The folks over at InsideLine took their turn at driving the new 2011 BMW X3. While the car continues to be slightly camouflaged, our interest lies within the driving experience and what the new F25 X3 would bring into the U.S. market.
Let’s see an excerpt from their review.
Drives Like a Grown-Up Now
Even though the new X3 is set to be taken more seriously with all its bigger dimensions, the xDrive28i and the xDrive35i models weigh 45 pounds less than their corresponding outgoing models. We’ve still got loads of sheet steel on this small family-activity tank, but now the cast-aluminum, front and rear axle assemblies are lighter yet more rigid.
Thanks to less weight (the X3 is at about 4,000 pounds at the curb now), greater rigidity where needed, 17 percent more power and 31 percent more torque, the xDrive35i is a sincere piece of work that will have many more people in the X5 market thinking sort of smaller.
In rough terms, the 2012 BMW X3 looks exactly like the new X5, only smaller. We like the more mature presence of the X3 in this version, since keeping a SUV from looking quite so honking huge is a healthy thing. At the same time, it’s substantial enough to keep traditional sport-utility buyers from thinking that they’re giving up very much.
Passenger cabin space has been increased to accommodate the demands of the U.S. market.
Inside, the room for more American-size bodies has been maximized with a veritable mile of headroom in front and back, plus eight-tenths of an inch more rear knee room. All of this is appreciated and should immediately put this X3 on more shopping lists than the outgoing model managed. Basic cargo room is up to 19.4 cubic feet behind the second-row seat, an increase of almost 3 cubic feet.
So far the reviews of the new 2011 BMW X3 are quite promising. The bar has been already raised by the first generation X3 which turned out to be a successful model for BMW, therefore, the expectations are higher this time.