The luxury crossover market has been a huge success for BMW. The X3
got some attractive upgrades to the exterior.
The New BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle®
Featuring new powertrains and all-round enhancements for 2015.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ February 5, 2014 6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST. . . BMW
today announced the arrival of the enhanced, 2015 BMW X3 Sports
Activity Vehicle®. In 2003 BMW founded the mid-size SAV segment with
the launch of the original BMW X3. Since 2003, the BMW X3 has been a
paragon of sporty dynamics, premium ambience and robust agility
accumulating sales of more than one million units worldwide in the
process. The second-generation BMW X3 has made a compelling case for
itself since its introduction in 2010, boasting the best interior and
cargo measurements and the greatest versatility in its class.
Now, the new BMW X3 is set to build on this leadership. A new offer of
BMW Advanced Diesel power in the X3 xDrive28d will enhance efficiency
while further reducing emissions. There will also be the first-time
offer of the rear-wheel drive BMW X3 sDrive28i for the US market,
providing a great consumer entry point into the X3 family. The
exterior and interior design of the new BMW X3 receive stylistic
revisions that add further depth to the vehicle's practicality, while
updates to other details promise to impress the X3 customer.
The new BMW X3 will go on sale in spring 2014 as a 2015 model. Prices
in the US will start at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of
$39,325 for the X3 sDrive28i (new offer: rear- wheel drive). The X3
xDrive28i (with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive) will have an
MSRP of $40,725, while the top-of-the-line X3 xDrive35i will have an
MSRP of $45,825.
The all-new X3 xDrive28d with BMW Advanced Diesel technology will
start at $42,825. All prices include $925 Destination & Handling
Dynamic appearance and exclusive ambience.
The new BMW X3 cuts a visually more powerful figure with its new,
modified twin-circular headlights (LED headlights are optional), a
more eye-catching kidney grille, new front and rear bumpers, and
exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators all of which
shine a figurative spotlight on the signature BMW X model design
features. A high level of perceived quality also defines the interior
of the new BMW X3. Chrome applications, a center console with
automatic climate control system in a high-gloss black-panel display,
and new cup holders with a sliding cover for the center console
underline the vehicle's premium appearance. New exterior colors,
upholstery designs, interior trim strips and light-alloy wheels enable
even more refined individualization. The new xLine allows owners to
lend greater emphasis still to the dynamic and robust SAV character of
the BMW X3. And the Smart Opener for the automatic tailgate further
enhances the already impressive functionality of the BMW X3.
New BMW Advanced Diesel engine and gasoline sDrive model.
The new BMW X3 is available from launch with a choice of one diesel
and two gasoline engines, with outputs ranging from 180 hp to 300 hp.
The state-of-the-art engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology
guarantee outstanding performance combined with low fuel consumption.
The new X3 xDrive28d will feature BMW's 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo
diesel 4-cylinder engine. It produces 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of
torque, available from 1,750 rpm, and will be mated to an 8-speed
automatic transmission. The X3 xDrive28d will accelerate from 0 60
mph in just under eight seconds. BMW Advanced Diesel technology
includes Selective Catalyst Reduction to make the new X3 a clean
Like its xDrive all-wheel drive counterpart, the new X3 sDrive28i
features BMW's brilliant 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine,
which produces 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. For customers
with driving habits in which all-wheel drive might prove superfluous,
the X3 sDrive28i provides an excellent alternative. Zero to 60 mph may
be accomplished in a swift 6.2 seconds.
BMW ConnectedDrive: driver assistance and infotainment.
The new BMW X3 advances the company's commitment to the link-up of
driver, vehicle and outside world, an area in which BMW is an
undisputed leader. Among the outstanding new features from BMW
ConnectedDrive on board the BMW X3 are the iDrive controller with
touchpad functionality (for text input using finger movements),
Parking Assistant, the full-color BMW Head-Up Display, and Active
Driving Assistant with ACC Stop & Go, including Lane Departure
Warning, Frontal Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning, and City
Design and functionality: Powerful appearance and maximum
The design language of the new BMW X3 underlines the leading role it
has traditionally occupied in the mid-size Sports Activity Vehicle
segment. Taking its cue from its predecessor, the new BMW X3 blends
exclusivity and dynamic appeal and couples it with impressive
versatility. The new model is immediately identifiable as a member of
the successful BMW X family and cuts an even more impressive figure on
the road. Its design showcases an SAV that will carry out everyday
tasks with consummate ease and do so while delivering unbeatable
Aside from its length, which has grown by a single centimeter, the new
BMW X3 has the same compact, usable dimensions of its successful
predecessor. However, the new BMW X3 comes with a host of exclusive
details. At the front end, for example, the newly designed twin
circular headlights stand out immediately. They can also be ordered in
full-LED specification as an option and, like the LED front fog
lights, lend even greater expression to the premium profile of the BMW
X3. The characteristic, more strikingly-presented BMW kidney grille
has an even sharper visual impact with its new surround, and powerful,
newly designed front and rear bumpers highlight the poised and assured
appearance of the new BMW X3. The LED turn signal indicators are now
housed in the new exterior mirrors, while four new exterior paint
shades and four newly styled light-alloy wheel variants broaden the
scope for individualization.
Exclusivity and a high level of perceived quality in the interior.
The new X3 leads the way in its segment in terms of both interior
spaciousness and rear load capacity (from 27.6 to 63.3 cu-ft). The
interior is a compelling proposition with its carefully selected,
exquisite materials. Understated chrome applications, the center
console with automatic climate control system in a high-gloss
black-panel look, and wood trim with
chrome accents contribute further to the high-quality surroundings.
Adding the final touches to the premium ambience are new cup holders
in the center console with a sliding cover and the standard-fitted
sport leather steering wheel. Customers can also choose from four new
upholstery colors and four new interior trim strips.
xLine and M Sport offer boundless individualization.
The high-quality material and color concept shines the spotlight on
the premium profile of the new BMW X3. xLine, which lends even further
emphasis to the dynamic and robust SAV character of the X3, sees BMW
expanding the scope for individualization. xLine can be identified
from the outside by gleaming metallic inserts in the bumpers, satin
aluminum side cladding and bars in the air intakes, and simulated
under guards at the front and rear. It also allows customers to choose
from additional leather upholstery variants, trim strips and 19- inch
light-alloy wheel options.
The superb dynamic qualities of the new BMW X3 can be showcased to
even greater effect by specifying M Sport, with the M aerodynamic
package and High-gloss Shadow Line trim maximizing the vehicle's
presence on the road. In addition, customers can choose from six paint
finishes and two exclusive light-alloy wheel options in 19 and 20-inch
format. In the cockpit, Anthracite roof liner and sports seats in
various leather upholstery variants intensify the sporting theme.
Technical highlights include the eight-speed sport automatic
transmission, sport steering and suspension settings tuned to deliver
even sharper dynamic performance.
Raising everyday functionality a notch.
The BMW X3 also builds further on its segment-leading status when it
comes to everyday usability and versatility. All BMW X3 models are
fitted with a 6.5" iDrive display and iDrive Controller. BMW
Assist eCall, meanwhile, uses an integrated telephone unit to summon
rapid assistance. A range of other innovative options adds further to
the functionality of the new X3. The Smart Opener, for instance, makes
accessing the load compartment much easier; a short movement of the
foot below the rear bumper causes it to open or close the tailgate
automatically. A storage package including a reversible floor section,
folding box, partition elements and a range of different luggage nets
allows objects of any kind to be stowed away easily, safely and
tidily, and the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat enables maximum
flexibility. Elsewhere, the Hi-Fi Sound System Professional from
Harman Kardon promises audio pleasure for the new BMW X3.
Powertrain: Dynamic and economical engines.
The high-revving character for which BMW is renowned, plus excellent
power delivery, compelling refinement and impressive efficiency, are
also stand-out features of the cutting- edge gasoline engines
available for the new BMW X3. Boasting High Precision Direct
Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and Valvetronic
fully variable valve timing, the gasoline engines make a convincing
case for themselves with outstanding dynamics yet incredibly low fuel
consumption and emissions. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit in the X3
xDrive28i, meanwhile, develops 240 hp and peak torque of 260 lb-ft.
Fitted with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the X3 xDrive28i
sprints from rest to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, The new BMW X3 xDrive35i
also meets the highest dynamic standards. Its 3.0- liter six-cylinder
in-line engine develops 300hp and produces maximum torque of 300
lb-ft, which is on tap between 1,200 rpm and 5,000 rpm.
Choice between rear-wheel and xDrive all-wheel drive.
Customers opting for the new BMW X3 with the 240 hp, 2.0-liter
TwinPower Turbo engine can choose between the xDrive intelligent
all-wheel-drive system and classic BMW sDrive rear-wheel drive.
The intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system delivers optimum
traction, need-based power distribution, and further improved dynamics
and driving safety. In models equipped with xDrive, a new xDrive
status display with three-dimensional graphics in the Control Display
keeps the driver informed of the vehicle's body roll and pitch. On
vehicles equipped with a navigation system, a compass display is also
shown in the instrument cluster.
Now in its Third Generation, BMW xDrive incorporates flexibility,
responsiveness, and excellent handling characteristics. The system
marks a significant evolution in xDrive capabilities, which has always
depended upon networking the Dynamic Stability Control with the
all-wheel drive system. With the overall Integrated Chassis Management
system, all three control circuits work in parallel. This refined
interaction achieves even quicker reactions to changing driving
conditions and enhances xDrive's already outstanding handling
BMW xDrive is unique in design and construction. In normal conditions,
driving torque is always transmitted to the rear wheels, and most of
the time to all four wheels. Normal torque split is 80% rear/20%
front. The portion of torque transmitted to the front wheels is
controlled by a multi-disc clutch that can be fully open, fully
engaged or at any level of partial engagement in between. The torque
split between rear and front wheels is thus steplessly variable.
Engagement pressure on the multi-disc clutch is directed by an
electronic control system in response to actual road and driving
conditions. This gives xDrive a dynamic ability that is unparalleled
by other all-wheel drive systems.
xDrive does more than just optimize traction; it can also enhance both
agility and stability on grippy as well as slippery road surfaces.
Using the same type of logic that Dynamic Stability Control employs to
recognize and correct for excessive over- or understeer, xDrive
adjusts the front/rear torque split to avoid these tendencies. If the
system senses undesirable oversteer, it closes the multi-disc clutch
completely, sending the maximum possible torque to the front wheels.
In the case of excess understeer, xDrive opens the clutch completely,
sending no driving torque to the front wheels. The Third Generation of
BMW xDrive truly raises the bar for all-wheel drive systems in both
passenger cars and sports activity vehicles.
Appearing yet again in the newest generation of xDrive is BMW's Hill
Descent Control. Debuting in 2000 original BMW X5, Hill Descent
Control made it possible to control and steer the vehicle in downright
dangerous and slippery conditions without even using the brake pedal.
When activated, Hill Descent individually applies the brakes where
needed to prevent slippage and increased speed. The driver simply
needs to set the desired speed to descend with (5-15 mph), release the
brake and gas pedals, and navigate down the hill. Hill Descent control
comes standard on all xDrive equipped models.
8-speed automatic transmission.
Many new BMW models feature an 8-speed automatic transmission, which
brings smooth shifting, sportiness and efficiency to new levels of
perfection. Compared to the exemplary 6- speed automatic offered in
past BMW models, the 8-speed has "taller" cruising gears
that make a significant contribution to reduced fuel consumption and
emissions, as well as quietness. Its wider spread of ratios from
lowest to highest gear enhances acceleration and response across the
range of driving speeds. The revolutionary design allows for direct
shifts from cruising gears to acceleration gears.
This new automatic's attributes have been achieved via an innovative
concept that provides the two additional ratios (7 and 8) with no
increase in bulk or weight. In an arrangement never before employed in
an 8-speed automatic, four planetary gear sets and five clutch packs
are controlled in a way that no more than two of the five clutch packs
freewheeling at any given time. The modest increase in the number of
mechanical elements allows the new transmission to achieve unusually
high efficiency: the so-called "gearing efficiency" is
higher than 98% in all eight gears. In 6th gear, it's highest of all
because that is direct drive, with no gearing reduction at all.
Combine this with reduced friction and the ability to keep the torque
converter "locked up" more of the total driving time, and
the transmission becomes very much a part of the overall BMW
The wider spread of ratios allows the engine to run at lower speeds,
often in the "tallest" gear, 8th. Yet even with this wider
spread, the steps between adjacent gears are reduced; in turn this
means a stronger, smoother flow of power during acceleration. And for
the same reason, faster shifts are a further benefit because only one
clutch pack is disengaged to shift up or down by one or two gears. On
the other hand, downshifting more than two gears is accomplished as a
direct shift. For example, a downshift from 8th to 2nd gear is made
with only one clutch pack disengagement, and thus occurs without
stepping down through the intermediate gears. So, at one instant the
driver can be enjoying the quiet, fuel-efficient low rpm of 8th gear,
and in the next instant getting maximum acceleration.
On the new BMW X3, a Sport Automatic transmission option with shift
paddles is also available in conjunction with M Sport.
Coasting function and ECO PRO mode reduce fuel consumption.
Other features contributing to the economical running of the new BMW
X3 are the ECO PRO mode selectable via the Driving Experience Control
switch and the coasting function of the eight-speed automatic gearbox,
which disengages the powertrain at speeds of (approx. 30100 mph) when
the driver takes his foot off the accelerator.
Safety, comfort and infotainment.
The new BMW X3 sees BMW ConnectedDrive providing further evidence of
its groundbreaking role in the link-up of the driver, vehicle and
outside world. Among the outstanding new features from BMW
ConnectedDrive on board the new BMW X3 is the latest,
enhanced-capability generation of the Navigation system, complete with
ECO PRO route guidance and an iDrive Controller with integrated
touchpad. The touchpad allows drivers or passengers to use their
finger to write letters for text inputs a navigation destination,
for example. Another highlight is the full-color Head-Up Display,
which projects all important driving information and the assistance
systems displays into the driver's field of
view. Among the other systems available as an option to further
enhance safety is Active Driving Assistant with ACC Stop & Go,
which includes features such as Lane Departure Warning, Frontal
Collision Warning, Pedestrian Warning, and City Collision Mitigation..
Aiding comfort, meanwhile, is the Parking Assistant, which
automatically steers the vehicle into parking spaces parallel to the
road. BMW ConnectedDrive Services & Apps also make mobility
services and smartphone applications available inside the vehicle via
the central Control Display, and innovations such as the Concierge
Services and ARTTI (Advanced Real Time Traffic Information) system can
also be accessed.
The standard inclusion of the BMW Assist eCall function provides
another boost to safety. This system springs into action
automatically, as well as when help is summoned manually. As soon as
the crash sensors report an airbag deployment, BMW Assist eCall uses
the integrated SIM card to send the vehicle's exact location along
with all key information to the BMW call center, enabling rapid and
effective assistance at the scene of the accident. BMW Assist eCall is
now standard with 10 years of service.
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