June 29, 2006

New BMW X3 debuts this fall

2007 BMW X3

2007 BMW X3
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Whitby, Ontario – BMW Canada has announced that its 2007 X3 midsize SUV will go on sale this fall, with new drivetrains, significant exterior styling enhancements and premium interior refinements.

The X3 will be offered in two six-cylinder variants: the 3.0i will replace the current X3 2.5 and provide 215 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque, while the 3.0si, replacing the current 3.0i, will produce 260 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque. Both will come with a standard six-speed manual transmission, or no-cost optional six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, which replaces the previous five-speed automatic unit.

The X3 will also use the latest generation of xDrive Intelligent All Wheel Drive, with Integrated Chassis Management technology. The system maintains a power distribution ratio of 40:60 front to rear, but provides an infinitely variable power distribution to all four wheels when necessary to optimize traction and dynamic control.

The X3 has been enhanced with a new front bumper, larger grille, Xenon headlamps with corona light rings, flush-mounted headlight washers, chrome exhaust tips, new 17-inch wheels and new taillights. Interior changes include new dashboard material, solid door pockets and new three-spoke steering wheel. Prices will be announced closer to market launch.

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