BMW expands the successful family of models with the X index: the BMW X3 combines the dynamics of a typical BMW with a wide range of applications for a sports vehicle (Sports Activity Vehicle – SAV). The crossover is based on the aggregates of the third Bavarian family. The premiere of the car took place at the International Automobile Exhibition (IAA), which was held in September 2003 in Frankfurt. The prototype for the model was the xActivity prototype, shown in Detroit in the winter. The long wheelbase and the short overhangs, as well as the roof drop, underline the dynamism. The alternate concave and convex surfaces give the X3 a fresh appearance. The effectively extended wheel arches and bright front give the crossover a strong character and emphasize that this car will feel safe in any situation. However, the priority for the improved performance of X3 on paved roads and off-road qualities is only a good addition. The new “Bavarian” traction on all four wheels received six-cylinder engines: 2.5 liters, developing 184 hp and 3.0 liters, providing dynamic movement of the vehicle. With a power of 170 kW (231 hp), the X3 3.0i develops 210 km / h, and with the optional high-speed setting (offered with a sports kit) accelerates to 224 km / h.
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Fans of particularly high torque will delight the X3 3.0d. The newly renovated six-cylinder in-line turbodiesel power unit with second-generation Common Rail direct injection develops 150 kW (204 hp) for the X3, and the maximum torque is 410 Nm. It also allows you to accelerate at a maximum speed of 210 km / h, and with the tuning speed even up to 218 km / h. Both variants of the engine are added as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox and, optionally, with a five-speed automatic transmission Steptronic. In the future, other engine options will be offered. The special difference X3 is a new intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive, which establishes a new scale in the field of dynamism of all-wheel drive models. xDrive provides an infinitely variable and smooth torque distribution between the front and rear wheels. The system immediately recognizes when a change in the distribution of the moment is necessary, and responds in a very short time. When driving on roads, the system, as a rule, reacts even before the wheel loses traction with the supporting surface.
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Thus, xDrive, for example, can, with a dynamic turn at any time, direct the moment to the corresponding axis and significantly reduce the risk of understeer or oversteer. Along the way, xDrive provides a tangible gain in dynamism, driving pleasure and at the same time safe. Such a chassis adjustment system, such as DSC, is included in the work much later compared to conventional all-wheel drive cars. In addition, xDrive provides the best performance on roads with problems or slippery surfaces, since the effort is sent to the wheels with the best grip in the shortest time possible if one of the wheels is threatened by slippage and, therefore, , lose traction with the supporting surface. The interior is much more automotive car covers than the exterior of the automobile. X3 interior is very similar in design solutions in the Z4 model – the same division of shapes and colors.
A wide selection of classic and modern sports materials and colors offers the most diverse possibilities for individual interior decoration. The optional color monitor navigation system appears modestly from the bowels when the corresponding button is pressed. Because the driver feature high landing and passengers well see not only the environment, but also a modern and spacious interior. Lots of space behind the rear door wide opening. Numerous compartments and niches underline the high functionality of the X3. And if someone wants to take with them a great sports team, a unique system of stability control of the trailer will provide safety on the trip. This feature, which extends the capabilities of the DSC system, is also offered as standard, as is the automatic system to limit the descent speed from the slopes of the HDC (Hill Descent Control), which also works with confidence when driving on loose surfaces. The developers of X3 created high standards for active and passive security systems. The successful design principle of SAV BMW, the front drive axles driven through the oil box, provides the X3 with a very low center of gravity and, therefore, contributes to a reduction of the side rollers. The xDrive with intelligent moment distribution ensures that the X3 stays very stable even in fast corners. As a result, the situation often does not reach critical situations. And if this happens, the DSC system installed in series will maintain stability. Three years after the debut, the Bavarian company decided to slightly update its compact SUV. It is not about the new generation, but about small cosmetic changes.
Both bumpers are now painted in body color, and only the protective elements in their lower parts are still made of black plastic. The model received a new set of headlights. The new twin round headlights are under the transparent glass. The rear lights have also undergone changes for the better, now they flaunt elegant stripes on the glass and a lot of LEDs. The tiny “lanterns” of fog became real beacons and got the additional function of backlight spinning in the dark. In addition, the driver has two-stage brake lights that will help with very intense brakes or ABS. Depending on the model, the color of the “nostrils” of the radiator grille also changes. BMW X3 3.0 sd differs the strips “nostrils” color “shiny titanium”, the other options of strips of six cylinders have a color of graphite with a metallic effect, versions of four strips of the black strip. The headlamp cleaners offered as additional equipment are integrated harmoniously in the front and are only advanced when they are lit (in the previous model, the headlight washers were made as “fangs”). The exterior of the redesigned version is characterized by the predominance of horizontal lines that extend from the boot lid to the bumper and, in this perspective, emphasize the vigorous appearance of the updated BMW X3. Metal with electroplated door handles and air conditioning controllers, exclusive leather and textile finishes, exquisite colors and ceiling upholstery design, as well as sophisticated plastic surfaces that reflect the durable and elegant interior at the same time. The new three-spoke steering wheel and large pockets on the edge of the door visually and to the touch indicate high quality.
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As for the color combination, any demanding can choose a decent color: the body color options are ten and the interior colors are six, while there are five more options for finishing decorative surfaces, from wood panels to aluminum. The body of the machine is designed specifically to take care of the safety of passengers and the driver, which reflects a little on its elegance. To reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident, the front and side airbags as well as the curtain airbags are included in the basic package. All seats are equipped with three-point inertia seat belts. The range of engines of the new BMW X3 is quite broad. A remarkable innovation: at the top of the range of engines now is not a gasoline engine, but a diesel turbo. This is the latest version of the old 3-liter engine, equipped with two superchargers connected in series. A power of 286 forces provides leadership in the classroom. By the way, the usual 3-liter turbodiesel (218 hp) also remained in the program. In addition to the previous 2-liter engines – gasoline and turbo diesel.But the volume of gasoline “six” of 2.5 / 218 HP. The second-generation BMW X3 is bigger than its predecessor. In particular, the car became longer by 83 mm (up to 4652 mm), wider – by 28 mm (up to 1881) and higher – by 13 mm (up to 1687). At the feet of the rear passengers, the free space is 20 mm more than before, and the volume of the boot was increased by 70 liters (up to 550 liters). When folded, the back of the second row (separated by default in the proportion of 60:40, and optionally in the proportion of 40:20:40) in the cross-baggage can be assigned up to 1600 liters.
The entire room has been completely redesigned. New three-spoke steering wheel, modified seats, transformed door panels, center console and front panel. In the latter, by the way, after changing its architecture, the largest screen of its kind was recorded with a diagonal of 8.8 inches, which shows work with the fourth-generation iDrive interface and an optional integrated browser. In addition, the year of the BMW X3 2011 model received an improved suspension (can be supplemented with active dampers) and a new direction with an electromechanical amplifier instead of a hydraulic one. The intelligent headlights and a new generation iDrive interface have also been added to the team. The most affordable version of the xDrive 20d is equipped with a two horsepower, 184 horsepower diesel engine, which is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. Acceleration time from zero to one hundred – 8.5 seconds. The maximum speed is 210 km / h. The average consumption of diesel is 5.6 / 100 km. The modification of the second price of the xDrive 28i is equipped with a gasoline unit, a volume of 3.0 liters, which emits 258 liters.
Completed with this version of the automatic 8-speed Steptronic. “The most expensive BMW X3 xDrive 35i is equipped with a 306-horsepower turbo engine equipped with an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission from zero to 100 km / h, the BMW X3 xDrive 35i accelerates in 5.7 seconds The “maximum speed” is 245 km / h Fuel consumption in the combined cycle – 8.8 liters per hundred. Standard equipment includes anti-lock braking system (ABS), stabilization system (ESP), automatic climate control, central locking, power mirrors, heated mirrors, front and rear power windows, assist system, 17-inch alloy wheels , MP3 System, BMW Business satellite anti-theft system, Personal Profile memory system. The second-generation BMW X3, officially sold in Russia, is manufactured at the Avtotor plant in the Kaliningrad region. In 2014, the Bavarian company presented a renewed version of the X3 model at the Geneva International Motor Show. The manufacturer has expanded the range of engines, improved the interior, improved electronic equipment and expanded the list of additional options. The first thing that hits the redesigned model is a slightly narrow head lens, which now extends to the grid.
The center console has changed, new coasters have appeared, a new information and entertainment system has been installed with an iDrive controller, which has a built-in touchpad (handwritten information entry). The 2014 BMW X3 is equipped with three gasoline engines and four diesel engines using BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. All engines are equipped with EfficientDynamics as standard (start and stop system, energy recovery systems for braking and shutdown of auxiliary units) and comply with Euro-6 standards. 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed automatic. The updated X3 will arrive in Russia exclusively with the xDrive transmission with four-wheel drive (in Europe, you can buy it only with rear-wheel drive – versions of the sDrive). The architecture of a totally independent suspension with a double lever scheme on the front and a rear one on five levers remained unchanged. In the engine line, a 2.0-liter diesel engine was upgraded, adding 6 horsepower, up to 190. As a result, the engine became faster and smarter. He wins the first hundred in 8.1 seconds, which is 0.4 faster than the previous one. In the combined cycle, 100 km of the track now consume 7.1% less fuel, equivalent to 5.2 liters.