BMW Announces UK Prices And Specifications For The X3

The New X3

 

Following the debut of the X3 Sports Activity Vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW reveals details of engine line-up, specifications and prices for the UK market.

At launch in spring 2004, the X3 will be available with either 3.0 or 2.5-litre petrol engines. Priced at £32,015 on-the-road, the 3.0i SE promises a maximum 231 bhp, taking it from 0-62 mph in 8.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 130 mph, or 137 mph for the 3.0i Sport model* which also debuts at launch. An impressive 300 Nm torque is achieved at 3,500 rpm with drive delivered through a standard 5-speed automatic gearbox. A manual gearbox will not be available on X3 3.0i models.

Joining the 3.0-litre launch models will be the 2.5i SE, priced at £28,615 on-the-road, together with the 2.5i Sport. Powered by BMW’s award-winning192 bhp six cylinder engine, the 2.5i develops 245 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. Its 6-speed manual box comes as standard; an optional 5-speed automatic is also available. Additional performance figures for the X3 2.5i SE and Sport will be confirmed closer to launch.

BMW managing director Jim O’Donnell commented: ‘The new X3 represents the latest in a line of segment-defining vehicles from BMW. It is the first premium Sports Activity Vehicle in the compact/mid-size sector, and its appeal is already reflected in advance orders for much of next year’s allocation – a full eight months before the UK launch. I expect the X3 to be another benchmark to which our competitors aspire.’

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Published 21 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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