BMW X3 Models and X3 History

Introduced as smaller luxury crossover to coordinate with the successful BMW X5, the BMW X3 made its North American debut for the 2004 model year. Four inches shorter in total length than the X5, the compact 2004 BMW X3 debuted with a 2.5i and 3.0i model. A 184-horsepower 2.5-liter inline-six engine powered the 2004 BMW X 3 2.5i while the X3 3.0i model is outfitted with a 3.0-liter inline-six engine generating 225 horsepower. The brands xDrive all-wheel drive was standard with every 2004 BMW X3 crossover vehicle. 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, leather wrapped steering wheel and heated exterior mirrors were standard on the 2004 X3. The BMW X3 crossover vehicles 2.5-liter engine was dropped following the 2005 model year. Accompanying an exterior restyle, the 2007 model year version of the BMW X3 3.0si had performance hiked up to 260 horsepower. Left largely unchanged for several model years, the 2011 X3 received a massive makeover. Featuring smoother bodylines, the 2011 BMW X3 was longer and taller than the previous generation model. For 2011, the BMW X3 was offered in an xDrive28i model equipped with a 240-horsepower, naturally aspirated 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an xDrive35i version with a turbocharged 3.0-liter engine producing 300-horsepower. The five-passenger interior of the 2011 BMW X3 also provides 27.6 cubic feet of space for cargo with the rear seat up. An eight-speed automatic transmission is equipped with the 2011 X3 xDrive35i model. In 2013, a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter engine on the BMW X3 xDrive28i provided 240 horsepower and fuel economy up to 28 miles per gallon. Standard equipment such as ambient lighting, BMW eCall and BMW TeleService was added for 2014.

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The X3 is sleek, modern and edgy—complemented by a desirable list of premium standard features.
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The X3 crossover by BMW is graceful, elegant, surprisingly roomy, and unsurprisingly luxurious and powerful.
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 5.0
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 4.0
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 4.3
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 5.0
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 4.7
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 5.0
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 3.7
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 4.7

Receiving an exterior refresh and a diesel engine option for 2015, the expanded BMW X3 sport luxury crossover line comfortably seats five passengers.
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A compact SUV available with AWD, the 2014 BMW X3 offers BMW reliability coupled with the perks of a utility vehicle.
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The 2012 BMW X3 is a compact SUV that can achieve an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
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Fresh off of last year's redesign, the 2012 BMW X3 is a compact SUV available in two different trim levels; standard xDrive28i and an optional xDrive35i.
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Tastefully redesigned to reflect a similar character as the larger X5 this year, the all-wheel drive crossover 2011 BMW X3 comes with a new engine range along with expanded outer dimensions.
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The 2010 BMW X3-Series is a compact luxury crossover that is offered in one trim fitted with standard AWD and a 260 hp 3.0L six-cylinder engine.
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A small crossover, the 2009 BMX X-3 provides you with command of the road, while still keeping you connected with it.
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A sporty crossover, the 2008 BMW X3 behaves like a sports car on the road while offering the increased cargo and utility of a SUV or wagon.
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 3.5
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 3.5
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 3.5

A compact, five-passenger entry-level luxury SUV, the 2007 BMW X3-Series receives a new upgraded 260 hp 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed transmission.
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 4.5
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 2.5
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 4.0
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 3.5
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 3.0
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 4.0
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 3.5
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A compact luxury crossover SUV with seating for five, the 2006 BMW X3-Series comes standard with AWD.
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Available with two engine choices and standard AWD, the 2005 BMW X3-Series is a compact crossover SUV with room for five passengers.
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The 2004 BMW X3-Series is a totally new compact luxury crossover SUV with seating for up to five passengers and it is offered in two trims both of which come standard with AWD.
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 4.5
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 5.0