum gear knobs in anodized silver/chrome or "Black Line"/chrome, a digital gear display option, and the "Black Line" aluminum cover for the BMW-specific i-Drive system controller.

As for the engine, the full line is still being worked on, but the X3 xDrive20d benefits from an increased power output that takes it from 184 HP to 218 HP. The engines for the 2.8i and 3.5i models are currently under development.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2010: SUV of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2010: SUV of the Year

Despite the fact that gas prices are still on the rise, the SUV market continues to grow, and 2010 brought in plenty of new models to further this growth process. Starting with the new generation Porsche Cayenne, the new BMW X3, and the long waited Land Rover Evoque, the laundry list of SUVs gave us just about every model we could possibly ask for, and some we wish they would have taken back.

For the avid readers of TopSpeed, it’s no surprise that the Cayenne is on our list of top SUVs for the year. This vehicle was just as admired by us as it was with the dozens of tuners that tried their hand at remodeling it. The Evoque was also popular, but more so in the headlines with news stories of its release dominating the waves for a significant amount of time. The BMW X3 is no stranger to awards with a few already tacked on to its bumper from previous years. The newest model will be no different as its style and luxury has carried on through 2010.

We had our top three picks, but it was time to choose the winner. We based our choice on exterior design, performance, and fuel economy, which is rather important in vehicles of this class. Would tradition reign supreme or will a brand new model spank the competition?

Hit the jump to find out which SUV was our top pick for 2010.

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2011 - 2013 BMW X3

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.

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BMW releases online configurator for 2011 X3

BMW releases online configurator for 2011 X3

Pay particular attention to online configurators and at some point, you’re bound to get so hooked to it that a week won’t be complete without you tinkering on your imaginary car.

Unfortunately, such is the fate of those who most probably can’t afford the real thing and therefore settle for the time-consuming load that are online configurators.

That being said, we still can’t get enough of ‘em so here it is, folks, the latest dress-up-your-imaginary-vehicle-and-pretend-it’s-your-new-2011 BMW X3.

Coming in a variety of packages, the 2011 BMW X3 is going to take a lot of effort to build. There’s a choice of engines, interior leather options, a technology package, and even color options that should make the building of your virtual 2011 X3 a mind-numbing task. If that’s not enough work for you, you’re also going to have to choose the type of model you want, ranging from the base model X3 28i ($37,625) to the top-of-the-line xDrive 35i ($41,925).

And if you’re feeling particularly rich on this day, you can max out every available package for a princely sum of $56,750.

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New BMW X4 may be moving right along

New BMW X4 may be moving right along

The first news surrounding an X4 model came about in 2007, but they were amplified earlier this year when other several automotive outlets reported on a future, smaller version of the BMW X6. According to our source, BMWBlog, the BMW X4 has moved from an idea to the Concept stage and will be showing its little face in 2011. The production model will be launched in early 2014 and will share its underpinnings and interior parts with the X3. Some similarities will include the engine lineup including a 2-liter diesel engine that will deliver 177 hp, a 3-liter diesel that will deliver 231 hp, and the turbo version that will deliver 300 hp. The petrol engine will start from a 2-liter four-cylinder engine that will deliver 163 hp and will go up to a 3-liter turbo engine that will deliver 306 hp.

The X4 will be exclusively built at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, currently home of the production X3. Maybe the increased production facilities have something to do with the new car.

Just what we needed, another cross over!

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US BMW X3 Pricing Announced

Not long after the debut of the all-new BMW X3 in Paris, BMW has announced the suggested retail pricing for the sporty SUV.

The entry level 240-horsepower X3 xDrive28i will be priced at $37,625, and arrives in dealer showrooms by the end of this year. 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. The 2011 models will also have a significant increase in all round value compared to their 2010 predecessor by sporting more standard equipment, including Bluetooth connectivity, iPod/USB interface, anti-theft alarm system, and - on the X3 xDrive35i - standard BMW Xenon Adaptive Headlights.

Produced exclusively at BMW’s newly upgraded Spartanburg, S.C. factory, the new X3 will be supported by a state-of-the-art ordering and manufacturing system. Customers will be able to make changes to their vehicle order up until six days prior to the start of production.

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2010 BMW X3 M-Sport package

2010 BMW X3 M-Sport package

After revealing the second generation BMW X3, the German company has also decided to announce details on the new X3 equipped with an M-Sport package. This setup will be available from the second quarter of 2011, tentatively. Prices will be announced at a later date.

The new BMW X3 M-Sport package will be available in a rich Carbon Black metallic paint finish and will feature powerful 19" M light-weight alloy wheels and sports suspensions. On the interior it will get an M multifunction leather steering wheel and variable sports steering, an M gear selection lever, gearshift paddles, ergonomically shaped sports seats, Pearlpoint cloth-leather upholstery, and an Anthracite BMW Individual roof liner.

The M Sports package will include the side skirts, wheel arches, and front and rear aprons to match the exterior body color. An example of this is the Carbon Black metallic paint finish that is exclusive to the M Sports package. Window surrounds and roof rails have also been jazzed up by high-gloss BMW Individual Shadow Line.

Updated 09/20/2010: BMW has unveiled today new images and details on the M-Sport package for the new generation X3. The package will be offered with BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, interior trim in Fine Brushed Aluminum, an M gear lever knob and a stainless steel inlay in the luggage compartment loading sill. Check the image gallery to see all the images.

Press release after the jump.

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TopSpeed's Top Ten Mid-Level Crossovers

TopSpeed’s Top Ten Mid-Level Crossovers

Have some cash to blow, but the wife, and/or husband, won’t let you buy a Porsche? Well, as bad as that might be, mid-range crossovers won’t solve that pain. Instead, they’ll provide a luxury driving experience with the fun factor of getting stabbed.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad. As much as we don’t like crossovers, we do think they’re better than massive SUVs. Some can even be fun to drive now and again. For these tests we will be looking at style, image, standard equipment, interior space, and driving dynamics. Price will also be considered, but not as much as the other areas.

We will have to get a price cap to keep things in the mid-level, so we’ll set it at $45,000. That should be more than enough to get the lower end luxury models from Cadillac plus the German and Japanese car companies.

Hit the jump to see the list.

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BMW X3 M Renderings

BMW X3 M Renderings

If you’re trying to make some sense of BMW, you’re going to be at it for awhile. The German automaker has been creating cars that are a bit puzzling to the common person, like the X6 or the 5-Series GT. Yet, nothing quite says insane like the new X3 M and pretty soon, there will be a new version based on the F25 X3.

When we take a closer look at the line of BMW SUVs, it makes the most sense to use the X3, rather than the X5. The small SUV only weighs 3971 pounds, far less than the much larger X5. That means that the X3 should stop, corner, and accelerate much better, not to mention it should get better fuel economy as well. In the world of the power to weight ratio, the X3 M takes the cake.

Powering the newest M machine will likely be the N55 turbocharged six-cylinder. If you’ve been paying attention to the automotive world as of late, you will have realized that the N55 is the same motor that is being used for the new M3. Not to mention that motor is already being used in the X3. The motor will be attached to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Once the X3 M is on the road, we would expect it to be able to hit 60 miles per hour in just five or six seconds. The motor will likely produce around 420 horsepower, which is good enough. After all, BMW can’t give the X3 M more power than the X5. The corners will be where the car outperforms its bigger rivals though. It’s lower to the ground, smaller, and will have fat tires.

Some might say that this sort of machine makes no sense whatsoever. We say that BMW can make whatever they want, and a high-performance X3 sounds good to us.

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The new second generation BMW X3

The new second generation BMW X3

In 2004 BMW X3 introduced a new concept to the market: the small, premium Sports Activity Vehicle with all-road capability and unparalleled driving dynamics. This first generation BMW X3 became a best seller in the BMW line…both in the United States and in Europe. Through its lifecycle, over 600,000 original X3s have been sold worldwide with 150,000 sold in the USA. Subsequently, several competitors have entered the now hotly-contested segment.

The new second generation BMW X3 builds on the success of the original by developing its core competencies while adding new technology to establish new benchmarks for agility, efficiency and comfort. The new BMW X3 will be produced in an expansion of the BMW Spartanburg, South Carolina plant and is expected to arrive in US BMW Centers by the end of 2010.

Design: Exterior

The design of the new BMW X3 conveys elegance, agility and ruggedness. Up front, the forward-slanting BMW kidney grille and large headlight assembly combine with a powerful-looking front apron and hood boasting six contour lines sweeping down to meet at the kidney grill, giving the BMW X3 a bold presence. The twin round headlights combined with the round fog lamps form the triangular light pattern that is characteristic of BMW SAV design. The upper edge of the headlight assembly sports an accentuating chrome trim, creating the focused design typical of BMW vehicles. BMW’s signature "Corona Rings" are again illuminated to function as the daytime running lights. When equipped with the optional Xenon headlights, the Corona Rings and daytime running lights are illuminated by bright white LEDs.
The profile of the new BMW X3 is also characterized by a unique interpretation of typical BMW X design features. Powerfully flared wheel arches and the short front and rear overhangs emphasize the robust character of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. The dynamic appearance of the silhouette is accentuated by three characteristic lines. The new BMW X3’s brand-typical upper contour line at door handle level rises steeply at first within the front wheel arch area, then flows gently to the rear. Two additional subtle lines follow this contour line above the wheel arches.

The rear is characterized by horizontal lines, underlining the new BMW X3’s robust character. Precise lines and expressively modeled surfaces create attractive light and shadow effects. The taillights, which are located far to the outside, have a distinctive T-shape that is characteristic of the BMW X3. LED light bars create a distinctive BMW night-time design signature.

Dimensionally, compared to its predecessor the new X3 is a half-inch (12mm) taller, 3.36-inches (83mm) longer, 1.1-inches (28mm) wider, and features a half-inch (12mm) more ground clearance. It rides on a wheelbase which is 0.6-inches (15mm) longer, at 110.6 inches (2810mm).

Interior: First-class ambience, intelligent functionality.

A generous and versatile spatial concept, high-grade materials and a characteristic three-dimensional surface design provide the interior of the new BMW X3 with a modern, premium ambience and intelligent functionality. The horizontal lines of the instrument panel accentuate the width of the interior. The driver orientated cockpit, a hallmark of BMW design, is emphasized by the asymmetrically designed center console. The Central Display of the optional navigation system with fourth generation BMW iDrive is harmoniously integrated into the instrument panel. The system features in 8.8-inch high-resolution trans-reflective screen that is the largest on-board monitor in its vehicle segment. Throughout the vehicle, new BMW X3 has a large number of storage compartments, trays and cup holders.

The raised seating position facilitates egress and ingress, while providing outstanding outward visibility. The three rear seats offer outstanding comfort for travelling long distances and significantly more leg and elbow room than its predecessor. With EU-measured cargo volume between 19 and 56.6 cu.ft. (550 and 1,600 liters), the luggage compartment of the new BMW X3 is the largest in its segment. At the same time, the versatility with which available space can be adapted to suit each personal requirement is also unrivalled. The rear seat backrests can be split at a ratio 60 : 40 and can be folded down either individually or together. The optional rear seats with ski pass-through has three segments of 40 : 20 : 40 can be folded down individually or in combination making it possible to adapt the luggage compartment in varying degrees according to need.

The BMW X3 xDrive28i: 6-cylinder power for the entry model.

For the US, the entry-level BMW X3 xDrive28i will feature BMW’s award-winning magnesium/aluminum 3.0-liter inline-6. In 2006 and 2007, the "N52" was awarded the distinction of being one of Wards 10 Best Engines of the Year. Its magnesium/aluminum construction, Valvetronic variable valve lift and Double-VANOS are features found only on BMW engines, and it is currently the lightest six cylinder engine for its size class in the world. The N52 in the BMW X3 is rated at 240 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 230 lb-ft of torque between 2,600 and 3,000 rpm.

That’s good enough to accelerate from 0 - 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. That’s nearly a half-second quicker than the previous BMW X3 xDrive30i equipped with an automatic transmission.

The BMW X3 xDrive35i: Class leading performance and efficiency.

The new top model BMW X3 xDrive35i features BMW’s newest turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 "N55" engine combining direct fuel injection, twin-scroll turbo technology and Valvetronic. The N55 engine develops a maximum output of 300 hp at 5,800 rpm, with peak torque of 300 lb-ft available all the way from 1,200-5,000 rpm. Redline is 7,000 rpm.

This engine enables the BMW X3 xDrive35i to sprint from 0 to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds (preliminary). Top speed is electronically limited to 150mph when fitted with the optional Sport Package.

Both the BMW X3 xDrive28i and the X3 xDrive35i will offer not only the most dynamic driving characteristics in their categories, but also by far the most favorable fuel consumption and emission levels within their class. EPA fuel efficiency estimates will be provided closer to the on-sale date in the United States.

Playing a supporting role: The innovative new 8-speed automatic transmission.

Like many new BMW models, the new BMW X3 features an 8-speed automatic transmission which brings smooth shifting, sportiness and efficiency to new levels of perfection. Compared to the exemplary 6-speed automatic offered previously, the 8-speed has "taller" cruising gears that make a significant contribution to reduced fuel consumption and emissions, as well as quietness. Its wider spread of ratios from lowest to highest gear enhances acceleration and response across the range of driving speeds. The revolutionary design even allows for direct shifts from 8th gear to 2nd gear for maximum acceleration.

This new automatic’s attributes have been achieved via an innovative concept that provides the two additional ratios (7 and 8) with no increase in bulk or weight. In a ground-breaking arrangement, four planetary gearsets and five clutch packs are controlled in a way that no more than two of the five clutch packs are freewheeling at any given time. The modest increase in the number of mechanical elements allows the new transmission to achieve unusually high efficiency. The so-called "gearing efficiency" is higher than 98% in all eight gears. . In 6th, gearing efficiency is at its optimum because that is a direct drive. Combine this with reduced friction and the ability to keep the torque converter "locked up" more of the total driving time, and the transmission becomes very much a part of the overall BMW EfficientDynamics concept.

Two additional gears mean threefold progress: quicker shifts, greater smoothness, enhanced efficiency.

The wider spread of ratios allows the engine to run at lower speeds, often in the "tallest" gear, 8th. Yet even with this wider spread, the steps between adjacent gears are reduced; in turn this means a stronger, smoother flow of power during acceleration.

Faster shifts are a further benefit because only one clutch pack is disengaged to shift up or down by one or two gears. On the other hand, downshifting more than two gears is accomplished as a direct shift. For example, a downshift from 8th to 2nd gear is made with only one clutch pack disengagement, and thus occurs without stepping down through the intermediate gears. So, at one instant the driver can be enjoying the quiet, fuel-efficient low rpm of 8th gear, and in the next instant getting maximum acceleration.

New suspension, xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, and made-to-measure dynamics.

The new BMW X3 features standard xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. Now in its third generation, BMW xDrive has been revised to incorporate even more flexibility, quicker response and improved handling characteristics. The new system marks a significant evolution in xDrive capabilities, which has always depended upon a networking of Dynamic Stability Control and the xDrive system. With the overall Integrated Chassis Management system, all three control circuits work in parallel. This refined interaction achieves even quicker reactions to changing driving conditions and enhances xDrive’s already outstanding handling dynamics.

BMW xDrive is unique in design and construction. In normal conditions, driving torque is always transmitted to the rear wheels, and most of the time to all four wheels. Normal torque split is 40% front/60% rear. The portion of torque transmitted to the front wheels is controlled by a multi-disc clutch that can be fully open (100% to the rear), fully engaged or at any level of partial engagement in between. The torque split between rear and front wheels is thus steplessly variable. Engagement pressure on the multi-disc clutch is directed by an electronic control system in response to actual road and driving conditions. This gives xDrive a dynamic ability that is unparalleled by other all-wheel drive systems.

The new BMW X3 also features completely redeveloped suspension technology. The combination of a double-joint spring-strut suspension at the front and a multi-link rear suspension provides the foundation for agility and driving comfort. The standard Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering contributes to the BMW X3’s precise handling.

The BMW X3’s optional Electronic Damping Control adjusts the shock absorbers to any level of firmness, quickly adapting to road conditions and the driver’s demands.. Suspension control is always optimum for current road conditions, vehicle speed, and load. The shocks default to the softest appropriate setting for the vehicle’s speed, and when the vehicle encounters an irregular road surface, they adjust instantaneously to control ride motions, preserve ride comfort, and maintain adhesion to the road. The system is so fast that even at highway speeds the system can sense a pothole at a front wheel and adjust rear-wheel damping before it reaches the same pothole. The Electronic Damping Control option includes a new Performance Control feature on the BMW X3. Performance Control helps the X3 maintain a neutral handling character by adjusting the xDrive torque split to 20% front/80% rear in steady state cornering. Performance Control can also apply the inside rear brake while also applying a little more power to the outside wheel (to compensate for the additional drag of the brake) in order to help rotate the vehicle.

Adjacent to the E-Shift lever on the BMW X3’s center console is the optional Driving Dynamics Control selector (included with EDC). DDC provides three settings that tailor vehicle characteristics to different drivers, one driver’s different moods, driving conditions - or all of the above. The settings are Normal, Sport and Sport Plus; the following vehicle-dynamics parameters are affected:
Shock-absorber firmness (within the Electronic Damping Control system)
Engine throttle response
Transmission shift characteristics
Power-steering assist level
Dynamic Stability Control mode

The BMW X3’s driving dynamics can be widely controlled by these different calibrations of so many elements. In addition, when equipped with the Navigation system, the driver may use iDrive to custom-tailor the Sport setting.

Just ahead of the Driving Dynamics Control switch is the Dynamic Stability Control switch for BMW’s all-encompassing stability- and traction-control system. A brief push on this button switches the system to Dynamic Traction Control, in which DSC’s intervention threshold is raised; one effect of this setting is improved traction in deep snow. A long push on the same button de-activates DSC altogether, though the anti-lock braking and anti-rollover functions always remain active.

An extensive range of standard and optional BMW ConnectedDrive functions.

BMW ConnectedDrive comprises all offers and technologies which connect our vehicles, drivers and passengers, and the outside world. ConnectedDrive is comprised of three main pillars: Convenience, Infotainment, and Safety. Each of these three pillars operates and interacts seamlessly with iDrive and other onboard controls to create a unique and unmatched experience for both the driver and passengers.

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First images of the 2011 BMW X3

First images of the 2011 BMW X3

BMW will unveil the first details on the second generation X3 tomorrow, but until then the first official images of the car have already surfaced on the Internet. The public debut will be made in September at the Paris Auto Show.

The new BMW X3 will ride on an adapted four-wheel drive system from the all-new European 3-Series and will feature an additional 15 millimeters added to the wheelbase. On the exterior it will feature a more prominent grille plus new wraparound headlights. On the interior the materials will be of good quality and the instruments and switchgear will be comparable to those found on the 5-Series. The added size helps interior space and rear seat legroom by 20mm.

Under the hood, the UK market will be getting four different engine types. Don’t expect the U.S market to receive the same treatment, as the two turbo-diesels will most likely stay in Europe. The gas-powered motors will be a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that will produce 268 horsepower, while a 302 horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter will also be available.

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2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3

Today, BMW revealed the first official details of the second generation X3 prior to its debut in Paris. Let’s just hope it looks better than the old one did.

Prices for the new model will be around the same as the outgoing model, as the new X3 has been completely redesigned and re-engineered. BMW hopes that the changes will help the second generation X3 sell as well as the first generation did. Chances are it will, as the BMW badge is worth its weight in gold these days. In fact, the old X3, despite being ugly as sin, has sold over 600,000 models since 2003.

The pictures of the pre-production prototype show the new X3 better than ever. It appears that the new X3 will retain the two-box silhouette and the hard edged styling that graced the old X3.

UPDATE 07/14/2010: BMW will reveal the 2011 X3 tomorrow, but today we have received the first leaked images thanks to a leaked brochure! Check them out after the jump!

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2011 BMW X3 teased

2011 BMW X3 teased

If you were wondering when BMW will unveil the 2011 X3 crossover, then your wait is over. The BMW Netherlands official page unveiled the first teaser images of the future model.

The new X3’s exterior design will be inspired by the CS Concept and will feature a more prominent grille plus new wraparound headlights. The X3 will also get an improved interior making it a worthy competitor for models like the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes GLK.

Of course, if you want to feast your eyes on a closer look of the X3 then click here to check out the video some guy took when he just waltzed up to a camouflaged X3 over in Munich.

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Video: A walk-through around a camouflaged 2011 BMW X3

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What’s the point of camouflaging a prototype if someone can just waltz in with a video camera and spend a good two-and-a-half minutes video taping the car from every conceivable angle?

If you’ve seen this spy video taken of the 2011 BMW X3, then it’s a pretty fair question to ask. Shot somewhere near BMW’s headquarters in Munich, the video is pretty much a walk-through of the facelifted X3, except that it comes with a swirly paint exterior. The X3’s refreshed approach lends itself to a more aggressive front end that makes use of a three-section bumper with an integrated splitter. You’ll also notice that the 2011 X3’s front end is a little rounder than its predecessor and has more of a pug-nosed look to it.

Overall, the changes do make for a refreshed-looking X3, which, we can imagine, is what BMW was going for in the first place. Check out the video and see it for yourself.

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Camouflaged BMW X3 mistaken for car bomb in New York City museum

Camouflaged BMW X3 mistaken for car bomb in New York City museum

You know paranoia over potential bomb scares are at an all-time high in New York when a camouflaged BMW X3 was mistaken by frightened New Yorkers for a car bomb after the SUV was left running just outside the Museum of Natural History.

What these seemingly clueless New Yorkers failed to realize was that the SUV was merely a prototype of the new X3, which was being taken for a quick test drive along Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Nonetheless, the paranoid New Yorkers decided to alert the NYPD of the supposed ’car bomb’, who then decided to shut down Central Park West to investigate the vehicle.

After careful investigation, which included talking to BMW Executive Martin Birkmann, who promptly informed them that the camouflaged X3 was his and he mistakenly (silly, silly man) left the engine running just outside the Museum of Natural History, the NYPD determined that there was no imminent threat to the new X3.

While we can’t fault those who thought the X3 was a car bomb given all the bomb scares happening around the city lately, we figured that they would have at least known what a test car looks like, even if it’s covered in a considerable amount of camouflage.

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2010 BMW X3 Police Car

2010 BMW X3 Police Car

Police vehicles seem to be all over the news lately and the cars seem to be getting sweeter and sweeter with every headline. Of course, it’s no surprise that Germany has opted for another BMW model for their next police car. They prefer to use vehicles that have been built on their own soil sych as Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and Opel. The German police are currently testing a prototype of a new emergency vehicle based on the BMW X3 and developed in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, the highway police, and the police unions.

The BMW X3 Police car is distinguished by powerful and novel arranged LED lights in both the closed and opened tailgate. There are also striking LED tail-speed cameras at the side of the vehicle and at the bottom of the tailgate. Additional signal effect is achieved by a reflective luggage grid with foil and other indicators. In addition, the entire lower area of the tailgate is coated with a reflective foil. The front end has optimum visibility. For this purpose, two front flashers were integrated below the BMW kidney and another LED signal unit in the middle of the windshield.

The innovative safety concept was implemented on a BMW X3 xDrive30d powered by a 218 hp straight-six diesel engine. The intelligent all-wheel drive BMW xDrive offers the highest stability and optimum traction under all operating conditions.

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BMW introduces the X-Family

BMW introduces the X-Family

With the release of the new BMW X1, it was only a matter of time before BMW released a new set of family photos featuring the ‘X-Family’ and its latest addition to the clan. As part of a marketing campaign designed to introduce customers to the ‘X-Family’, BMW released these photos showing all four SUVs posing and mugging for the camera. Of course, cars can’t really do that but you get the picture.

While the X1 is of course a new model, BMW doesn’t have plans on redesigning the X5 and the X6 for another few years. The odd one out in this photo is the X3, which BMW is set to drop by the end of the year to pave way for the next-generation model to be launched sometime in 2010 along with the X4 that is if rumors surrounding the coupe-SUV hybrid become more than just hearsay.

In the meantime, the entry-level SUV title has been transferred to the X1, which incidentally, is already out in the European market.

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2012 BMW X3 spied

2012 BMW X3 spied

With the work on the compact crossover X1 done, BMW has moved their attention on to the next SUV planned for their lineup, the next generation X3. Internally known as the F25, the new BMW X3 will make its world debut sometime in 2011.

The new X3 will be built on the same platform as the next generation 3-Series and will feature much more conservative bodywork than before. The X3 will feature improved aerodynamics, thanks to a number of clever aero tweaks to the underside of the car, as well as a few flaps that direct air flow into the intakes. When the crossover utility vehicle does go on sale, expect for the engine lineup to include everything from a 175 HP 2.0 Liter diesel unit to the twin turbocharged straight six displacing 3.0 Liters and producing 305 HP.

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X1 crossover is a hit, even before BMW puts the compact 1-Series into production

X1 crossover is a hit, even before BMW puts the compact 1-Series into production

You know you’re doing well with your marketing when demand for a crossover of a car that hasn’t been produced yet is gaining steam.

That’s the scenario BMW finds itself in when the BMW X1, which will be released in introduced in Europe at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, is now scheduled to have a US version to be released in 2011.

It’s a good place to be in for the guys at BMW, considering the way the ongoing economic crisis has slowed own auto sales all over the world. Before it was officially released by BMW, photos of the X1 were already being circulated in the Internet where it has received a string of positive reviews from auto aficionados everywhere.

Continued after the jump.

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The next generation BMW X3 will be unveiled in December

The next generation BMW X3 will be unveiled in December

With automakers cutting costs and downsizing their line-ups, now is the perfect time for automobile manufacturers to hype up their smaller offerings, like BMW’s compact crossover, the X3.

The CEO of BMW North America, Jim O’Donnell, announced in a recent interview, that the next generation BMW X3 will make its word debut this upcoming December. Production of the current model has already been slowed down in order to generate demand for the both the future X3 and X1 CUVs.

Compared with the current X3, the future BMW will have a lower roof line and even more rounded edges giving the vehicle a much sportier appearance. The next X3 will also be larger, measuring in at 4.65 meters long, 1.85 meters wide and 1.68 meters tall.

Under the hood BMW has found room for four different diesel engines and two gasoline burning ones. The new BMW X3’s biggest competition will come from other compact crossovers like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK. We will have to wait and see how the Bavarian automaker does at the end of this year.

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2009 BMW X3 xDrive 18d

2009 BMW X3 xDrive 18d

BMW added today a new entry level to the X3 lineup for it’s European customers. The new X3 xDrive 18d is the most efficient model in the lineup, with a fuel consumption of 45.6 mpg and a CO2 emission of 165 g/km.

The new BMW X3 xDrive18d is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel that delivers 143 hp. The new BMW X3 xDrive18d accelerates from a standstill to 62 mph in just 10.3 seconds and has a top speed of 21 mph.

With the addition of the new engine, BMW is now offering a choice of three petrol-engine models with power output ranging from 150 hp to 272 hp and four diesel models culminating in the 286 hp BMW X3 xDrive35d as the most dynamic performer in the range.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 BMW X3 Limited Sport Edition

2009 BMW X3 Limited Sport Edition

BMW may be working on an actual M edition for the X5 and X6, but their little brother, the X3, doesn’t want to be left out. Like a good mother, BMW is going to make sure the little one gets to play along too, but it also knows the small X3 is just to little to handle the power of a big engine. That’s why the X3 gets to look like a Motorsport car.

It’s called the X3 Limited Sport Edition, and it includes 19-inch M alloy wheels, M leather steering wheel, sport seats and xenon headlights. This X3 also features M aerodynamic bodywork and a retuned suspension. The package is available across the X3 line for 2009. Starting at €7,250 for the X3 with 150 hp gas engine and topping out at €7,900 for the X3 xDrive35d (diesel).

BMW also knows better than to let its little one play too far from home, so the X3 Limited Sport Edition will likely be limited to Europe.

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2009 BMW X3 Rescue Vehicle

2009 BMW X3 Rescue Vehicle

BMW will come to the Geneva Motor Show with the X3 xDrive20d emergency rescue vehicle. Powered by a 177 bhp engine, the X3 Rescue vehicle is the perfect choice in any medical rescue situations.

The exterior of the BMW X3 is in plain white, with contrasting reflective red film and red stripes on the sides and boot lid, and double strips on the bonnet, to render the vehicle’s special function visible even at a distance. To further increase its visibility, the car’s contour markings have integrated reflective gaps on the sides and at the bottom of the boot lid.

Naturally, like any emergency rescue vehicle, it is also fitted with a special roof-mounted alarm system, including a blue light, an electronic siren, and an LED display with the word NOTARZT ("emergency doctor").

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2009 BMW X3 Edition Exclusive and Lifestyle

2009 BMW X3 Edition Exclusive and Lifestyle

BMW added two new X3 special edition for the 2009 MY: the Editions Lifestyle and Exclusive. Starting autumn 2008 the BMW X3 will be available with no less than six different engines ranging from 150 hp all the way to 286 hp.

The 2.0-litre gasoline entry-level model will now be designated “BMW X3 xDrive20i”, and the most powerful diesel model driven by BMW’s 3.0-litre straight-six with Variable Twin Turbo will now bear the name “BMW X3 xDrive35d”.

The Edition Lifestyle highlights in particular the modern flair and sporting agility of the BMW X3. The vehicle comes with a wide range of paintwork colours made up of new Space Grey metallic and eight further colours. Additional highlights accentuating the impressive look of the Lifestyle model are 18-inch light-alloy rims in double-spoke design on the BMW X3 xDrive35d and, respectively, 17-inch V-spoke wheels on all other model variants.

The Edition Exclusive combines the sophisticated features so typical of the BMW X3 with particularly stylish flair and appearance. Outside, the new colour Mineral Green metallic exclusive to this Edition bears out these qualities in truly ideal style, with an alternative choice of no less than nine other paintwork colours.

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