BMW is expanding its family models of X index successfully: new BMW X3 combines dynamic and typical BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) feature. Premiere of BMW X3 took place at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September 2003. Harbinger became the prototype of xActivity, shown last winter in Detroit.
BMW X3 is a luxury crossover with very compact sizes. The first generation of BMW X3 was released in Austrian plant in 2003 and the second generation was announced in September 1, 2010. BMW X3 obtained incredible popularity, as more than 600 000 units was sold worldwide in 7 years after its release, but despite this, the pride of Bavarian company replaces the model with BMW X5. Body of BMW X3 was designed in a modern style and on its alternating concave surface and convex shape, making model totally original and unique appearance, which can be considered as vehicle of representative of SUV class for other car companies. A short clearance and massive wheelbase give BMW X3 agility and at the same time the ability to conquer the most sudden turns and slopes. But despite this, BMW X3 can be seen as regular car on a flat road, since all its qualities of SUV are really nothing more than nice addition.
All-wheel-drive BMW X3 received six-cylindered engines: 2.5-liter rated at 184 HP, 3.0-liter motor provides dynamic movement. BMW X3 3.0i with 170 kW (231 HP) can reach speed of 210 km/h and with an optional high-speed configuration (Sports Complete Set) up to 224 km/h. Especially high torque of BMW X3 3.0d will delight any driver. Recently upgraded turbo diesel inline six-cylindered power unit - Common Rail second generation direct injection develops 150 kW (204 HP) and maximum torque of impressive 410 Nm. Also, this version of BMW X3 allows you maximize speed up to 218 km/h. Both options are standard engines whose gearbox is six-speed manual and optionally, you can get five-speed automatic Steptronic. In the future, other options can be offered.
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