As is the case with movies, music, technology and most things in general, in Australia we don't ever get what we want first, or even at the same time as everyone else. Its generally pretty darn late. In Europe BMW have officially released pictures of the 2007 BMW X3. In Australia, BMW has officially released.. nothing. Perhaps it takes a few days for the news to filter down from Germany but either way, the next generation X3 is finished and ready togo. I posted a few weeks back some spy shots of the BMW X5, there is no official pictures of the X5 yet, so we can focus more on the X3.
The 2007 BMW X3 is set to make its way down under in January 2007, no pricing has yet been confirmed with more details made available closer to the launch date. The new BMW X3 will come with 3 Engine Variants.
BMW X3 2.5si: Manual
- 2.5-litre 6-cylinder.
- 160kW @ 6500rpm and 250Nm from 2750 through to 4250rpm.
- Acceleration (0-100km/h) 8.5 seconds. Top speed 221 km/h.
- Average fuel consumption (EU cycle) 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres.
BMW X3 3.0si: Automatic
- 3.0-litre six-cylinder.
- 200kW @ 6650rpm and 315Nm @ 2750rpm.
- Acceleration (0-100km/h) 7.5 seconds. Top speed 228 km/h.
- Fuel consumption 10.3 litres per 100 kilometres combined city and highway.
Offcourse the X3 wouldn't be a European car if it didn't come with a Diesel Alternative. The X3 3.0d comes with the latest generation of Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbocharger, all-aluminium crankcase, and just like the Mercedes Benz R320 CDi it also comes with common-rail injection with piezo injectors and oxidation catalytic converter.
BMW X3 3.0d: Automatic
- 3.0-litre six-cylinder.
- 160kW @ 4000rpm and 480Nm from 1750rpm through to 2750rpm.
- Acceleration (0-100km/h) 7.9 seconds. Top speed 210km/h.
- Average fuel consumption (EU cycle) 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres.
The X3's 3.0L variants, the 3.0si and 3.0d will come standard with BMWs new 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, while the 2.5 Liter Petrol variant may opt for this option. Other standard features for the new BMW X3 are
- Automatic Stability Control and Traction (ASC-X),
- Dynamic Stability Control (DSC),
- Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS),
- Dynamic Brake Control (DBC),
- Automatic Slip Control (ASC),
- Cornering Brake Control (CBC),
- Hill Descent Control (HDC).
Part of BMWs improvement on the xDrive all-wheel-drive system with DSC is that during normal driving situations the torque is distributed 40:60 (front:rear), but this is changeable and can vary from 50:50 to even 0:100 to give better traction. In otherwords the all wheel drive technology is able to switch to rear wheel drive when required.
The luggage compartment can take a good 480 Liters but when the asymmetrically split rear bench seat has been folded back, the rear increases its storage volume to 1,560 litres! More than 260,000 BMW X3s have been sold worldwide since their launch two and a half years ago.
I have had the pleasure of finding myself in a BMW X3 (older generation) and I have to say, despite my hate for 4WDs, the BMW X3 made me realize just how far infront BMW is compared to the likes of the Toyota Landcruiser and the Nissan Patrol. Sure the X3 isn't truly a real offroad vehicle but the X3 owners generally don't tend to take them offroad either, so this isn't much of an issue. Expect to see the new X3 in Australia in January 2007.