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      08-05-2011, 09:26 AM   #1
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** Note: As of now, neither the X3 xDrive20i nor the xDrive35d will be available in the US market (see the 2012 X3 Pricing and Info thread) **

Self-assured and efficient: BMW X3 with further extended range of engines.

05.08.2011


Munich.From its inception, the new BMW X3 has occupied the top slot among the competition by virtue of its compelling driving pleasure, convincing versatility and commanding presence anchored in high-calibre design and no-compromise premium quality. Now this successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is about to extend its lead even further on the efficiency front. Autumn 2011 will see additions to the model range in the shape of the BMW X3 xDrive20i and the BMW X3 xDrive35d. All-new engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology endow both models with a further optimised performance to fuel consumption ratio. Added to which, the BMW X3 exudes even more appeal thanks to a fine-tuned range of standard equipment and special options.

From autumn 2011, the new BMW X3 will come with a choice of three petrol engines and three diesel units spanning an output range of 135 kW/184 hp to 230 kW/313 hp. An exceptionally diverse portfolio of power units thus joins forces with the SAV’s outstanding agility – with intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive as standard – and enhanced ride comfort. Thanks to a comprehensive range of BMW EfficientDynamics technology, including the Auto Start-Stop function that can be combined with both the six-speed manual and the eight-speed automatic transmission, the BMW X3 also achieves top ratings in its segment for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

BMW X3 xDrive20i: lively power curve and optimised efficiency courtesy of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.

In autumn 2011 the BMW X3 Drive20i will be available as the new entry-level model among the petrol variants. Its newly developed 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit blends a hallmark BMW sporty power curve with exceptionally high efficiency. The new engine’s BMW TwinPower Turbo technology includes a turbocharging system based on the twin-scroll principle, along with High Precision Injection direct petrol injection, Double-Vanos variable camshaft control and VALVETRONIC variable valve control. Here the new powerplant takes its lead from the technology package of the 225 kW/306 hp multi-award-winning six-in-line unit of the BMW X3 xDrive35i.

Thanks to the use of aluminium, the powerplant of the BMW X3 xDrive20i is particularly light in weight and reaches its peak output of 135 kW/184 hp at 4,800 rpm. Maximum torque of 270 Newton metres is already available at 1,250 rpm. The new BMW X3 xDrive20i features a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission. In both versions, the standard range of BMW EfficientDynamics technology includes, among other features, the Auto Start-Stop function, which automatically switches the engine off when the car is stationary at traffic lights or in congestion in order to avoid unnecessary fuel consumption when idling.

Top athlete with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: new six-cylinder diesel in the BMW X3 xDrive35d.

A new edition of the world’s sportiest six-cylinder diesel engine will deliver a particularly enthralling experience of driving pleasure in the new BMW X3 xDrive35d from autumn 2011. The 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line unit with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology drums up peak output of 230 kW/313 hp, reached at 4,400 rpm, making the BMW X3 xDrive35d the most powerful variant in the SAV’s model range. With maximum torque of 630 Newton metres on tap from as low as 1,500 to 2,500 rpm, the new diesel engine also ensures impressive pulling power.

The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology of the new all-aluminium unit comprises further advanced two-stage turbocharging (Variable Twin Turbo) and latest-generation common-rail direct injection. At low engine speeds the small turbocharger is deployed. The air it compresses is first fed past the larger turbocharger to the combustion chambers, ensuring lossless development of charge pressure. During heavier throttle application, an electronic controller of the bypass unit engages the larger turbocharger. Extremely spontaneous response is thus ensured by a power curve to match the relevant requirement. The injection system features precision solenoid injectors and maximum pressure of 1,800 bar to guarantee particularly efficient and clean combustion. The BMW X3 xDrive35d comes equipped as standard with the eight-speed automatic transmission including Auto Start-Stop.

Greater variety in the equipment range too: the BMW X3 continues along its path of success.

Thanks to its extended range of engines, the new BMW X3 now offers an unprecedented blend of superior driving characteristics and exemplary efficiency. It also scores with its versatile luggage compartment, providing as it does between 550 and 1,600 litres of space, as well as extremely high-quality and innovative equipment features. The new BMW X3 is the only model in its class, for example, to offer the option of a Head-Up Display and in-car internet access.

For autumn 2011, an already diverse range of standard equipment and special options will be further boosted by a number of specific enhancements. The convenience of the Auto Hold function, for example, will be augmented by the automatic release of the electromechanical parking brake. The range of mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive will likewise be extended. In conjunction with a navigation system, the Real-Time Traffic Information function will also be available for the new BMW X3 from autumn 2011. This innovative system provides particularly accurate and up-to-the-minute congestion alerts as well as information on the traffic situation on motorways, country roads and selected city routes. It allows the driver to take into account any potential loss of time resulting from a diversion when recalculating the route. As an added option on the interior design front, the trim elements on the instrument panel can now also be specified in High-gloss Black.

With its new engines and enhanced equipment range, the BMW X3 has the perfect prerequisites to perpetuate its success story. The extraordinary popularity of the SAV model is expressed not only in consistently strong demand, but also through positive feedback from recent reader surveys. In the poll for the “Four-Wheel-Drive Car of the Year 2011” conducted by car magazine Auto Bild Allrad, the new BMW X3 won from the word go. And that wasn’t long after readers of Off Road magazine had voted the Sports Activity Vehicle “Off-Roader of the Year 2011”.

** Note: As of now, neither the X3 xDrive20i nor the xDrive35d will be available in the US market (see the 2012 X3 Pricing and Info thread) **




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From autumn 2011, the new BMW X3 will come with a choice of three petrol engines and three diesel units spanning ......
Does it mean North American market? or just German
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hmm wonder if its coming state side
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hmm wonder if its coming state side

For now, it appears neither the X3 xDrive20i nor the xDrive35d will be available in the US market (see the 2012 X3 Pricing and Info thread).
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I would buy an X3d in a heartbeat as my next vehicle.
Same here. I wonder what is taking them so long to release it?
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For now, it appears neither the X3 xDrive20i nor the xDrive35d will be available in the US market (see the 2012 X3 Pricing and Info thread).
What about Canada? Are either of these engines coming here? After all, we have the X1 with the N20 when that has not yet gone to the US.
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I so want that 313 bhp diesel in a lightweight 135d. Can you imagine the beastly performance? 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, while still returning 40 mpg highway.
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I so want that 313 bhp diesel in a lightweight 135d. Can you imagine the beastly performance? 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, while still returning 40 mpg highway.
One of the smartest things said in a while.
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Wow, that would be sick.
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screw you BMW! Not coming to the US!

well I will show my feeling by not buying a X3 right now, BMW thinks the current 28i and 35i will continue to sell out, well you might be shooting yourself in the foot! When that is all that is available and is the best offered by any company it works, but there will be some pretty tough compeition coming in 2012/2013 and BMW better bring the new N20 and 35d here to combat it or they will lose sales!

If either the N20 (with 240 HP) or 35D engine were here I would buy them, I would go to a dealer today to put my order in for a 2012 model, but since they aren't I will hold off for another year to see what BMW and other companies offer for 2013 models

I would suggest others hold off as well (unless you need a car now) because there might be a chance that the US sees both engines in April 2012 as possible 2013 models because production of the current 28i and 35i shows to be stopping in March 2012, now why would that be?
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Hold on....
the new X3 xDrive20i 2 liter turbo charge N20, only developing 135 kW/184 hp ?

This doesn't match the N20 engine used on Canada's spec X1 xDrive28i 258lb-ft/241hp....
Something wrong?
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screw you BMW! Not coming to the US!

well I will show my feeling by not buying a X3 right now, BMW thinks the current 28i and 35i will continue to sell out, well you might be shooting yourself in the foot! When that is all that is available and is the best offered by any company it works, but there will be some pretty tough compeition coming in 2012/2013 and BMW better bring the new N20 and 35d here to combat it or they will lose sales!

If either the N20 (with 240 HP) or 35D engine were here I would buy them, I would go to a dealer today to put my order in for a 2012 model, but since they aren't I will hold off for another year to see what BMW and other companies offer for 2013 models

I would suggest others hold off as well (unless you need a car now) because there might be a chance that the US sees both engines in April 2012 as possible 2013 models because production of the current 28i and 35i shows to be stopping in March 2012, now why would that be?
Well, BMW corporate probably doesn't care about your feelings.....they can sell all they want in markets like China and make a larger profit doing so. Also remember diesels historically have not sold well in NA.

BMW, being a global company, will look to the markets that best fill the bottom line. US buyers may have to get used to not being the largest market in the world anymore.
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Hold on....
the new X3 xDrive20i 2 liter turbo charge N20, only developing 135 kW/184 hp ?

This doesn't match the N20 engine used on Canada's spec X1 xDrive28i 258lb-ft/241hp....
Something wrong?
In Europe, there are two versions of the N20 so far. The engine found in several 28i models has an output of roughly 245hp while the engine powering several 20i models (e.g. X3, Z4, F10) has 184hp. There are more N20 variants to come with an output somewhere in between these two (probably 23i or 25i models).

For the US, only the 28i variant is likely to be used as the new Z4 28i and 528i show.


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I so want that 313 bhp diesel in a lightweight 135d. Can you imagine the beastly performance? 0-60 in 4.7 seconds, while still returning 40 mpg highway.
Yeah buddy!
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In Europe, there are two versions of the N20 so far. The engine found in several 28i models has an output of roughly 245hp while the engine powering several 20i models (e.g. X3, Z4, F10) has 184hp. There are more N20 variants to come with an output somewhere in between these two (probably 23i or 25i models).

For the US, only the 28i variant is likely to be used as the new Z4 28i and 528i show.


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if both are 1994cc displacement, with twinpower turbo, wouldn't bmw offer the higher end 240ish hp variant across the brand based on N20 platform?
This doesn't sounds not logical....
Two similar engine, but hp per liter are totally different.
241hp/2.0L = 120.5hp per liter
184hp/2.0L = 92hp per liter.

if using the same ratio of the 241hp.
it seems that the displacement of this 181hp/ 180lb-ft engine is the same as the one powering the Mini Cooper S/ Countryman S.
181hp/1.6L = 113hp per liter
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Well, BMW corporate probably doesn't care about your feelings.....they can sell all they want in markets like China and make a larger profit doing so. Also remember diesels historically have not sold well in NA.

BMW, being a global company, will look to the markets that best fill the bottom line. US buyers may have to get used to not being the largest market in the world anymore.
yes but remember all these cars are being built in the US now! So its not an issue of having to bring them from Germany or elsewhere to the US and not having them sell, they are going to be making 35D X3s in the US, why not sell them here? I would understand it if they were still made in Germany. The whole point of building the plants in the US was it being the largest market for the X3, but then why not offer all the engines being used around the world (or at least one diesel and all the gas engines).
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hmm wonder if its coming state side

The worst part is that they are all built in the US, but every single damn one of them is for export only.
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...there might be a chance that the US sees both engines in April 2012 as possible 2013 models because production of the current 28i and 35i shows to be stopping in March 2012, now why would that be?
Good point. Do you have a link to the thread that showed the 2012 MY ending in March 2012? I think I remember reading that same thing, but I just tried searching and could not find it.

Even if the model year does not change at that time, I would still say its a good bet that the 28i changes from the N52 to the N20 at that time. But as for the US getting the 184hp 20i model, I have to say that is pretty unlikely, IMHO. In fact, I would not expect any 20i models of any BMW in the US.
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Good point. Do you have a link to the thread that showed the 2012 MY ending in March 2012? I think I remember reading that same thing, but I just tried searching and could not find it.
It's true, 2012 X3 production ends March 2012. It shows on the production schedule for all US models.
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