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Mike Stevens | Jul, 15 2010 | 13 Comments

BMW has at last revealed the all-new 2011 BMW X3. Switching to BMW's next-generation 'F' model coding, the F25 X3 succeeds the outgoing first-generation E83, launched in 2004.

On the styling front, the new X3 borrows from its larger X5 sibling and a few elements from its little brother, the X1. The X5's wider, tougher stance is there, while a number of the X1's newer styling language can also be seen in the 2011 X3's body work.

As earlier spy photos showed, the new X3 is noticeably larger than its predecessor, measuring 12mm taller, 83mm longer, 28mm wider and sitting 12mm higher off the ground than before.

Its wheelbase is longer too, measuring 2810mm - up 15mm on the E83 X3. Dimensions may be up, but weight is down, the new X3 weighing around 20kg less thanks to the extensive use of aluminium in its construction.

Inside, the new X3's interior follows the same brand-wide design language featured in BMW's other more recent models, and offers the latest iDrive system and an 8.8 inch display in the centre stack.

Interior space is bigger all round, including rear storage which now measures 550 litres with the rear seats up, and 1600 litres when laid flat.

Launching internationally later this year, the new X3 features BMW's new N55 single-turbo 3.0 litre inline-six among its engine options, producing 228kW and 400Nm of torque.

BMW says the N55 engine will rocket the 2011 X3 xDrive35i to 100km/h in just 5.5 seconds, on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 240km/h. Fuel consumption is listed at 8.8 l/100km.

The xDrive28i isn't far off 'fast' either, making its way to 100km/h in 6.7 seconds, thanks to its 180kW 3.0 litre inline-six.

The xDrive20d is powered by a 2.0 turbo-charged four-cylinder diesel, producing 135kW and 380Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed manual transmission or BMW's eight-speed automatic, featuring two more ratios than the outgoing model's auto.

The diesel will get to 100km/h in 8.5 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 210km/h. Fuel consumption is listed at 5.6 l/100km on the European combined cycle.

BMW says it will also launch a range of four-cylinder petrol engines and a 2.0 litre diesel engine sometime in 2011.

The new X3 also features BMW's third-generation xDrive all-wheel-drive system, offering improved stability-control and a 40/60 front-rear torque-split that is now controlled by an electronically-actuated multi-plate clutch steplessly varying torque between the axles.

The strut-front and multi-link rear suspension arrangement that featured in the updated version of the outgoing X3 is also featured, with basic upgrades including optional Electronic Damping Control.

The EDC system incorporates electronically-variable shocks that stiffen under heavy cornering loads, or as required by the driver through controls in the cabin.

Drivers can also use the EDC system to adjust torque-split with the Performance Control functions, switching to a 20/80 front/rear bias in steady-state cornering, while also applying the brake to the inside rear wheel and directing more power to the outside.

Optional in the outgoing model, the new new model gets Servotronic speed-sensitive power-steering as standard.

BMW is expected to reveal pricing and availability details closer to the new X3's launch later this year.

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