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Now in SA! BMW X3

2004-06-08 11:10

Wheels24 managing editor John Oxley is attending the X3 launch on Wednesday and he will give his first driving impressions of this SUV on Thursday.

Initially BMW South Africa is only launching two X3 derivatives, the 2.5i and the 3.0i. A diesel model will join the line-up at a later stage.

Engines

X3 2.5i

  • 141 kW at 6 000 r/min
  • 245 Nm at 3 500 r/min

    X3 3.0i

  • 170 kW at 5 900 r/min
  • 300 Nm at 3 500 r/min

    xDrive

    A special highlight of the BMW X3 is the newly developed intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

    xDrive allows infinitely adjustable and fully variable distribution of torque front-to-rear, the system immediately recognises any need for a change in power distribution and responds very quickly, when driving on-road often before the wheels begin to lose their grip.

    As a result, the X3 is able to feed optimum torque to the respective axle at any time during dynamic cornering , significantly minimising both under- and oversteer in the process.

    On the road xDrive therefore offers a substantial improvement in agility and driving pleasure and, at the same time, safety. Stability management systems such as DSC can intervene at a far later point in time than with conventional four-wheel drive.

    xDrive also ensures better grip and traction on slippery or rough terrain, transmitting power as quickly as possible to the wheels with better grip when a wheel might start to spin and thus eventually interrupt the flow of traction.

    The versatility of the new BMW X3 is by no means limited to the wide range of different road conditions and terrain on which this SAV demonstrates its agility and dynamic performance.

    X3 Pricing

    Package

    Transmission

    X3 2.5i

    X3 3.0i

    Standard

    Manual

    R385 000

    -

     

    Steptronic

    R398 000

    R428 000

    Activity

    Manual

    R403 800

    -

     

    Steptronic

    R416 800

    R446 800

    Sport

    Manual

    R402 900

    -

     

    Steptronic

    R415 900

    R445 000

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