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NYIAS 2011: BMW X3 – The Future High Volume Car for BMW

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With sales exceeding expectations, the new BMW X3 is shaping to become, in terms of sales, a high-volume car for BMW. Produced at the Spartanburg …

With sales exceeding expectations, the new BMW X3 is shaping to become, in terms of sales, a high-volume car for BMW. Produced at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, the new revamped X3 premium SAV aims to regain the segment lead dominated in 2010 by the Audi Q5 and Mercedes GLK.

In the US, the top-mode is the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i which features BMW’s newest turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 “N55” engine combining direct fuel injection, twin-scroll turbo technology and Valvetronic. The N55 engine develops a maximum output of 300 hp at 5,800 rpm, with peak torque of 300 lb-ft available all the way from 1,200–5,000 rpm. Redline is 7,000 rpm.

NYIAS 2011: BMW X3   The Future High Volume Car for BMW

This engine enables the X3 xDrive35i to sprint from 0 to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 150mph when fitted with the optional Sport Package.

The second variant offered on US soil, the X3 xDrive28i produces 240 horsepower and 221 lb-feet of torque. The engine is matted to the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission that not only offers smooth shifting, but also increased fuel efficiency. Official 0 to 60 mph is just under 7 seconds.

The new model was built under the codename F25 and while maintaining the “boxy” look, the 2011 X3 is a half-inch taller, 3.4 inches longer and 1.1 inches wider than the current model, aligning in size with the first generation BMW X5. The X3 sports flared wheel arches and more aggressive design cues. The dynamic side creases around the fenders are becoming a common trait in recent models.

Inside, the second generation X3 corrects some of the shortcomings seen in previous model, and some of these changes were based on customer’s feedback. The door panels are fully upholstered with higher quality leather, contrast stitching and increased quality of craftsmanship. More wood trim has been added giving the car a more premium look. The center console also grew in size and sports some of the controls seen in the X5 with the now usual orange backlit.

NYIAS 2011: BMW X3   The Future High Volume Car for BMW

To remain competitive in a segment dominated last year by the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK, BMW of North America set a starting price for the xDrive28i at $37,625, approximately $2,000 below the 2010 model, and also with more standard equipment including Bluetooth and an iPod/USB interface. The top-model with TwinPower starts at $41,925.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

    Why does BMW insist on adding fake wood to their cars ? Last time it was popular in the early 90’s.
    The only thing that I and many others would buy is the dark bamboo or piano-black interior besides the aluminium or carbon fiber trims. Some of the 3 series has a nice synthetic layer interior, can’t figure out what is that but looks very good for an entry level car.
    In a basic car/SAV like the X3 the fake wood looks tacky and so last season. I know I would not order it and if I buy a used car with it, I will either cover it with carbon fiber or have it painted.
    Wood looks good in a traditional car like Bentley, Rolls, even in a Town car, Cadillac but not in a BMW. Worst application I have seen ?
    A 2006 BMW M5 with a silver exterior white interior and light color wood. It was good enough to vomit inside. All that with the cheap looking E60 interior made it look like a ’80’s Lincoln Continental.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

    Why does BMW insist on adding fake wood to their cars ? Last time it was popular in the early 90’s.
    The only thing that I and many others would buy is the dark bamboo or piano-black interior besides the aluminium or carbon fiber trims. Some of the 3 series has a nice synthetic layer interior, can’t figure out what is that but looks very good for an entry level car.
    In a basic car/SAV like the X3 the fake wood looks tacky and so last season. I know I would not order it and if I buy a used car with it, I will either cover it with carbon fiber or have it painted.
    Wood looks good in a traditional car like Bentley, Rolls, even in a Town car, Cadillac but not in a BMW. Worst application I have seen ?
    A 2006 BMW M5 with a silver exterior white interior and light color wood. It was good enough to vomit inside. All that with the cheap looking E60 interior made it look like a ’80’s Lincoln Continental.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      But I do like the X3 ! ! ! Besides the wood, everything looks good on the inside too. Not too much fan of the “new” shift lever/selector switch but I got used to it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      But I do like the X3 ! ! ! Besides the wood, everything looks good on the inside too. Not too much fan of the “new” shift lever/selector switch but I got used to it.

    • 06530-6M

      BMW does not use fake wood in their interiors dude. Not sure why you think it’s plastic. Covered with a protective glaze, of course, but it’s real. And if you don’t like the wood look you don’t order it that way! That’s like complaining about a white iPod vs a black one. Buy what you want and don’t worry about what someone (or many others) like. I’ve seen the light wood in an M5 and thought it was striking. To each his own…

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  • Jerry

    I wish Adaptive Cruise Control was an option on the X3 along with ventilated multi contour seats. Those are the two big options I want on my next car. I guess I’ll have to go with the 5 series with fold down rear seats.

  • Jerry

    I wish Adaptive Cruise Control was an option on the X3 along with ventilated multi contour seats. Those are the two big options I want on my next car. I guess I’ll have to go with the 5 series with fold down rear seats.

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