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BMW to introduce 2nd Generation X3

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Text: / Photos: courtesy of BMW Group | posted July 17, 2010 13:07

Promising to set a new bar in its class

BMW is set to introduce the all new X3 Sport Activity Vehicle, promising to set a new bar in the class.

The 2nd generation of BMW's popular SAV combines BMW's X character with a dynamically stretched silhouette to produce an elegant, durable and sporting car. The typically characteristic upright kidney grille and triangular headlight arrangement of BMW X models is reflected in the front end of the X3 ensuring a powerful presence, further emphasized by the flared wheelarches and short wheelbase. Meanwhile the horizontal rear lines on the rear emphasize the X3's robust character.

High-grade materials and intelligent packaging are integral to the new BMW X3's interior. As always, the asymmetrical instrument panel and center console are orientated towards the driver, while the latest generation iDrive, with 6.5-inch screen as standard, ensures all infotainment capabilities are easily accessible.

Throughout the cabin are a large number of storage compartments, trays and cup holders. The three rear seats offer outstanding comfort for traveling long distances and significantly more leg and elbow room compared to its predecessor.

With a volume of between 550 and 1,600 liters, the luggage compartment of the new BMW X3 is also one of the best in its segment. But it is not just about pure volume - usable space is essential to the SAV customer, and the new BMW X3 has an adaptable interior which can be changed to suit personal requirements.

The rear seat backrests can be split 60:40 as standard or as an option 40:20:40 where the three segments can be folded down either individually or together. In this way it is possible to adapt the luggage compartment according to requirements.

Offering unrivaled levels of performance and efficiency is BMW's philosophy no matter what type of car and this concept has been applied to the Sports Activity Vehicle sector too. As a result, the new BMW X3 xDrive20d now offers better performance and higher efficiency than before

Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with aluminum crankcase and common rail direct injection, it delivers a maximum power output of 184hp at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 380 Nm between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. This results in a zero-62mph time of 8.5 seconds, reaching top speed of 130mph, yet CO2 emissions for this four-wheel drive vehicle are only 149g/km, with average fuel consumption of 50.4 mpg.