June 18, 2003
First photos of BMW X3
Whitby, Ontario – BMW has announced that the new BMW X3 will make its debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It will be available with 3.0 litre and 2.5 litre inline six cylinder engines developing 225 horsepower and 184 horsepower respectively. Both models come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, a five-speed automatic transmission being available as an option.
A highlight of the BMW X3 is the new xDrive all-wheel-drive system which allows infinitely adjustable and fully variable distribution of torque front-to-rear. The system immediately recognises any need for a change in power distribution and responds very quickly. As a result, the X3 is able to feed optimum torque to the respective axle at any time during dynamic cornering, minimising both under- and oversteer in the process. As a result, stability management systems such as DSC can intervene at a far later point in time than with conventional four-wheel drive.
As well, a front drive shaft extending through the oil sump gives the X3 a very low centre of gravity and reduces body roll.
BMW’s unique trailer stability control offers safer towing of boat and other trailers. This extension of the DSC stability control system comes as standard, as does automatic HDC Hill Descent Control for driving downhill safely even on loose or slippery surfaces.
The BMW X3 will be available in Europe and North America in early 2004.