After sales for the 2010 X3 peaked at a meager 6,075 units last year, BMW went back to the drawing board and redefined the X3 as we know it. The all new 2011 BMW X3 has everything that its scrawny predecessor didn’t. The new X3 has better handling, more horsepower, and is more fuel-efficient than ever before. It also boasts a longer and wider body which makes this SUV not only drives better, but looks better.
Cars.com writes, “With a slightly larger size, a new eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive, the five-seater combines BMW’s signature driving prowess with the utility of a crossover.”
With the exciting new changes, the X3 is now challenging its rivals for the top spot of the luxury SUV class. Though highly competitive from the likes of the Audi Q5, the Lexus RX 350, the Mercedes GLK 350 and the EX35 from Nissan, consumers have taken kindly to the changes BMW has made. In the first three months of this year, U.S. sales of the X3 more than quadrupled over the same period last year, nearly selling as many as all of 2010 combined.
The 2011 BMW X3 is equipped with the fuel efficient, naturally aspirated 3.0-liter, 240-horsepower in-line six-cylinder engine. The X3 is also available in the high performance xDrive35i model which packs the 3.0-liter, 300 horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine, that tops the best horsepower rating of many of the X3′s main competitors. » Read more: The New and Improved BMW X3Tags: audi q5, bmw x3, first three months, highway mileage, horsepower rating, lexus rx 350, luxury suv, mercedes glk, rear wheels, s sales