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BMW X3 2012 with M Sport is Finally Redesigned to SUV Expectations

BMW X3 2012 with M Sport

BMW has finally completely redesigned its smallest SUV, the BMW X3, complete with changes inside, outside and under the hood.

BMW X3

BMW X3

BMW X3 2012 Basic Specs

Base Price $36,850
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) 4112
City (MPG) 19
Hwy (MPG) 25
Horsepower 240@6600
Torque (lb-ft) 221@2750-4000
Wheelbase 110.6
Length (in.) 183.0
Width (in.) 74.1
Height (in.) 65.4

The latest generation BMW X3 gains 3.3 inches in overall length, with an added .6 inches to the wheelbase, along with an extra 1.1 inches of width and 1.4 inches of height. Depending on the model, the new X3 still manages to shed about 50 lbs.

Thanks to the larger outer shell, passengers will gain 0.8 inches of legroom in the back row, along with another 2.8 cubic feet of storage space in the rear hatch area.

The exterior of the new model is still recognizable as an X3, albeit with a decidedly more modern look. Nothing radical here, but the X3 now shares the same basic design language as seen on BMW’s new 5- and 7-Series models.

The outgoing BMW X3 has been criticized for a sub-par interior, but BMW has addressed that issue for the new generation SUV, employing a number of high-end materials.

In the European markets, the new BMW X3launched with two trim levels — X3 xDrive20d and X3 xDrive35i. The

BMW X3 2012

BMW X3 2012

xDrive20d model features a 184 horsepower, 280 lb-ft of torque version of BMW’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel. While not the powerhouse of the X3 lineup, the four-cylinder diesel is quite peppy, accelerating the X3 from 0-62 in 8.5 seconds, carrying on to a top speed of 130mph.

North American-specification BMW X3s use two familiar inline six-cylinders. Starting at $37,625, the X3 xDrive28i receives a 240-horsepower naturally-aspirated unit also used in the 328i. Stepping up to the $41,925 X3 xDrive35i adds a turbocharged unit rated at 306 horsepower and 294 lb-ft of torque, transforming the BMW X3 into a serious performer. The sprint from 0-62 takes just 5.7 seconds, with the xDrive35i topping out at 152mph.

Both powerplants are backed by BMW’s eight-speed automatic transmission, with the six-cylinder version of the BMW X3 featuring automatic stop-start technology.

Although not unveiled quite yet, BMW is expected to offer an M Sport version of the new X3. The package will come complete with a swap to 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, an M Sport leather steering wheel and the full exterior M Sports aggressively-styled body kit.

Other final touches include a reworked interior that include new sport-minded seats with uniquely matched headliner and matching upholstery, M Sports gear selector and variable steering.

Although not standard, M Sports-equipped BMW X3‘s will also have an available exclusive color: Carbon Black Metallic.

The 2012 BMW X3 begins production in September (and will end in March 2012). Details have now been released on changes for the 2012 model year for the US. We detail it below:

New Standard Equipment:
– Black high gloss finish on instrument panel
– Floor mats
– Panoramic moonroof for xDrive35i

Optional Equipment Changes:
– Convenience Package deleted on xDrive35i. Contents become part of Premium Package
– Cold Weather Package loses heated rear seats and retractable headlight washers, which are now available as part of Cold Weather Package II (which requires ordering of Cold Weather Package)
– New Premium Sound Package (SIRIUS 1 yr and premium hi-fi system)
– Sport Activity Packages (ZAP) now feature Anthracite headliner. 19″ wheels (2A1 with all-season tires) now included for ZAP on xDrive35i

Stand-alone Options Changes:
– Heated front seats available as stand-alone option
– Heated steering wheel deleted as stand-alone option and offered in new Cold Weather Package
– 19″ Style 309 wheels deleted as stand-alone option and offered in Sport Activity Package

MSRP Pricing (effective October 1, 2011):

Base (US entry):
x3 xDrive28i – $36,850
x3 xDrive35i – $42,400
* Destination & handling – $875

Packages:

ZAP – Sport Activity Package (xDrive28i) – $1,550
— Sports leather steering wheel
— 18″ light alloy V spoke wheels – style 307 with all-season run-flat tires
— Roof rails in aluminum satin
— X-Line exterior trim package
— Sports seats
— Anthracite headliner

ZAP – Sport Activity Package (xDrive35i) – $1,750
— 19″ light alloy double spoke wheels – style 309 with all-season run-flat tires
— Sport automatic transmission with shift paddles
— Sports leather steering wheel with paddle shifters
— Roof fails in Aluminum Satin
— X-Line exterior trim package
— Sports seats
— Anthracite headeliner

ZCV – Convenience Package (xDrive28i) – $1,700
— Power tailgate
— Comfort Access keyless entry
— Rear manual side window shades
— Xenon headlights
— Adaptive light control

ZCW – Cold Weather Package (xDrive28i / xDrive35i) – $700
— Heated steering wheel
— Split fold-down-rear seat
— Heated front seats

ZCX – Cold Weather Package II (xDrive28i / xDrive35i) – $450
— Heated rear seats
— Retractable headlight washers
* ZCX requires ordering ZCW

ZMP – M Sport Package (xDrive28i) – $3,000
— Sport suspension delete
— 18″ M light alloy star spoke wheels – style 368M with all-season run-flat tire
— Performance Control
— M Sport Package
— High-gloss Roof Rails
— Sport seats
— Aerodynamic kit
— Shadowline exterior trim
— Anthracite headliner
* ZMP cannot be ordered with ZAP
* ZMP requires ordering ZPP

ZMP – M Sport Package (xDrive35i) – $3,000
— Sport suspension delete
— 19″ M light alloy double spoke wheels – style 369M with all-season run-flat tire
— Sport automatic transmission with shift paddles
— Performance Control
— M Sport Package
— High-gloss Roof Rails
— Sport seats
— Aerodynamic kit
— Shadowline exterior trim
— Anthracite headliner
— M Sports leather steering wheel with paddle shifters
* ZMP cannot be ordered with ZAP
* ZMP requires ordering ZPP

ZPP – Premium Package (xDrive28i) – $3,450
— Universal garage-door opener
— Panoramic moonroof
— Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors
— Auto-dimming rearview mirror
— Lumbar support
— Storage package
— Ambience lighting
— Nevada leather

ZPP – Premium Package (xDrive35i) – $3,450
— Power tailgate
— Universal garage-door opener
— Comfort Access keyless entry
— Rear manual side window shades
— Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors
— Auto-dimming rearview mirror
— Lumbar support
— Storage package
— Ambience lighting
— Nevada leather

ZPS – Premium Sound Package (xDrive28i / xDrive35i) – $950
— Satellite radio with 1 year subscription
— Premium hi-fi-system

ZTP – Technology Package (xDrive28i / xDrive35i) – $3,200
— Rear View Camera with Top View
— Park Distance Control
— Navigation system
— Online Information Services
— BMW Assist with enhanced Bluetooth and USB
— Real Time Traffic Information
* ZTP requires ordering ZPP

ZDH – Dynamic Handling Package (xDrive28i / xDrive35i) – $1,400
— Dynamic Damper Control
— Performance Control
— Variable sport steering
* In combination with ZMP – $1,300

Options:
Rear-view camera – $400
Roof rails in Aluminum Satin – $250 (included in ZAP package)
Panoramic moonroof – $1,350 (included in xDrive28i ZPP package / standard in xDrive35i)
Cargo net – $180
Heated front seats – $500 (included in ZCW package)
Park Distance Control – $750 (included in ZTP package)
Xenon headlights – $900 (included in xDrive28i ZCV package / standard in xDrive35i)
Navigation system – $2,150 (included in ZTP package)
Sirius 1 year subscription – $350 (included in ZPS package)
BMW Assist with enhanced Bluetooth and USB – $650 (included in ZTP package)
BMW Apps – $250

Priority 1 Options:
— Power Tailgate – $500 (included in xDrive28i ZCV package / xDrive35i ZPP package)
— Comfort Access keyless entry – $500 (included in xDrive28i ZCV package / xDrive35i ZPP package)
— Rear manual side window shades – $250 (included in xDrive28i ZCV package / xDrive35i ZPP package)
— Split fold-down-rear seat – $200 (included in ZCW package)
— Automatic high beams – $250 (requires ordering ZPP package)
— Head-up Display – $1,300

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