Uncompromising Driving Pleasure: The New BMW X3

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay News | Latest Industry News

Singapore, 18 March 2011 – Performance Motors Limited (PML), the official distributor of BMW cars and motorcycles in Singapore, is delighted to launch the new BMW X3. Succeeding a top selling Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), the new BMW X3 adds a new dimension to the pleasure of driving in its class through the establishment of benchmarks in agility and efficiency than ever before, while at the same time convincing through noticeably increased driving comfort.

The new BMW X3 has already been hailed “Off-Roader of the Year” by readers of Germany‟s Off Road magazine in the “SUV” category just months after its international launch. Started since 1982, the vote for “Off-Roader of the Year” ranks among the most important and traditional reader polls in Germany.

 

This accolade sees the new BMW X3 following the path of its predecessor model, which was voted “Off-Roader of the Year” twice in succession – in 2006 and 2007. PML will offer the BMW X3 xDrive28i and BMW X3 xDrive35i.

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The Design: Urban elegance, dynamically flowing lines and the characteristic features of a BMW X model.

The body design of the new BMW X3 conveys urban elegance and versatile agility. The combination of a flat front end and a high rear end produces, when viewed from the side, a dynamically formed wedge shape, indicating the vehicle‟s sporting characteristics. The convex and concave surfaces are accentuated with distinctively structured lines.

 

At the front end of the new BMW X3, the forward-slanting BMW kidney grille, a large headlight assembly, a powerful-looking front apron and the distinctively contoured bonnet signals self-assured presence. Together with the round headlights, the fog lamps, which are positioned far towards the outside, form the light source arrangement that is characteristic of BMW X models. The upper edge of the headlight assembly sports an accentuating chrome trim, creating the focused look so typical of BMW vehicles.

 

The side view of the new BMW X3 is also characterized by a unique interpretation of typical BMW X design features. These include the powerfully flared wheel arches and the short distance between the front axle and the instrument panel. The dynamic appearance of the silhouette is additionally accentuated by three characteristic lines.

 

The rear end is characterized by horizontal lines, underlining the new BMW X3‟s robust character. Accurately applied lines and expressively modeled surfaces create attractive light and shadow effects. The taillights have a distinctive T shape that is characteristic of the BMW X3.

 

Interior: Premium ambience, intelligent functionality.

A generous and variable spatial concept, high-grade materials and a characteristic three-dimensional surface design provide the interior of the new BMW X3 with a modern, premium ambience and intelligent functionality. Brand-typical driver orientation is emphasized by the asymmetrically designed centre console. The raised seating position facilities convenient entry, while optimizing the overview of the traffic situation.

 

Both up front and at the rear the new BMW X3 has a multitude of large storage compartments, trays and cup holders. The three rear seats offer outstanding comfort for travelling long distances. With a volume of between 550 and 1,600 litres, the luggage compartment of the new BMW X3 is the best in its segment. At the same time, the variability with which available space can be adapted to suit each personal requirement, is also unrivalled.

 

Engine range: Straight six-cylinder petrol engine of the latest generation.

Spontaneous response, high-revving characteristics, excellent running smoothness and outstanding efficiency characterise the power unit featured in the BMW X3 xDrive35i. The 3.0-litre straight-six engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo, direct petrol injection and VALVETRONIC generates a maximum output of 306 bhp at 5,800 rpm. Maximum torque of 400 Nm is available between 1,200 and 5,000 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km takes a mere 5.7 seconds. Top speed is 240 km/h.

 

The BMW X3 xDrive35i offers not only the most dynamic driving characteristic, but also by far the most favourable fuel consumption and emission levels within the competitive environment of its engine class. Average consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.8 litres/100km (CO2 emission level: 204 g/km).

 

The BMW X3 xDrive28i, meanwhile, generates a maximum output of 258 bhp at 6,600 rpm. Its maximum torque of 310 Nm is available between 2,600 and 3,000 rpm. It is able to clock the century sprint in 6.9 seconds with a top speed is 210 km/h. It has an average consumption in the EU test cycle of 9.0 litres/100km (CO2 emission level: 210 g/km).

 

BMW EfficientDynamics in the new BMW X3: Premiere for Auto Start Stop function in conjunction with automatic transmission.

The new BMW X3 xDrive28i is equipped as standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the BMW X3 xDrive35i comes with a sports automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel.
For the X3 xDrive35i, the automatic transmission is combined for the first time with an Auto Start Stop function, where the engine is automatically switched off when stopping at road junctions or in a traffic jam.

 

In ambient temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius and above, the Auto Start Stop function will not be engaged to avoid discomfort for the passengers on board. The car is additionally equipped with a gear shift indicator.

 

Furthermore, the equipment featured in all model variants, which include brake energy regeneration, EPS Electric Power Steering, demand-controlled ancillary components, intelligent lightweight construction contribute towards lowering fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels.

 

Newly developed suspension, optimized xDrive and unique options for made-to-measure dynamics and comfort.

The new BMW X3 comes with permanent four-wheel drive technology BMW xDrive as standard. Its electronic control unit, which is interlinked with the DSC Dynamic Stability Control, counteracts at an early stage to oversteer or understeer through fast and precise response. By means of innovative tuning designed to enhance driving dynamics, the intelligent four-wheel drive technology optimizes not only traction, but, above all, handling in bends. Performance Control enhances the BMW X3‟s agile handling even further.

 

The new BMW X3 also features completely redeveloped suspension technology. The combination of a double-joint spring-strut axle at the front and a five-link rear axle offers in conjunction with a widened track (92 mm wider than that of the predecessor) the ideal prerequisites for optimizing agility and driving comfort and an equal degree. EPS Electric Power Steering including the Servotronic function for speed-dependent power steering is incorporated in all versions of the BMW X3 model for the first time and contribute significantly to precise handling.

 

Like all BMW X models, the new BMW X3 is also provided with an extremely torsion-resistant body, precisely defined support structures and large deformation zones. The safety equipment package comprises front and pelvic thorax airbags, side curtain head airbags, three-point automatic seatbelts on all seats, belt force limiters, belt latch tensioners and crash-active front headrests as well as ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear compartment.

 

Production at the BMW Spartanburg plant.

The new BMW X3 is produced at the BMW Spartanburg plant in accordance with stringent BMW Group quality standards. With the production of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 models, the location, which is based in the US Federal State of South Carolina, has become the competence centre for BMW X models within the BMW Group‟s worldwide production network. Thanks to comprehensive extension measures, the preconditions for integrating the new BMW X3 into the production process have also been established.

The new BMW X3 will be available at 303 Alexandra Road beginning 19 March 2011.

Cheryl Tay

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