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2009 BMW X3

BMW's Sports Activity Vehicle® Continues To Offer Unprecedented Handling, Comfort and Capability

At its introduction, the X3 offered something no one else could—a luxury-compact with the versatility and all-road capability of a sport-utility, combined with the quality, performance and handling of a BMW. Compared to the large domestic and Japanese sport-utility vehicles then dominating the market, the X3 offered a smaller, more nimble, yet in many ways equally versatile alternative. The X3 also introduced drivers to xDrive, BMW's 'intelligent' all-wheel-drive system that offers near-instantaneous torque apportioning with changing road conditions. Nothing else in its class came close, and the X3 quickly reached virtually the same sales figures as its larger X5 sibling.

As with last year, the 2009 lineup consists of a single model, designated the X3 xDrive30i. The designation denotes the vehicle's use of the all-wheel xDrive system and its powerplant, which is a 260-hp 3.0-liter aluminum/magnesium Valvetronic inline-6. Complementing this engine is a 6-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission, which is a no-cost option. A 6-speed manual remains standard as the 2009 X3 retains its position as one of the only vehicles in its class to offer a manual transmission for serious driving enthusiasts.

The X3 xDrive30i can sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds with its 6-speed manual, or 7.1 seconds with its 6-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Complementing the stellar performance is an impressive fuel economy rating as the X3 xDrive30i carries an EPA estimate of 17 mpg City / 24 mpg Highway with the automatic or 16 City / 23 Highway with manual when measured with the new 2009 EPA standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com) Not many luxury-compact sport-utilities can match these mileage and acceleration figures.

2009 BMW X3Starting at $40,225, the 2009 BMW X3 is enhanced with several equipment revisions: new standard 17' Light Alloy V-Spoke wheels; addition of new exterior colors Space Gray Metallic (replaces Silver Gray Metallic), Mineral Green Metallic (replaces (Highland Green) and Vermillion Red Mettallic; addition of new interior Light Burl Walnut Wood trim (replaces Dark Ash Wood), Saddle Brown Nevada Leather upholstery (replaces Sand Beige/Black) and Oyster Nevada Leather upholstery (replaces Gray Nevada Leather; and addition of a new 18' Y-Spoke wheel available in the Sport Activity Package.

More horsepower and torque thanks to BMW's aluminum/magnesium inline-6
The X3 xDrive30i boasts BMW's Valvetronic 3.0-liter aluminum/magnesium 6-cylinder engine. With 260 horsepower and 225 lb-ft. of torque on tap, the X3 xDrive30i makes it one of the quickest 6-cylinder vehicles in its segment—6.9 seconds with its 6-speed manual or 7.1 seconds with its new 6-speed STEPTRONIC automatic. BMW's exclusive Valvetronic technology ensures that the X3 not only provides exceptional acceleration, but excellent fuel economy as well.

Valvetronic manages the two conflicting demands of modern engines—more power and better economy—by taking a new approach to valve control. Valvetronic varies valve lift to a far greater degree than other variable-lift systems—so much so that it replaces the traditional engine throttle. Instead of a conventional throttle controlled by the accelerator pedal, engine breathing is controlled entirely by the valves themselves.


The Valvetronic mechanism acts on the intake valves, imposing an additional control element between the camshaft lobe and rocker arm for each cylinder, called an intermediate follower. Úpon contact by the lobe, this follower actuates a finger-type rocker arm and, in turn, the valve. The follower's pivot point is positioned by an eccentric shaft, rotated by a servo motor in response to the driver's accelerator-pedal movements; this varies the valve lift. The system's advantages include:
• Greater efficiency. As a throttle closes, it poses a restriction to incoming air. Valvetronic eliminates this restriction, reducing 'pumping losses.'
• More spontaneous engine response – again, because there is no conventional throttle.
• More power, because maximum valve lift can be higher than with fixed lift.
In a class where a 5-speed automatic transmission is the norm, the 2009 X3 is unique in that it offers not one but two 6-speed transmissions. The automatic STEPTRONIC transmission benefits from the same improvements found throughout the BMW lineup, making it quicker-shifting, more fuel efficient and more responsive than ever. As in previous years, this new STEPTRONIC is available as a no-cost option.

BMW's exclusive xDrive, Dynamic Stability Control, and Dynamic Traction Control provide all-wheel-drive performance
Like other current BMW models with all-wheel drive, the X3 incorporates BMW's advanced xDrive all-wheel drive and traction system. The 2009 X3 xDrive30i includes Dynamic Traction Control as part of DSC. At the touch of a button, DTC waits for a higher threshold of wheel-slip before engaging DSC functions. This helps when starting off on loose gravel or snow, for example, and still provides a level of confidence by preventing radical vehicle movements through brake application and throttle control. It also offers the driving enthusiast another dimension of performance.

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
Engine : 3.0 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 260 hp
Torque: 225 ft-lbs


6-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
In order to ensure a high degree of stability and traction under all conditions, the xDrive all-wheel drive system, DSC and the engine management system are networked via Integrated Chassis Management. Working together, the systems will react to a loss of traction at any wheel by first utilizing xDrive to move traction to the front or rear axle as appropriate. Then, if necessary, DSC will work to help stabilize the vehicle.


Housed in the transfer case behind the transmission, xDrive takes a clearheaded approach to apportioning driving torque between the front and rear wheels. In its essence, xDrive operates as follows:
• Driving torque is always transmitted to the rear wheels and most of the time to all four wheels.
• The portion of torque transmitted to the front wheels is controlled by a multi-disc clutch that can be fully open, fully engaged or at any level of partial engagement in between. Thus the torque split between rear and front wheels is steplessly variable.
• Engagement pressure on the multi-disc clutch is applied by a servo motor, which in turn is directed by an electronic control system that receives inputs from the DSC system via sensors for –
– Rotational speed of each wheel
– Steering angle
– Brakelight switch
– Vehicle yaw and lateral acceleration.
• The servo motor exerts engagement pressure on the multi-disc clutch via a linkage consisting of levers, a ball ramp and a disc cam.

2009 BMW X3Considering the front and rear wheels as two pairs, the rears always drive; the proportion of the total driving torque apportioned to the front pair at any given time depends upon the degree to which the multi-disc clutch is engaged (i.e. the engagement pressure exerted by the servo motor). As more torque is transferred to the front wheels, a smaller proportion goes to the rear. With full traction at all wheels, the maximum proportion to the front is 50%; in a situation where both rear wheels are on glaze ice and the fronts are getting traction, the proportion going to the rears can approach zero.

All-wheel drive is essentially permanent; however, under normal traction conditions, there are defined circumstances under which xDrive operates in rear-wheel drive only:
• During tight cornering with little engine torque, to permit large wheel-speed variations between the front and rear wheels (such as when parking).
• In tight curves with low to medium torque.
• At speeds in excess of 180 km/h (112 mph).
• When the vehicle tends to understeer markedly.
• Anytime the antilock braking function is active.

But xDrive does not optimize traction alone; it can also enhance handling characteristics, fostering both agility and stability on non-slippery as well as slippery road surfaces. Via the same type of logic DSC employs to recognize and correct for excessive over- or understeer, xDrive adjusts the front/rear torque split to avoid these tendencies. If undesirable oversteer is sensed, the multi-disc clutch is completely closed, sending the maximum possible torque to the front wheels. If excess understeer is detected, xDrive opens the multi-disc clutch completely, leaving no driving torque at the front wheels. All this occurs smoothly, with no overt indications to the driver; the driver merely enjoys optimum dynamics under a wide range of driving and road conditions.

In connection with all these adjustments to the front/rear torque split, it's essential to note that xDrive makes them ultra-quickly; reaction times (from sensing to control actions) are so fast that it could almost be said that the system operates pro-actively.

BMW chassis engineering also contributes to X3's road abilities
xDrive and bad-road capability, however, aren't the only factors in the X3's unique blend of handling talents. First of all, as the foundation for all this road technology, the X3 has a highly rigid unitized body structure that not only stands up to the rigors of tough going, but also abets a quiet and vibration-free ride in the more usual exercises of driving on paved roads and streets.

2009 BMW X3Úp front, the suspension system is an X3-only version of the double-pivot strut-type layout that also contributes to the excellent ride and handling of BMW's 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models. At the rear, the X3 employs an evolution of the multi-link suspension concept from the previous 3 Series Coupes – called Central Link – for the more rugged terrain to which X3s will sometimes be subjected.

Aluminum components help reduce unsprung weight and thus contribute to a relatively supple ride over rough surfaces: in the front suspension, the forward lower links; at the rear, the upper transverse links. There are of course front and rear anti-roll (stabilizer) bars, and a firmer suspension calibration is included with the optional Sport Package (see Options and accessories).

Continuing a BMW concept first seen in the M3 sports cars and since their debut extended to other Series, the X3 has specific reinforcements that help maintain precise suspension movements: at the front, a large-area thrust plate that also serves as a skid plate; at the rear, dual diagonal braces. Both beef up the underbody area where the suspension subframes attach.

As on all current BMWs, steering is by rack and pinion with variable power assist. Standard is engine-speed-sensitive assist, which increases at very low engine speeds to reduce parking efforts. Optional Servotronic vehicle-speed-sensitive assist further reduces parking effort and provides a progressive diminution of assist with increasing vehicle speed.


Ventilated disc brakes are standard, with 325-mm/12.8-in. diameter at the front and 320/12.6 at the rear. Four alloy wheel types are offered:
• 17 x 8.0-in. V-Spoke wheels with 235/55R-17 all-season tires are standard
• 18 x 8.0-in. Double Spoke wheels with 235/50R-18 all-season tires are available as a stand-alone option or part of the new Sport Activity Package
• The Sport Package includes 18 x 8.0-in. wheels with 235/50R-18 all-season tires. Their sporty V Spoke design is distinctive from that of the standard and optional wheels above
• Offered in combination with the Sport Package are 19 x 8.5 front/19 x 9.0 rear
V Spoke wheels; these carry 235/45R-19 front / 255/40R-19 performance tires. Because of the higher-speed rating realized with these tires, the standard 130-mph electronic speed limiter is deleted

X3 exterior: a revitalized interpretation of the SAV® concept
Distinct changes that were made in 2007 to the front and rear of the X3 still provide a substantially fresh look for the 2009 version. The front end includes available Xenon Adaptive Headlights with the inner lamps surrounded by corona rings that also function as daytime running lights. The Adaptive Headlights option adds Cornering Lights. Built in to the foglamps, Cornering Lights provide additional illumination in low-speeds (under 25 mph) to aid maneuvers such as parking. At the rear, reconfigured taillights incorporate LED lamps for the Adaptive Brake Lights.

On standard models not equipped with the Sport Package, the body side wheelarch and rocker arm trim panels are made of flexible, damage-resistant black surfaces. The same two-tone treatment extends to the areas below the front and rear bumpers. Sport Package-equipped vehicles get body-colored wheel arches, lower bumpers and distinct rocker panels. Roof rails are standard, as is a roof spoiler that contributes to an excellent 0.35 aerodynamic drag coefficient. Electrically released, the one-piece tailgate rises on gas struts to provide 6-ft. clearance for loading.

A cargo area that accommodates the X3 user's active lifestyle
The X3 cargo hold reflects BMW's characteristic attention to esthetics and function. Accommodating up to 71 cubic feet of cargo, it comes standard with a retractable cover, velour carpeting and side trim, left- and right-side lights as well as one in the tailgate, and an accessory electrical power outlet; longitudinal rails can be used to secure accessories such as the available two-bicycle rack. Concealed storage is provided in the cargo area's right side; an available cargo net can be positioned in different ways to separate cargo and seating areas.

Roomy, versatile and appealing interior
The instrument panel includes an integrated hood above the instruments, which blends seamlessly into the upper dash. Climate, audio and ancillary controls are grouped attractively above and in the center console and the Premium Package now adds soft ambient lighting.

Durable and functional leatherette upholstery is standard, as is Light Burl Walnut Wood trim, which accents the forward console and extends across the dash and is new for 2009. Either Gray Poplar or Light Natural Poplar wood trim is optional at no extra cost. Soft touch paint adds a touch of elegance to the door pull cutouts, and the armrests are now wrapped in either standard leatherette or the optional Nevada leather. Further optional features and materials are described under Options and accessories.

2009 BMW X3Standard furnishings include 8-way power front seats and a memory system for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors. The X3 options list includes 16-way Comfort Seats, in addition to the 8-way power/ 2-way manual sport seats available in the Sport Package. The steering wheel is tilt/telescopically adjustable.

Storage space is generous: each front door has two lower bins, both fully enclosed for more secure small-item storage. For front occupants, the center console includes an armrest and single cupholder; a retractable dash cupholder serves the front passenger. The rear of the console also includes an auxiliary stereo input for an iPod or MP3 player, as well as the switches for the 3-stage heated rear seats on models with the Cold Weather Package. The console compartment accommodates an available 6-disc CD changer.

The rear-seat backrest is split 60/40, its two portions folding down to provide cargo- and people-carrying versatility. In the '60' portion, a folding center armrest includes two cupholders, storage space and the center head restraint.

Safety and security:
Active features complement the X3's extensive passive systems
Since its introduction, the X3 has offered the full gamut of safety systems, including BMW's first use of a curtain type front and rear Head Protection System. Like the rest of BMW's lineup, the X3's DSC includes a range of braking features: Brake Drying, Brake Stand-by, Brake Fade Compensation and Start-off Assistant. These are in addition to the Hill Descent Control, which has been a part of the X3's DSC since its introduction.

Brake Drying comes into play any time the X3's windshield wipers are functioning. At certain intervals, the brake pads are brought up to the disc surfaces, just close enough to wipe them free of any water build-up without causing any physical wear on the pads or rotors. The result dries the brakes to eliminate any delay in response when the pedal is depressed.

Brake Stand-by senses whenever the driver quickly lifts his foot off the accelerator, and anticipates any extreme braking by pre-loading the brake pads against the rotors. The result minimizes any lag in brake performance by providing instantaneous response when the brake pedal is pushed. Together with Dynamic Brake Control (which has been a part of DSC for years), Brake Stand-by can help reduce the X3's response time in emergency braking.

Brake Fade Compensation ensures consistent braking under the high temperatures brought on by heavy usage, such as an extended downhill or repeated hard braking. Brake fade reduces the brakes' effectiveness, making it necessary to apply more brake pressure at the pedal to maintain a given amount of deceleration. During hard use, Brake Fade Compensation increases the pressure in the hydraulic system as the brake temperature rises, so the system maintains a consistent pedal feel even during repeated hard stops.

Start-off Assistant comes into play when the X3 is stopped facing uphill. At that point, the brake system maintains pressure for one second after the driver releases the pedal. The brakes continue to keep the vehicle stopped long enough to allow the driver to accelerate smoothly without concern about the X3 rolling backward. In a sense, Start-off Assistant is the ideal complement to the existing Hill Descent Control, which removes the need for driver intervention on steep declines. When HDC is actuated by the push of a button on the center console, the X3 maintains a constant speed without requiring the driver to 'ride the brakes.' Hill Descent Control has been standard on all BMW SAVs® since the original 2000 X5.

Another X3 feature is Dynamic Traction Control. When engaged via its own console-mounted button, DTC allows a slight delay before engaging traction control. The minor amount of wheel spin that results can be helpful in certain road conditions, such as deep snow or loose sand.

The enhanced DSC is the newest of the safety features on the 2009 X3 xDrive30i, all of which are designed to work in tandem with the X3's existing passive safety systems. Both front-impact airbags, for example, are further developed to optimize their 2-stage, accident-severity-dependent deployment characteristics, inflated shape and interaction with surrounding surfaces and components. Front safety belts include automatic tensioners and force limiters. The standard-equipment Head Protection System for front and rear occupants is configured as a curtain-type system.

Other notable safety features and systems include:
Últra-sensitive 'satellite' side-impact sensors. By sensing pressure change within the door structure (rather than deformation), they signal for deployment early in a side impact, yet minimize the chance of an unwanted deployment.

Interlocking door anchoring system. This familiar BMW feature employs an aluminum reinforcing bar in each door to strengthen the body side. At the aft end of each diagonally positioned bar is a hook-like member that, in a serious side impact, hooks into the body as the door deforms. The system is designed so that after most impacts, elastic snap-back releases the hook and the doors can be opened.

Intelligent Safety and Information System (ISIS), an overall system for controlling the vehicle's safety systems and devices. ISIS is a decentralized system, with an overall Safety Gateway Module (SGM) and seven subordinate control units, each with a microprocessor of its own. This multiplicity of units provides a redundancy that helps preserve system reliability even when portions of the system might be damaged by accident forces. In interaction with the main and subordinate units, ISIS employs fully 14 sensors, which together achieve remarkable 'tailoring' of the deployment of airbags, Battery Safety Terminal and safety-belt tensioners to actual accident circumstances.

Supporting the sophisticated electronic control scheme itself, fiber-optic cables are not susceptible to extraneous electromagnetic disturbances. System software can be updated over the life of the vehicle.

• Options and accessories:

a wide range available to personalize the X3
Along with the updates in standard equipment, the 2009 X3 offers a wide array of options and packages to complement owners‘ active lifestyles.

Packages:
• Sport Activity Package. This package bundles Privacy Glass, running boards, Shadowline exterior trim, a unique leather-wrapped Sport steeting wheel and Star Spoke 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. It is priced at $1,400 and cannot be ordered with Sport Package.

• Premium Package. Notable additions include Nevada leather upholstery, BMW Úniversal Transceiver (garage-door opener), power-fold feature for the exterior auto-dimming mirrors and a digital compass for the interior auto-dimming mirror. Ambient Interior/Exterior lightning provides approach lighting upon entry and exit. As before, the package also includes 4-way power lumbar support for the front seats and BMW Assist (described later); membership to BMW Assist is 4 years, standard. BMW Assist includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity which adds hands-free access to your phonebook.

• Sport Package. Sport suspension, 18 x 8.0 wheels, 235/50R-18 H-rated all-season tires, Shadowline (black) exterior trim, power sport front seats, a sport steering wheel, and a full body-color aerodynamic kit with painted side sills. It cannot be ordered with Sport Activity Package

• Cold Weather Package. Includes retractable nozzles for the high-intensity liquid headlight cleaning system, as well as 3-stage heating for front and rear seats. An interior ski bag completes the package.


Stand-alone options:
• Comfort Seats. These 16-way adjustable seats provide the same 8-way adjustability as the standard seats, but add 4-way power lumbar support, power head restraints and 2-way adjustment for the backrest angle. Comfort seats can be ordered as a stand-alone option, or in combination with the Premium Package.

• STEPTRONIC automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) BMW's updated 6-speed STEPTRONIC replaces the previous 5-speed. This new transmission not only features an additional gear but provides quicker shifting and faster torque-converter lock-up for even more efficiency. No extra cost.

• Servotronic power steering. Vehicle-speed-sensitive power assist in place of the standard engine-speed-sensitive system.

• 18-in. wheels and all-season tires in a design that's distinct from that of the Sport Package. This wheel is part of the Sport Activity Package.

• 19-in. wheels and performance tires in differentiated front/rear sizes; available only in combination with the Sport Package, and in a new design.

Xenon Adaptive headlights with auto-leveling and cornering lights. Augmenting the powerful forward illumination of Xenon lamps, Adaptive Light Control (ALC) literally 'aims' at making night driving safer. The outboard lights steer with the front wheels, guided by an electronic control system and swiveled by small servo motors. The driver enjoys enhanced night vision around corners and curves. This option also adds automatic leveling of the headlights and a cornering light feature to the foglights. During low-speed (under 25 mph) cornering, the outboard foglight illuminates, and an additional reflector in the lamp directs the light toward the inside of the turn for additional visibility.
• Park Distance Control. Via ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers, PDC senses when the vehicle is approaching obstructions that may not be visible to the driver. Beepers at the front and rear of the cabin alert the driver.

• Metallic paint, available in seven colors including Titanium Silver Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Silver Gray Metallic, Highland Green Metallic, Monaco Blue Metallic, Montego Blue Metallic, and Platinum Bronze Metallic.
BMW On-board Navigation System with 16:9 display and folding monitor.

• Nevada leather upholstery includes seats and door armrests; part of the Premium Package, but also available as stand-alone option.

• Alternate interior trims. Dark Ash wood trim is standard. Gray Poplar wood or Light Natural Poplar wood are available at no extra cost.

• Heated front seats. Available separately for customers who do not wish to order the Cold Weather Package.

• Heated steering wheel. Available with the standard wheel (not available with Sport Package); an option not common in this segment.

• Privacy glass aft of the B-pillar.

• Rear-seat side-impact airbags. The front and rear Head Protection System is standard.

• Cargo net. Retractable into its roller assembly, the net can be attached to the rear-seat backrests with them folded or upright, giving two choices of partitioning between cargo (or pets) and occupants.

• Premium audio system. The speaker count (10, including two subwoofers) is the same as that for the standard system, but speakers and other elements are upgraded.

• HD Radio* with multicasting reception capability not only improves the sound quality of AM and FM stations, but allows access to additional radio programming as well. No subscription fee is needed. For 2009, the price is now $350.

• 6-disc CD changer, available for BMW SAV® center installation in the front console.

Other BMW SAV® center-installed accessories include aerodynamic exterior components, carrier systems that attach to the standard roof rails, chrome exhaust extensions, interior cargo area management options, wood shift knobs and handbrake grips. Wood or aluminum interior trim can be retrofitted to older X3s not already so equipped.

BMW Últimate ServiceTM:
Providing owners with incredible value and peace of mind
The 2009 BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle will feature BMW Últimate ServiceTM, a suite of services that includes the BMW Maintenance Program (formerly called Full Maintenance), Roadside Assistance and the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. BMW AssistTM with TeleService is part of the optional Premium Package or can be ordered separately as a stand-alone option.

BMW Últimate ServiceTM includes:
The BMW Maintenance Program is the only no-cost maintenance program in the industry that covers wear and tear items like brake pads and rotors for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. BMW owners pay nothing for all scheduled inspections, oil changes, brake pads, wiper blade inserts and other wear-and-tear items.

BMW Roadside Assistance is one of the industry's most comprehensive plans available. Not only is it no-charge for the first 4 years, but there is no mileage limit. BMW drivers enjoy the assurance of on-the-road help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the Únited States, Canada and Puerto Rico. This includes everything from flat tire changes, emergency gasoline and lock-out assistance, to towing, alternative transportation and even trip-interruption benefits. This service also includes valuable trip routing advice.

BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty: All BMW passenger vehicles are covered by BMW's excellent Limited Warranty, which includes:
• New-vehicle warranty – 4-year/50,000-mile coverage of the vehicle.
• Rust-perforation warranty – 12-year/unlimited-mileage coverage.

BMW AssistTM provides the driver with services that enhance on-the-road security and convenience, for added peace of mind. The BMW Assist and Bluetooth® System is included in the Premium Package or available as a stand-alone option. BMW includes the Safety Plan for 4 years at no additional cost. BMW is the only manufacturer that offers this duration of service as other manufacturers only include the first year of service. The BMW Assist Safety Plan is a subscription based service that is subject to certain limitations.

The in-vehicle equipment for BMW Assist includes GPS technology and hands-free communication functions to deliver emergency and other services, accessed via buttons in the overhead or center console. The BMW Assist system transmits the location and vehicle information to the BMW Assist Response Center. A response specialist speaks with the vehicle occupants to coordinate dispatch, notify emergency contacts on file, and link BMW Roadside Assistance or emergency services as needed and/or requested. A severe accident automatically activates the Automatic Collision Notification function. The BMW Assist Safety Plan also includes Door Únlock and Stolen Vehicle Recovery services, which can save the owner time and money.

BMW Assist subscribers can also enroll in the BMW Assist Convenience Plan (available at an additional cost of $199 per year) to avail themselves of many BMW Assist concierge services, from finding the lowest fuel price or the best French restaurant in the area to information on flight arrival gates or times, as well as receive directions, and traffic and weather information. The Convenience Plan also includes Critical Calling, a service that can connect the driver to a requested party via a response specialist in case their mobile phone is not in the vehicle or its battery is discharged.

Lastly, the BMW Assist system includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with phonebook access and speech recognition for dialing by name or number via the steering wheel controls. Úse of this feature requires a customer-provided compatible Bluetooth mobile phone. To learn more about BMW Assist, please visit www.bmwassist.com.

Performance with a conscience
BMW strives to produce its motor vehicles and other products with the utmost attention to environmental compatibility and protection. Integrated into the design and development of BMW automobiles are such criteria as resource efficiency and emission control in production; environmentally responsible selection of materials; recyclability during production and within the vehicle; elimination of CFCs and hazardous materials in production; and continuing research into environmentally friendly automotive power sources. Tangible results of these efforts include the recycling of bumper cladding into other vehicle components; water-based paint color coats and powder clear coats; near-future availability of hydrogen-powered models; and various design and engineering elements that help make BMWs easier to dismantle at the end of their service life.

SAV and Sports Activity Vehicle are the registered trademarks for BMW light trucks.

Source - BMW
Bavarian Motor Works, or Bayerische Motoren Werke is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company that was founded in 1916. BMW also owns and produces the MINI brand, and they are the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. BMW is well known for their performance and their luxury vehicles. Following WWI, BMW had to quit producing aircraft engine production, and the company shifted to motorcycle production in 1923, followed by automobiles in 1928-29.

The BMW logo is circular blue and white and is portrayed by BMW as the movement of an aircraft propeller which signifies the white blades cutting through the blue sky. This was an interpretation that BMW adopted in 1929 for convenience. The emblem came about from the circular Rapp Motorenwerke company logo from which the BMW Company grew, meshed with the white and blue colors of the Bavarian flag, reversed to produce the BMW rounded. BMW has mentioned recently that the blue and white company logo didn't represent a spinning propeller, but was actually meant to show the colors of the Free State of Bavaria.

In 2003 BMW presented the precursor to the X3 as a concept car unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed the xActivity, BMW previewed as a SAV based on the 3 Series platform, but without windows or a vestigal roof.

In 2003 the BMW X3 was introduced and designated as a sports activity vehicle that was based on the BMW 3 series. BMW's first crossover SUV, or SAV; Sports Activity Vehicle was based on the E46/16 3 Series platform. Numerous parts are used in the X3 that were found in the 3 series. In Europe, the X3 was marketed as an off-roader and it benefits from BMW/s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The X3 was equipped with the xDrive which was a system that ensured equal distribution of power from the engine to all four tires. The X3 was initially available with three engines, the 2.5 liter 6-cylinder, the 3 liter 6-cylinder and also 204 horsepower diesel engines.

The BMW X3 came with a variety of exceptional features but the model was also heavily critiqued for a number of failings. The X3's ride wasn't comfortable especially in rugged terrain. The interior was also criticized for being austere, minimalist-like and relying heavily on obviously plastic components, and limited off-road usage, through its heavily road-biased chassis set-up. Many thought the car was also overpriced. A base 2.5i lacked cruise control or automatic headlight and had vinyl upholster, was more than $30,000 in the U.S. Various BMW diehards were also disappointed that the X3 was not being assembled at a BMW factory, but instead was outsourced to Magna Steyr which was based in Graz Austria. Magna Steyr has in fact thought won numerous awards for quality and has also been the highest rated car assembly factory in Europe.

By 2005 the X3 was refurbished with a much more powerful engine and better materials used inside the vehicle. This newest model was now powered with two engines, the 2.5 liter and the 3.0 liter engine along with a smooth inside with more competent materials. The new engine came with six gears that the driver could use while going forward. To expedite a better response from both the driver and the car in case of emergency the brakes and stability control of the car were improved. The suspension was softer and the front fenders were now one piece, instead of the two-piece found on 2004 models.

Also new for 2005, Bluetooth could actually be ordered straight from the factory as part of the Premium Package and functioned without dealer intervention. The interior of the 05 X3 was also upgraded with more consistent plastic panels. Rather than the earlier grey carpeting the new X3 came with carpeting that matched the leather ordered. An ‘Open-Door' indicator was also added.

For 2007 the X3 received a new engine, the same as the BMW 3 series. This new engine was an all new 3.0 liter N52 inline 6-cylinder engine which gave an additional 35 more hp than the previous engine. The 2007 X3 came with a new six automatic gears. The engine and the gear system were completely changed by BMW including an X-drive update, suspension adjustments and an engine upgrade. The vehicle also received a new look on the outside as well. Also new this year was a new bumper and a new headlight. BMW also gave the X3 a new brake system and lights in the rear to warn drivers that the vehicle was stopping. Also new this year was 17 inch tires, a new look steering wheel and new jacks to play new music formats like MP3 and IPODs.

The BMW X3 range was extended with smaller engines including the 4-cylinder petrol and diesel option. The options are now becoming available to countries across Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

2006 X3's were all equipped with a special version of the ‘M' technik body kit as standard. The main difference between the U.S. cars had unpainted door sills and wheel arches. U.S. spec Sport Package 06 X3's received the full ‘M' body kid with painted front, side and rear plastic which was available in the rest of the world as a BMW accessory.

In 2004 a total of 34,604 units were produced, 30,769 in 2005, 31,291 in 2006, 28,058 in 2007, 17,622 in 2008 and 6,067 in 2009.

In 2005 the X3 3.0i was awarded the Canadian Car of the Year Best New Sport Utility Vehicle award.

An X3 that was prepared for rally raid competition, the X3 Cross Country features a 2.9 liter inline-6 twin turbocharged diesel engine.

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2.0L Twin-Scroll Turbocharged Gas Engine for New IS 200t New 3.5L V6 Engine Provides More Options for All-Weather Drive with IS 300 AWD Agile Handling Throughout IS Lineup Available F SPORT Packag...
THE NEW BMW 3 SERIES SEDAN AND SPORTS WAGON

THE NEW BMW 3 SERIES SEDAN AND SPORTS WAGON

Lifecycle freshening for all 3 Series Sedans and Sports Wagons. New 340i Sedan features new 320 hp TwinPower Turbo Inline 6-cylinder. Standard Sport Line on the 328i, 328d and 340i models (includin...
BMW X4 SPORTS ACTIVITY COUPE AND M4 CONVERTIBLE MAKE WORLD DEBUT AT 2014 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

BMW X4 SPORTS ACTIVITY COUPE AND M4 CONVERTIBLE MAKE WORLD DEBUT AT 2014 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

New BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe to make North American debuts Updated BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle also makes North American debut including first BMW Advanced Dies...

BMW ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR ALL-NEW X5 SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLE

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 24th, 2013 … It isnt often that an automobile manufacturer gets to launch an entirely new vehicle segment, but thats exactly what BMW did in 1999 when it introduced the worlds...

Concepts by BMW

BMW Monthly Sales Volume

September 2018
25,908
August 2018
23,789
July 2018
21,982
June 2018
29,407
May 2018
26,662
April 2018
23,482
February 2018
23,508
January 2018
19,016
December 2017
34,253
November 2017
32,087
October 2017
23,208
September 2017
25,571
Additional Sales Volume Data


BMW Models

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