TruckTrend magazine quoting the UK lads at Autocar bring us yet another review of the soon-to-be released 2011 BMW X3. The second-generation X3 will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris motor show and set to go on sale in Europe in November. According to Munich officials, the UK pricing for the new X3 will be close to those of the outgoing model.
BMW hopes the revisions will help the car emulate the success of the first-generation model, sales of which have now topped the 600,000 mark worldwide since its introduction back in 2003.
Along with the new design, the F25 BMW X3 brings with it a series of technologies imported from other BMW models. The 2011 X3 also adopts a newly developed mechanical-electric steering system from Thyssen Krup in place of the ZF engineered hydraulic system found on the outgoing model.
Let’s find out their impressions of the car.
Inside, the new X3 sports noticeably higher quality dashboard and trim materials than its rather low rent predecessor – something BMW admits was necessary given the increased competition the new four-wheel drive faces. The instruments and switchgear are of a level comparable to those found in the new 5-series – and like that car, it also receives a new electronic handbrake mechanism.
The increased external dimensions helps improve interior accommodation; rear seat legroom has increased by 20mm and boot capacity extends by 80-litres to what BMW describes as a class leading 550-litres.
Riding on adapted four-wheel drive underpinnings from the all-new 3-series, the X3 has grown in every dimension. It it is 83mm longer, 29mm wider and 40mm higher than before. The wheelbase has been stretched by 15mm.
The increase in size better positions the X3, slotting it neatly between the recent introduced X1 and X5. Despite the increase in size, engineers reveal kerb weight has been reduced by 25kg in the entry level X3xDrive20d model.