“Instead of trying to reinvent the formula, BMW has improved on the X3’s original idea by offering more refinement, top-notch driving dynamics and heaps of technology focused on efficiency and connectivity. The end result is a compact crossover ready to regain its spot at the head of the class.” — Autoblog
At Peterson BMW of Boise we are excited about the newly designed X3 and all the features it brings. The new X3 has been redesigned with a softened suspension and notable mechanical revisions yet still keeping the handling excellence that only BMW can provide. The size of the new X3 is very comparable to its predecessor and maintains the crisp exterior lines. This new design brings a second trim level to the lineup. Now available is the xDrive28i and the xDrive35i. Both BMW models get a new eight-speed transmission, when maximum acceleration is needed the transmission can drop from 8th to 2nd gear in a single direct snap, completely bypassing the gears in between.
Standard features on the 28i include:
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- automatic headlights
- fog lights
- rain-sensing windshield wipers
- eight-way power front seats
- tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel
- leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery
- automatic climate control
- cruise control, Bluetooth
- BMW’s iDrive electronics interface
- 12-speaker audio system with a CD player
- HD radio
- auxiliary audio jack
- iPod interface
The 35i is equipped very similar except it has 18 inch alloy wheels and adaptive xenon lights. There are a variety of packages that are available from Technology Packages to Cold Weather. Option packages are available to include such items as:
- sport front seats
- roof rails
- sport transmission with paddle shifters
- paddle shifters
- heated front and rear seats
- leather upholstery
The newly designed X3 is about an inch wider than the previous model. There is a little more elbow room between the door and the front seat passenger. While you can still consider the X3 a compact crossover, the proportions are similar to the previous-generation X5. If rear legroom is a worry you will find that it is likewise generous.
According to Edmunds.com:
The additional room is welcomed, allowing occupants to feel cocooned within the high-quality materials covering the seats, consoles and dash. The fourth generation of BMW’s iDrive — the system that controls settings, information, navigation and entertainment — now offers better intuitive control, although the hybrid dial/joystick selector still requires some practice and patience. Thankfully, it falls to hand easily next to the gearshift, like a television remote.
According to testing done at Edmunds , an xDrive35i accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, a very quick time for this segment. Also, BMW estimates the x35i’s fuel economy at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway.
Please visit Peterson BMW of Boise to see this luxury crossover for yourself. We invite you to come and experience the versatility of this vehicle first hand. We have a knowledgeable sale staff with many years of sales experience that can help you through your car-buying process.