2011 BMW X3 gets detailed, camouflage photos included
BMW decided to reveal a few details concerning its next generation crossover model, the 2011 X3.
According to the Bavarian company, the new car will feature a slight increase in size, which will be reflected on the larger space inside and a larger capacity for the boot (a class-leading 550 liters, according to BMW). Still, this doesn’t mean the new X3 has gotten beefier, as engineers boast a decrease in curb weight of 55 lbs over its predecessor.
Its engine lineup is pretty similar to the existing X3. A 268 HP naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-six will be offered for the xDrive28i, while a 302 HP twin-turbo version will be equipping the xDrive35i. European markets will also get more frugal diesel units, a 181 HP 2.0-liter four-pot for the xDrive20d and a 241 HP 3.0-liter inline-six for the xDrive30d.
According to some sources, a mid-range diesel (201 HP for the xDrive23d) as well as an ActiveHybrid variant will be offered further down the road, but no details on US availability.
All these engines, except the entry-level diesel, will be offered with the latest ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, equipped with the start-stop system, in order to increase fuel economy.
Overall, the 2011 BMW X3 sounds pretty good and from what we can tell from the camouflage photos, isn’t that bad of a looker either. Expect its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.
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