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2011 BMW X3 Front
2011 BMW X3 Profile
2011 BMW X3 Interior
2011 BMW X3 Rear
2011 BMW X3 Front-2
BMW’s redesigned X3 delivers the sportiness and refinement you expect from the brand, in a package that’s small in dimensions but highly versatile. Non-linear throttle response remains an annoyance, at least on the base xDrive28i model; but this premium-compact SUV has enough positive attributes to make it worth considering. New-car prices started reasonably but quickly moved upward when options were added. Secondhand buyers shouldn’t face quite as much difference between models, according to their equipment levels.
Not only was BMW’s X3 crossover redesigned for 2011, but production of this premium-compact SUV shifted to the United States from the previous model’s home in Austria. The 2011 X3 was slightly taller, longer, and wider than its predecessor. Two trim levels were offered: xDrive 28i and xDrive 35i. Each had BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the entry-level xDrive28i, the engine produced 240 horsepower. Turbocharging helped boost output in the uplevel xDrive35i to 300 horsepower. Standard safety features included antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, hill descent control, and curtain side airbags. The 35i model added front side airbags. An electronic adaptive suspension was optional and included driver-selectable firmness settings. Split-folding 60/40 rear seatbacks were standard, with a 40/20/40 split optional. A power tailgate also was optional. BMW’s iDrive control interface was standard, as were power seats and keyless engine start. A navigation system and keyless access were optional. Extras on the X3 35i included wood interior trim, 18-inch run-flat tires, and steering-linked adaptive headlights. A new M Sport Package became available late in the model year. Rivals to BMW’s X3 included the Audi Q5, Infiniti EX35, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and Volvo XC60. The crossover segment has been one of the industry’s fastest-growing categories.
Updates for the 2012 BMW X3 were minor, including several new paint colors. A panorama sunroof was now standard on the xDrive 35i.
The base xDrive28i replaced its 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with a new 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. While top-line versions gained a sunroof as standard equipment.
There were no major changes to X3 for 2014.