All-new 2011 BMW X3 revealed – 210 hi-res photos and video

BMW has officially pulled the lid off the second-generation BMW X3.  When the model is released on the market, only one petrol and one diesel version will be available.

The petrol-fueled xDrive35i uses a TwinPower Turbocharged straight-six direct inection engine.  The 3.0-liter unit delivers 306 horsepower (225 kW), and up to 400 Nm of torque from just 1,300 RPM.  With the engine, it impressively races to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds on its way to  a 245 km/h (152 mph) top speed.  The 35i burns 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 km, or about 26.7 mpg (US), and emits 204 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the xDrive35i is the first BMW automatic to be fitted with start/stop.  Meanwhile, the xDrive20d gets start/stop along with its manual transmission.

The diesel model utilizes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with both an aluminum crankcase and Common Rail direct injection.  Delivering 184 hp (135 kW) and up to 380 Nm of torque, the vehicle hits 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds before topping out at 210 km/h (130 mph).  Emissions on the vehicle are kept to a reasonable 149 grams of CO2 per kilometer, as the crossover uses 5.6 liters of fuel per 100 km, or about 42mpg (US) combined.

Look for the new model to have a bump up in interior space, along with 40:20:40 rear seating that can be folded down in several combinations.  This gives the vehicle cargo space of anywhere from 550 to 1,600 liters.  With more space, the X3 has plenty of room for its new 8.8-inch high-resolution infotainment screen.

Other features include a new electronically controlled suspension with a double-joint spring-strut axle front, multi-link rear system.  Stability control is also offered, as is LED lighting, four-wheel drive, and electric power steering, a feature never before offered on the X series.

Look for full specs and pricing of the new BMW X3 to come out in the next few weeks.

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