BMW has released the first official pictures and videos of the new X3 Sports Activity Vehicle who was introduced in 2003 and sold over 600,000 copies so far. The second-generation X3 (project code F25) measuring 465 cm in length (+8.3 cm), 188 cm wide (+2.8 cm) and 171 cm in height (+1.2 cm), while step increases of 1.5 cm to reach 281 cm. Size should be attributed more to the new platform borrowed from the E90 3 Series, which has the xDrive all-wheel drive system (third generation) with distribution of torque between the two axles to 40/60 standard conditions, and up to 100 % in situations of low grip. In the course of 2011 will be further introduced the Performance Control system designed to transfer up to 80% of the total torque on the driven wheel outside the trajectory – while the inside is slowed down – in order to facilitate travel in curves.
This device can be combined with the Electronic Damping Control to manage the response of dampers, gas pedal, steering and transmission according to operating modes Normal, Sport and Sport Plus The new BMW X3 is available with ZF automatic transmission eight reports (standard for 6L), while the four cylinders are matched to a six-time manual clutches. Obviously can not miss the EfficientDynamics plus for the first time the Start & Stop. The interior is characterized by the renewed iDrive system with 8.8 inch screen, place the head of a center console with more polished and more valuable materials. The going has a load volume between 550 and 1,600 liters.
The BMW X3 F25 has an engine range of only two units, one diesel and one petrol. It starts with the 2.0 diesel 184 bhp with xDrive20d (380nm, 0-100km/h in 8,5 seconds and 5.6 l/100 km), while the top is the xDrive35i (400nm, 0-100 km/h in 5,7 seconds and 8.8 l/100km) equipped with 3.0 TwinPowerTurbo with 306 bhp. For the North American market are also proposals xDrive30d with 6-cylinder 3.0 with 245 hp and the xDrive28i with the 3.0 from 240CV. The Bavarian SAV will be presented during the Paris Motor Show (2-17 October).
A few hours after releasing official images BMW completes the launch of the new X3 releasing the first videos: