2011 BMW X3

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With production expected to start at the company's Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, the 2011 BMW X3 features a balder exterior design than looks more 'simplified' comparing to the model it replaces, while at the interior customers will get premium quality through a combination of leather, wood and aluminium plus a driver oriented center console.

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BMW X3 (2011)

BMW X3 (2011)

The 2011 BMW X3 will offer more luggage space than any of its competitors as the boot capacity is 550 or 1600 liters with the rear seats folded and and motorisation options at launch will include a 3.0-litre inline-six that produces 240 HP and 230 lb-ft of torque which will go on the C3 xDrive28i and a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six that outputs 300 HP and 00 lb-ft of torque for the X3 xDrive35i version. With the first powering option accelerating from 0 to 60 mph will take 6.7 seconds while the 300 HP version will take only need 5.5 seconds, and onto a top speed of 250 Km/h (electronically limited). Both these engines will use an 8-speed automatic transmission and starting from 2011 a third powerplant will be available to Europeans, and that is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that will be badged as the xDrive20d and which will deliver 184 HP and 280-lb-ft of torque. This version will need 8.5 seconds to hit 100 Km/h from a stand still, with a maximum speed of 210 Km/h, and power will be sent to the wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Towards the end of 2011 the automaker says it will introduce more petrol and diesel engine options.

The 2011 BMW X3 price was not announced yet.

BMW press release :

• Second generation of the Sports Activity Vehicle with significantly increased space, optimised functionality and enhanced driving comfort.
• Strengthening of leading position in terms of agility and efficiency through new engines, eight-speed automatic transmission, innovative suspension technology and BMW EfficientDynamics.
• Two engine variants at time of market launch: BMW X3 xDrive20d with four-cylinder diesel engine (135 kW/184 bhp) and BMW X3 xDrive35i with straight six-cylinder petrol engine (225 kW/306 bhp).
• Auto Start Stop function featured for the first time in conjunction with six-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
• Four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive harmonised for optimised driving dynamics featured as standard, Performance Control optional.
• Newly conceived suspension technology, electric power steering featured for the first time in a BMW X model, variable sports steering optional.
• First BMW X model with optional Damper Control and Dynamic Drive Control.
• Highest degree of interior variability thanks to folding and 40 : 20 : 40-split rear seat backrests, maximum luggage compartment volume: 1,600 litres.
• Range of BMW ConnectedDrive options unique in the segment: Head-up Display, Internet access, reversing camera with Top View.


• Engine variants:
BMW X3 xDrive20d: Straight four-cylinder diesel engine with aluminium crankcase, turbocharger and Common Rail direct injection,
displacement: 1,995 cc, power output: 135 kW/184 bhp at 4,000 rpm,
max. torque: 380 Nm at 1,750 – 2,750 rpm,
acceleration [0 – 100 km/h]: 8.5 seconds,
top speed: 210 km/h,
average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.6 litres/100 km,
CO2 emission according to EU: 149 g/km,
exhaust emission standard: EU5.
BMW X3 xDrive35i: Straight six-cylinder petrol engine with
BMW TwinPower Turbo, direct injection and VALVETRONIC,
displacement: 2,979 cc, power output: 225 kW/306 bhp at 5,800 rpm,
max. torque: 400 Nm at 1,300 rpm,
acceleration [0 – 100 km/h]: 5.7 seconds,
top speed: 245 km/h,
average fuel consumption according to EU: 8.8 litres/100 km,
CO2 emission according to EU: 204 g/km,
exhaust emission standard: EU5.

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This article was published on 2010/11/29