German publication AMS decided to pit two popular diesel SUVs against each other — the BMW X3 xDrive 30d against Audi Q5 3.0 TDI Quattro or 258hp/413 lb-ft inline-6 vs 240hp/369lb-ft V6.
The outcome is that both cars are similar in many ways, but the BMW X3 manages to get the edge and wins this comparison. Details inside.
Over 52 teams from 21 European countries competed in the recently concluded BMW X3 Games 2011. Over 15,000 registrations entered for this contest of physical and sports events in Geneva to win three new BMW X3s (for the winning team). The 6 disciplines in which the contestants competed were: running, golf, skiing, driving, mountain biking and sailing.
In the end, it was team from Hungary who each went home with a brand spanking new X3.
Audi’s all new Q3 has just been released, which was not unexpected considering Audi has a vehicle in every segment that BMW has one.
The new Q3 is certainly aesthetically pleasing, but when I first saw it, I didn’t have a strong reaction one way or the other. I think that is a function of the fact that like most Audis today, it is fairly similar to every other Audi product, especially the Q5. So while it’s not ugly, it is a bit booring to me.
Regardless, we … CONTINUED
Edmunds’ InsideLine has published their full review of the new 2011 X3 xDrive35i, equipped with the N55 3.0L turbocharged engine that is becoming ubiquitous across the BMW lineup.
InsideLine starts of their article with these words:
“Stop, wait, shudder, silent, check.
Stop, wait, shudder, silent, check.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.”
Certainly scary to read in a NEW car review. When I saw that I thought I was in for one piss poor review. It turns out what they cleverly highlighted was a feature in the new X3 that will … CONTINUED
More member’s X3 test drive impressions have been posted. Lexxeech attended the 2011 X3 unveiling in Latvia, which was followed by his test drive. He has posted his review, photos, and test drive video.
The new F25 BMW X3 has just hit the streets and the reviews have been generally positive claiming the new X3 has far surpassed the predecesor. So this new M Sport variant should be a real piece of work. Taking an already dynamic SUV to the next level will be the order of the day. We will of course bring more details on this car when they become available.
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.
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 … CONTINUED
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 … CONTINUED
To better capture the U.S. market with the new BMW X3, BMW spent more time and effort on new North American owner friendly upholders than anyone would ever expect. Big Gulp fans rejoice. Seriously though, if this proves helpful to North American X3 sales, then it was money and time well spent.
Now that the 2012 X3 has been officially announced and shown by BMW, X3s are free to roam the streets naked, without their constricting and stuffy camouflage coverings. Spotted here in Munich are black and white X3s, the first real life photos of uncovered 2012 X3′s.
The all new BMW X3 has proven to be very positively recieved by the BMW community at large. We continue coverage in our official BMW X3 thread with some new videos and new wallpapers!
We bring you the world debut of the 2011 BMW X3 (F25)!! This new X3 has improved greatly upon the first generation X3 both cosmetically and dynamically. Check inside for full info and photos, videos and wallpapers surrounding the new X3.