New BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 6, 2014
Categories: BMW, BMW X3

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 5, 2014 6:00pm EST/3:00pm PST.

New BMW X3

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 fee.

BMW X3

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 diesel.

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  Collision Mitigation.

Design and functionality: Powerful appearance and maximum versatility.

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  driving pleasure.

Striking presence.

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 dynamics.

 

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  are 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  EfficientDynamics concept.

 

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. 30–100 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.