2011 X3 email from BMW
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Get ready for the arrival of the all-new BMW X3. It boasts a spacious cabin crafted with exceptional materials and an even more powerful ride—with your choice of either the 240-hp inline 6 or 300-hp TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engines. Combine those enhancements with the thrilling 8-speed automatic transmission and superior traction control of xDrive, our intelligent all-wheel drive system and you’ll see why this is our best X3 yet. Make sure to build one to your specifications beginning the end of October for a January delivery.
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The All-New BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle®
The second generation of a vehicle that launched an entire segment
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 14, 2010 … In 2004 BMW introduced a new concept to the
market: A small, premium Sports Activity Vehicle with all-road capability and
unparalleled driving dynamics. This first generation BMW X3 became a best seller in the
BMW line…both in the United States and in Europe. Through its life cycle, over 600,000
original X3s have been sold worldwide with 150,000 sold in the USA. Subsequently,
several competitors have entered the now hotly contested segment.
The new second generation BMW X3 builds on the success of the original by developing
its core competencies, while adding new technology to establish new benchmarks for
agility, efficiency and comfort. The new BMW X3 will be produced in an expansion of
the BMW Spartanburg, South Carolina plant and is expected to arrive in U.S. BMW
Centers by the end of 2010.
The design of the new BMW X3 conveys elegance, agility and ruggedness. Up front, the
forward-slanting BMW kidney grille and large headlight assembly combine with a
powerful-looking front apron and hood, boasting six contour lines sweeping down to meet
at the kidney grill, giving the X3 a bold presence. The twin round headlights, combined
with the round fog lamps, form the triangular light pattern that is characteristic of the
BMW SAV design. The upper edge of the headlight assembly sports an accentuating
chrome trim, creating the focused design typical of BMW vehicles. BMW’s signature
“Corona Rings” are again illuminated to function as the daytime running lights. When
equipped with the optional Xenon headlights, the Corona Rings and daytime running
lights are illuminated by bright white LEDs.
The profile of the new BMW X3 is also characterized by a unique interpretation of typical
BMW X design features. Powerfully flared wheel arches and the short front and rear
overhangs emphasize the robust character of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. The
dynamic appearance of the silhouette is accentuated by three characteristic lines. The new
BMW X3’s brand-typical upper contour line at the door-handle level rises steeply at first
within the front wheel arch area, then flows gently to the rear. Two additional subtle lines
follow this contour line above the wheel arches.
The rear is characterized by horizontal lines, underlining the new BMW X3’s robust
character. Precise lines and expressively modeled surfaces create attractive light and
shadow effects. The taillights, which are located far to the outside, have a distinctive T-
shape that is characteristic of the BMW X3. LED light bars create a distinctive BMW
nighttime design signature.
Dimensionally, compared to its predecessor the new X3 is a half-inch (12mm) taller, 3.36-
inches (83mm) longer, 1.1-inches (28mm) wider, and features a half-inch (12mm) more
ground clearance. It rides on a wheelbase which is 0.6-inches (15mm) longer, at 110.6
Interior: First-class ambience, intelligent functionality.
A generous and versatile 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. The horizontal lines of the instrument
panel accentuate the width of the interior. The driver-oriented cockpit, a hallmark of
BMW design, is emphasized by the asymmetrically designed center console. The Central
Display of the optional navigation system with fourth generation BMW iDrive is
harmoniously integrated into the instrument panel. The system features an 8.8-inch high-
resolution trans-reflective screen that is the largest on-board monitor in its vehicle
segment. Throughout the vehicle, new BMW X3 has a large number of storage
compartments, trays and cup holders.
The raised seating position facilitates egress and ingress, while providing outstanding
outward visibility. The three rear seats offer outstanding comfort for traveling long
distances and significantly more leg and elbow room than its predecessor. With EU-
measured cargo volume between 19 and 56.6 cu.ft. (550 and 1,600 liters), the luggage
compartment of the new BMW X3 is the largest in its segment. At the same time, the
versatility with which available space can be adapted to suit each personal requirement is
also unrivaled. The rear seat backrests can be split at a ratio 60:40 and can be folded down
either individually or together. The optional rear seats with ski pass-through has three
segments of 40:20:40 can be folded down individually or in combination making it
possible to adapt the luggage compartment in varying degrees, according to need.
The X3 xDrive28i: 6-cylinder power for the entry model.
For the US, the entry-level X3 xDrive28i will feature BMW’s award-winning
magnesium/aluminum 3.0-liter inline-6. In 2006 and 2007, the “N52” was awarded the
distinction of being one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines of the Year. Its magnesium/aluminum
construction, Valvetronic variable valve lift and Double-VANOS are features found only
on BMW engines, and it is currently the lightest six cylinder engine for its size class in the
world. The N52 in the X3 is rated at 240 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 230 lb-ft of torque
between 2,600 and 3,000 rpm.
That’s good enough to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds (preliminary). That’s
nearly a half-second quicker than the previous X3 xDrive30i equipped with an automatic
The X3 xDrive35i: Class leading performance and efficiency.
The new top model BMW X3 xDrive35i features BMW’s newest turbocharged 3.0-liter
inline-6 “N55” engine, combining direct fuel injection, twin-scroll turbo technology and
Valvetronic. The N55 engine develops a maximum output of 300 hp at 5,800 rpm, with
peak torque of 300 lb-ft available all the way from 1,200–5,000 rpm. Redline is 7,000
This engine enables the X3 xDrive35i to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds
(preliminary). Top speed is electronically limited to 150 mph when fitted with the optional
Both the BMW X3 xDrive28i and the X3 xDrive35i will offer not only the most dynamic
driving characteristics in their categories, but also by far the most favorable fuel
consumption and emission levels within their class. EPA fuel efficiency estimates will be
provided closer to the on-sale date in the United States.
Playing a supporting role: The innovative new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Like many new BMW models, the new X3 features an 8-speed automatic transmission
which brings smooth shifting, sportiness and efficiency to new levels of perfection.
Compared to the exemplary 6-speed automatic offered previously, the 8-speed has “taller”
cruising gears, that make a significant contribution to reduced fuel consumption and
emissions, as well as quietness. Its wider spread of ratios from lowest to highest gear
enhances acceleration and response across the range of driving speeds. The revolutionary
design even allows for direct shifts from 8th gear to 2nd gear for maximum acceleration.
This new automatic’s attributes have been achieved via an innovative concept that provides
the two additional ratios (7 and 8) with no increase in bulk or weight. In a ground-breaking
arrangement, four planetary gearsets and five clutch packs are controlled in a way that no
more than two of the five clutch packs are freewheeling at any given time. The modest
increase in the number of mechanical elements allows the new transmission to achieve
unusually high efficiency. The so-called “gearing efficiency” is higher than 98% in all
eight gears. . In 6th, gearing efficiency is at its optimum because that is a direct drive.
Combine this with reduced friction and the ability to keep the torque converter “locked up”
more of the total driving time, the transmission becomes very much a part of the overall
BMW EfficientDynamics concept.
Two additional gears mean threefold progress: quicker shifts, greater smoothness,
The wider spread of ratios allows the engine to run at lower speeds, often in the “tallest”
gear, 8th. Yet even with this wider spread, the steps between adjacent gears are reduced; in
turn this means a stronger, smoother flow of power during acceleration.
Faster shifts are a further benefit because only one clutch pack is disengaged to shift up or
down by one or two gears. On the other hand, downshifting more than two gears is
accomplished as a direct shift. For example, a downshift from 8th to 2nd gear is made with
only one clutch pack disengagement, and thus occurs without stepping down through the
intermediate gears. So, at one instant the driver can be enjoying the quiet, fuel-efficient low
rpm of 8th gear, and in the next instant getting maximum acceleration.
New suspension, xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, and made-to-measure dynamics.
The new BMW X3 features standard xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. Now in its third
generation, BMW xDrive has been revised to incorporate even more flexibility, quicker
response and improved handling characteristics. The new system marks a significant
evolution in xDrive capabilities, which has always depended upon a networking of
Dynamic Stability Control and the xDrive system. With the overall Integrated Chassis
Management system, all three control circuits work in parallel. This refined interaction
achieves even quicker reactions to changing driving conditions and enhances xDrive’s
already outstanding handling dynamics.
BMW xDrive is unique in design and construction. In normal conditions, driving torque is
always transmitted to the rear wheels, and most of the time to all four wheels. Normal
torque split is 40% front/60% rear. The portion of torque transmitted to the front wheels is
controlled by a multi-disc clutch that can be fully opened (100% to the rear), fully engaged
or at any level of partial engagement in between. The torque split between rear and front
wheels is thus steplessly variable. Engagement pressure on the multi-disc clutch is directed
by an electronic control system that responds to actual road and driving conditions. This
gives xDrive a dynamic ability that is unparalleled by other all-wheel drive systems.
The new BMW X3 also features completely redeveloped suspension technology. The
combination of a double-joint spring-strut suspension at the front and a multi-link rear
suspension provides the foundation for agility and driving comfort. The standard
Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering contributes to the X3’s precise handling.
The X3’s optional Electronic Damping Control adjusts the shock absorbers to any level of
firmness, quickly adapting to road conditions and the driver’s demands. Suspension control
is always optimum for current road conditions, vehicle speed, and load. The shocks default
to the softest appropriate setting for the vehicle’s speed, and when the vehicle encounters
an irregular road surface, they adjust instantaneously to control ride motions, preserve ride
comfort, and maintain adhesion to the road. The system is so fast that even at highway
speeds the system can sense a pothole at the front wheel and adjust rear-wheel damping
before it reaches the same pothole. The Electronic Damping Control option includes a new
Performance Control feature on the X3. Performance Control helps the X3 maintain a
neutral handling character by adjusting the xDrive torque split to 20% front/80% rear in
steady state cornering. Performance Control can also apply the inside rear brake while also
applying a little more power to the outside wheel (to compensate for the additional drag of
the brake) in order to help rotate the vehicle.
Adjacent to the E-Shift lever on the X3’s center console is the optional Driving Dynamics
Control selector (included with EDC). DDC provides three settings that tailor vehicle
characteristics to different drivers, one driver’s different moods, driving conditions – or all
of the above. The settings are Normal, Sport and Sport Plus; the following vehicle-
dynamics parameters are affected:
• Shock-absorber firmness (within the Electronic Damping Control system)
• Engine throttle response
• Transmission shift characteristics
• Power-steering assist level
• Dynamic Stability Control mode
The X3’s driving dynamics can be widely controlled by these different calibrations of so
many elements. In addition, when equipped with the Navigation system, the driver may use
iDrive to custom-tailor the Sport setting.
Just ahead of the Driving Dynamics Control switch is the Dynamic Stability Control switch
for BMW’s all-encompassing stability- and traction-control system. A brief push on this
button switches the system to Dynamic Traction Control, in which DSC’s intervention
threshold is raised; one effect of this setting is improved traction in deep snow. A long
push on the same button de-activates DSC altogether, though the anti-lock braking and
anti-rollover functions always remain active.
An extensive range of standard and optional BMW ConnectedDrive functions.
BMW ConnectedDrive comprises all offers and technologies which connect our vehicles,
drivers and passengers, and the outside world. ConnectedDrive is comprised of three main
pillars: Convenience, Infotainment, and Safety. Each of these three pillars operates and
interacts seamlessly with iDrive and other onboard controls to create a unique and
unmatched experience for both the driver and passengers. These features will be outlined in
detail at a later date.
Production at the BMW Spartanburg plant.
The new BMW X3 is produced at the BMW Spartanburg, South Carolina plant. With the
production of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 models, this location has become the
competence center for BMW X models within the BMW Group’s worldwide production
network. Thanks to a comprehensive $750 million expansion, BMW Plant Spartanburg is
ready to produce the new X3 for distribution around the world.
Agility and comfort, sportiness and efficiency, ruggedness and elegance, flexibility and
premium ambience – the new BMW X3 fulfills the varying demands made on a modern
Sports Activity Vehicle. With its multifaceted qualities it sets new standards in the segment
established by its predecessor. The all-new X3 is due to arrive in U.S. showrooms by the
end of 2010.
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-
Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the
United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for
the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-
Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in
California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout
the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s
global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 Sports
Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is
represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 336 BMW
Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 97 MINI passenger car
dealers, and 31 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW
Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
The BMW Group
With its three brands – BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce – the BMW Group is one of the
world’s most successful premium manufacturers of cars and motorcycles. It operates
internationally with 24 production sites in 13 countries, and a global sales network with
representation in more than 140 countries.
During the financial year 2009, the BMW Group sold approximately 1.29 million cars and
more than 87,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for 2009 was euro 413
million, revenues totaled € 50.68 billion. As of December 31, 2009, the BMW Group had a
workforce of approximately 96,000 employees.
Long-term thinking and responsible action have long been the foundation of the BMW
Group’s success. Striving for ecological and social sustainability along the entire value-
added chain, taking full responsibility for our products and giving an unequivocal
commitment to preserving resources are prime objectives firmly embedded in our
corporate strategies. For these reasons, the BMW Group has been sector leader in the Dow
Jones Sustainability Indices for the last five years.
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