Breaking: Automotive Media drive the new 2011 BMW X3

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Very unexpected and unusual of BMW to allow automotive journalists to test drive a car prior to its unveiling, but selected journalists in Europe had …

Very unexpected and unusual of BMW to allow automotive journalists to test drive a car prior to its unveiling, but selected journalists in Europe had the opportunity to spend some time behind the wheel of a camouflaged 2011 BMW X3.

And here are some new things that we have learned. The new F25 BMW X3 will come only in an all-wheel-drive flavor. Initially, the 2011 X3 will be offered with an 184 horsepower diesel engine and the 3.0 liter turbocharged petrol engine with 306 horsepower.

The new X3 has a striking resemblance to its big brother, the X5 SAV, and the similarities are even more noticeable inside the cabin. Unfortunately, the interior design was covered with the usual camouflage, and no dashboard photos were allowed.

Breaking: Automotive Media drive the new 2011 BMW X3

With the new F25 platform, the 2011 BMW X3 uses many components from both the 3 Series and 5 Series. The compact SAV grew in size 8 centimeters long, 3 cm wide and 1.2 cm in height. The wheelbase was also extended by 9 cm.

Breaking: Automotive Media drive the new 2011 BMW X3

In addition, the trunk volume has been increased by 70 liters up to 550, and the rear seats also benefit from a larger space, including more legroom. A less bulky transmission tunnel and lower ground facilitate better accessibility for rear passengers.

Breaking: Automotive Media drive the new 2011 BMW X3

Despite the dimensions increase, the new BMW X3 offers safety improvements and increased protection of pedestrians, since there is now a greater distance between the hood and engine, and the other mechanical elements that surround.

Breaking: Automotive Media drive the new 2011 BMW X3

At the initial launch, there are only two engines available, the 2.0 diesel 184 horsepower (xDrive20d), which lowers consumption by 15%, and the 3.0 six-cylinder petrol (xDrive35i), with 306 hp and 400 Nm peak torque. The latter has gone from using a twin-turbocharged to one turbo(N55 engine), with clear advantages in performance: it gives the same power and it uses 9% less fuel.

Gradually, the range will be expanded with new engines. First, a six-cylinder petrol engine with 256 hp (xDrive28i) launching in January next year. Later in Spring, another six-cylinder diesel with around 260 hp (xDrive30d) will appear. By the fall, the xDrive35d with 306 horsepower will be launched as well.

Breaking: Automotive Media drive the new 2011 BMW X3

The entry level models will use a new 4-cylinder petrol powerplant which is not available until late 2011 or early 2012.

All engines will be coupled with the excellent ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox. Only the four cylinders will have the option of being matted to manual six-speed transmissions.

EfficientDynamics is featured in all these models, incorporating Start-Stop system as standard.

The test drive conducted by Elmundo.es took place aboard the 2011 BMW X3 35i equipped with two interesting options: one, the adaptive chassis, which is offered for the first time in this model, and other, a sports gearbox, a variant of the eight-speed automatic transmission, which is faster in performance and features steering wheel paddles for manual sequential use.

For its part, the chassis has three levels of adaptive functions (Normal, Sport and Sport +); that selection acts on the damping firmness, hardness and the immediacy of throttle response.

The new X3 driving behavior gains in comfort and precision. Now, the rear suspension consists of five arms and. According to the same folks, the driving feel is very nice, with a variable electromechanical steering gear ratios that filter out irregularities.

Despite the increased size and greater demands on safety, the new X3 is also between 20 and 25 kilograms lighter, and the torsional rigidity of the body is higher.

Ultimately, all these aspects make for a car that illustrates the best compromise between stability and comfort for the occupants.

The current X3 will cease production at the Austrian Graz plant in late July, and the new model will be built exclusively at the Spartanburg, SC plant, with an initial capacity of 160,000 units per year that can reach 250,000.

[Source: Elmundo ]

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    • FreudeKing

      I AM SORRY TO SAY BUT THIS X3 IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER SHIT CAR. LOOK AT THE SIDE BY SIDE PICTURE AND TELL ME THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE. CUSTOMERS AND POTENTIAL BUYERS HAVE ALREADY SAID THAT THEY DO NOT LIKE THIS BOXY SHAPE, YET THEY STILL MAKE THE PUBLIC GOBBLE DOWN THEIR TRASHY DESIGNS. ALSO, AM I SEEING PURE CHEAP BLACK PLASTIC BUMPERS AGAIN? HAVE THEY NOT LEARNT THAT PEOPLE THINK THEY LOOK DEAD CHEAP, AND THEY MAKE THE CAR LOOK CHEAP?

      THIS CAR IS FAR FROM BEING SOMETHING THAT IS ELEGANT, THIS IS THE PREMIUM SEGMENT AND ELEGANCE SHOULD BE THE KEY. IF I WANTED A PURE 4X4, I WOULD HAVE PURCHASED LAND ROVER OR JEEP WITH BOXY SHAPES. WHOEVER CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF THAT INTERIOR COLOUR CLEARLY HAS NO TASTE AND THE PERSON WHO ALLOWED THIS COLOUR TO BE PUT ON A MARKETING CAR (TO THE PUBLIC) SHOULD BE SHOT!

      THIS THING IS YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Hamilton

    The old looks more sleek than the new one…

  • Babak

    Nice to know it’s shedding some weights. Not very much, but still nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000430802956 Aleksey Viktorov

    I thought it would be quite bigger that it’s seems on photos. Before smb. wrote “…new X3 would be like old X5″. Waiting for a challenge between Q5 and new X3.

    • plaxico

      no challenge there mate,x3 cant touch q5

      • viper

        you are hidden…beware…..this place cant handle the words A.U.D.I. and their HIGH i-Qs

        • FreudeKing

          Well, like ti or not, Audi is so close to BMW worlwide that it is about to dethrown BMW from being No.1 – AND FOR THOSE BMW EGG HEADED SUPPORTERS AND FANS WHO THINK THAT THIS IS HATE SPEECH OR BMW BASHING COMMENTS because I am not saying HAIL BMW even when they are clearly wrong, this is not, I am just stating a fact.

  • minifan

    The new X3 is F25! F30 is new 3 Series. Just thought I should clear that up….

  • kcsnyud

    The new x3 looks cool but it sucks that its gonna be similar to the x5

    • FreudeKing

      Don’t you worry, this is far from X5 material.

  • sam

    looks as usual like a piece of junk,BMW design team slept with Honda/Acura and together are creating mutant zombies,YUCK

  • viper

    this car is beyond ugly…bmw fans should admit that very easy now.

    • FreudeKing

      I agree based on the above boxy shapes. Is this from the times of the E30?

  • http://www.facebook.com/stanley.liu Stanluca Liu

    How can you tell if it’s ugly or not. It’s heavily camouflaged. You guys are just haters that prolly can’t even afford one to begin with.

    • FreudeKing

      You can see the overall shape. The shape is not hidden in a box – the only thing that is hidden are the shallow lines runing on the side of the car and that is not going to make the car less boxy and ugly.

    • FreudeKing

      not haters, but objective fans.

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