The BMW X3 2011 Model Detailed
Powerful 300 horsepower engine and redesigned exterior for this new X3 model.
Leaner and meaner than before
The brand new second generation of the X3 will be making it official debut very soon, and it will boast a whole host of new features, styling and mechanics. Incorporated with BMW traits such as the corona-ring running lights and the twin kidney grille design; optional LED xeono headlights are also available. Some other noticeable features of the exterior are the large windows, and the fold that begins from the tip of the front wheels and then through to the tail lights, whist situated inside the fold are the door handles.
The overall size of the new X3 has increased when compared with the previous model. The new 2011 model is approximately ½ an inch taller, 3.4 inches longer and 1.1 inches wider. The width of the track has also been increased by 3.5 inches, and now there is more space between the axles; approximately 0.6 inches extra. BMW has stated that although there has been a size increase, the overall weight of the vehicle has been reduced. It weights about 50 pounds less than the previous model, this is due to the vehicle utilizing aluminum more throughout the structure.
Transmissions, Engines and Suspensions
BMW has claimed that the new base model version of the X3 that is equipped with the xDrive28i, 3.0 liter in-line 6 cylinder engine which produces 240 horsepower, is able to attain speeds of 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds; that's almost half a second faster than the previous X3 model. The more powerful xDrive35i, direct-injected, turbocharged in-line 6 cylinder engine which outputs 300 horsepower with 300 pound-foot of torque is capable of reaching 0-60 mph in an impressive 5.5 seconds. The only transmission available for this vehicle is the 8 speed automatic variation. The X3 is also incorporated with the third generation xDrive all wheel drive system, this will boast an improved stability control system.
Currently BMW hasn't provided the exact official details regarding the fuel efficiency of this new X3 model, although it is to be expected to remain close to the levels from the previous model. Estimated fuel efficiency is going to be between 16-17 mpg for city and 23-24 for highway driving.
The "Electronic Damping Control" is a new optional feature available on the X3 model, this enables the control of the shock absorbers either from the driver or by the electronic variable system. Also integrated within the "Electronic Damping Control" is the "Performance Control", this can alter the torque from the xDrive system to enable for improved cornering. For the new X3 model "Servotronic" comes as standard, this is basically power steering that is speed sensitive. Overall the vehicle provides great handling.
The appearance of the interior is just as stylish as everything else on this vehicle. The interior features an upgraded iDrive system with integrated 8.8 inch display, while the dashboard is generally more driver focused. There is adequate legroom within the vehicle, while also boasting an increased capacity cargo space; BMW has stated it has the largest cargo space within the segment. Another optional feature is the mobile Internet system named "Connected Drive"
Manufactured in the U.S.A
The pictures of the new X3 are more than enough to get excited about the arrival of this vehicle. And with production of this vehicle moving to the manufacturing facility in South Carolina, it's another good reason, especially for Americans to get excited about.