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.’