September 11, 2003
2003 Frankfurt Auto Show
BMW shows new X3 SUV and 6 Series coupe
BMW X3 and 6 Series coupe
BMW is debuting the new X3 small SUV and the new 6 Series coupe as well as the redesigned
5-series sedan and the updated X5.
The X3 SAV will be available in two versions – the X3 2.5i and the X3 3.0i. The former is powered by a 2.5-litre, 184-horsepower inline 6-cylinder engine and the latter by a 3.0-litre version that provides 225 horsepower. Both models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission with a five-speed Steptronic automatic transmission available as an option.
The X3 features xDrive, BMW’s latest all-wheel drive system. This new all-wheel drive system sets immediately recognizes traction loss and can respond by changing power distribution among the four drive wheels – often before the wheels begin to lose their grip. This applies to dry-weather road conditions as well to significantly minimizing both understeer and oversteer in aggressive maneuvers.
The BMW X3 will be available in early 2004.
BMW also showed the new 645Ci – a premium coupe with a 325-horsepower 4.4-litre Valvetronic V8 engine. Transferring this power to the rear wheels is one of three available transmissions – a six-speed manual gearbox, a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, and a six-speed Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG).
Also available on the new 6 Series is BMW’s Active Steering system, Active Cruise Control, Head Up Display, and glass panoramic roof.