Here are some informative size comparison slides from the official BMW X3 presentation. The first slide shows the new F23 X3 size compared to the outgoing E83 X3 and the second slide compares the sizes of the X3 to the X1 and X5. The all new X3 is not quite as much larger than the outgoing X3 as some have made it to be.
Slides courtesy of Bimmerfile.
2011 BMW X3 first drive reviews have now hit the web. Road and Track, Car and Driver, and Motor Trend have each weighed in on their initial impressions of the all new X3 (F25). We will be compiling all reviews as they are released, so make sure to check in for updates.
BMW has announced a base price of $37,625 for the all new BMW X3 SAV. The X3 xDrive35i will have an MSRP of $41,925. Destination and handling fees are included in these prices. More details inside.
Watch the live feed of the opening ceremony of the Spartanburg plant expansion and footage of the BMW X3 production tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:45 AM.
World premiere in Paris: the new BMW X3.
The new BMW X3 steps up for its world debut at the Paris Motor Show as the successor to a genuine top seller. Compared with its successful predecessor, the new Sports Activity Vehicle delivers that bit more agility as well as driving comfort. A similarly palpable increase in interior space and stowage capacity benefits rear-seat passengers in particular, but is also welcome in the luggage compartment. With its load capacity now expandable from 550 to 1,600 litres (19.4 to 56.5 cu. ft.) and a rear seat bench that folds down at a ratio of
40 : 20 : 40, the new BMW X3 delivers more room and versatility than any competitor in its class.
In grand style, BMW marked the official World Premiere of the BMW X3 by driving out an X3 as the first car out of the gates during the press conference. The X3 was also showcased in both diesel and gasoline versions with and without M-Sport.
BMW has announced the M-sport Package for the all new 2011 X3. Details:Carbon Black metallic paint finish (exclusive M-sport color)
19 inch M light-weight alloy wheels
Sports suspension tuning with stiffer dampers
M multifunction leather steering wheel and variable sports steering
M gear selection level with short throws
Gearshift paddles (with BMW xDrive35i w/ standard 8 speed auto)
Pearlpoint cloth-leather upholsterly
BMW Individual anthracite roof liner
M Sport package side skirts, wheel arches and front and rear apron skirts are painted in body color
Window surrounds and roof rails are in BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line.
Expected to be available from 2nd Quarter of 2011 (subject to change).
While no press test drives for the new X3 have been available yet, David Thomas from Cars.com recently had an opportunity to poke around a preproduction 2011 X3 at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. He came away very impressed at its upgraded quality, design, and size from the first generation X3.
The 2011 BMW X3 makes its worldwide public debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of this month.
The German BMW X3 Brochure has been released. English speakers unable to read the text can nonetheless gleam the X3 features, options, accessories, and packages from the photos. We will bring you the US version when available.