2011 BMW X3 Overview
The 2011 BMW X3 has been fully redesigned for the first time since its debut in 2004, and is once again set to take the luxury crossover world by storm.
The 2011 BMW X3 boasts changes inside and out; from the height and weight to mechanical and interior upgrades. The X3 is powered by two new engines: a 240-horsepower, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder, and a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. Both are mated to an eight-speed transmission with auto-manual mode and all-wheel drive is now standard. Because of the all-wheel drive system, you’ll notice that both trims are given the “xDrive” designation. The xDrive system normally sends 60 percent of the torque to the rear wheels for a balanced, rear-wheel-drive feel, and can change the amount of power sent to the front or rear wheels based on driving conditions.
If that wasn’t enough, the X3’s suspension has been reconstructed for 2011 and comes with optional computer-controlled adaptive shock absorbers—also known as Electronic Damping Control. To make handling even better, the 2011 BMW X3 features Driving Dynamics Control, which allows you to customize the driving feel of your X3 through Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus modes. The X3 competes in a crowded luxury crossover segment with the Audi Q5, Infiniti EX35, Acura RDX and Cadillac SRX.
You’ll notice a slight change in the 2011 BMW X3’s sculpted hood and overall increases in length, width and height. Those changes translate to more legroom and elbowroom, for which your passengers will thank you. The X3 seats five and can be had with either a 60/40-split backseat or a 40/20/40-split seat depending on how much flexibility you need. Eight-way power adjustable front seats are standard, while a panoramic moonroof, retractable headlight washers, heated front and rear seats, roof rails, and a power tailgate are optional. The X3 is also available with an optional navigation you’ll love that comes standard with an 8.8-inch screen. That screen is great for also displaying the artwork from your iPod, iPhone, MP3 player or USB stick for total music compatibility. The X3 can also stream audio via Bluetooth®, while the optional entertainment server can store up to 80 GB of info/audio on an internal hard drive.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 BMW X3 has you and your family totally covered. Six airbags: two frontal, two front-seat mounted side-impact, and side curtain airbags in the event of a rollover are standard, as are four-wheel antilock brakes and an electronic stability control system. Xenon headlights, a rear-view camera, park distance control, automatic high beams, and a Head-up Display are just a few of the safety options that will give you the best tools to prevent an accident.
With more power, space, versatility, and excellent safety features, with high-tech gadgetry to boot, the 2011 BMW X3 luxury crossover is not only a safe bet, but a fun one too.