2015 BMW X3

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What's New for 2015:
  • Entry level rear-drive model
  • Turbo-diesel model
  • xLine and M Sport trim lines
  • Updated iDrive technology
  • Convenience and safety options
  • Subtle styling and design changes

The 2015 BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover SUV that seats up to 5 passengers. It competes against the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti QX50, Lexus NX, Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and Volvo XC60.

Models and Features
Four versions of the 2015 X3 are available. The X3 sDrive28i has rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the X3 xDrive28i has an all-wheel-drive system. A new turbo-diesel variant is called the X3 xDrive28d, while the most powerful version of the SUV is known as the xDrive35i, which comes with a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine.

Highlights from the standard equipment list include 18-in. aluminum wheels, power-folding and heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, LED fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat, leatherette upholstery, and genuine burl walnut wood trim. The X3 also includes an automatic climate control system, power tailgate, 12-speaker audio system with HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, and a 10-year subscription to BMW TeleService.

Options include a variety of trim and equipment packages offering a range of upgrades. Key extras include leather seats, a navigation system, premium sound system, panoramic sunroof, and a Comfort Access keyless entry system. The X3 can also be optioned with performance enhancements, including larger wheels and tires, a sport suspension, and sport steering, as well as safety and technology upgrades discussed below.

Under the Hood
A 240-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is installed in the X3 sDrive28i and X3 xDrive28i, while the X3 xDrive35i gets a 300-horsepower, turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. New for 2015, the X3 xDrive28d is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engine rated to make 180 horsepower. More important, the new turbo-diesel generates 280 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,750 rpm and 2,750 rpm.

Each engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with Sport and Manual modes, and an automatic start/stop function is designed to conserve fuel by shutting the engine off while the X3 is idling in traffic or at an intersection. A Driving Dynamics Control system includes a fuel-saving Eco Pro mode in addition to Comfort and Sport settings.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the BMW X3 with the standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine achieves a low of 21 mpg in the city and a high of 28 mpg on the highway, depending on drivetrain. Choose the more powerful X3 xDrive35i and the SUV is rated to get 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The most fuel-efficient choice is the X3 xDrive28d, which earns EPA mileage ratings of 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
Standard safety equipment for the 2015 BMW X3 includes the BMW TeleService system with an SOS button and automatic collision notification. A 10-year subscription to service keeps these features active for a decade. Rain-sensing wipers are also standard, along with automatic headlights.

Buyers can upgrade with parking sensors, a reversing camera, surround-view camera, and a blind-spot detection system. Active cruise control is also available, as well as a head-up display, park-assist system, adaptive LED headlights, and more.

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  • Name xDrive28i (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 40500.00 Engine 2.0 L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/28
  • Name xDrive35i (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 45500.00 Engine 3.0 L/182 City/Hwy MPG 19/26
  • Name xDrive28d (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 42000.00 Engine 2.0 L/122 City/Hwy MPG 27/34
  • Name sDrive28i (RWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 38500.00 Engine 2.0 L/122 City/Hwy MPG 21/28
  • Power Front Bucket Seats w/Driver Seat Memory -inc: 8-way power adjustable front seats
  • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
  • 5 Person Seating Capacity
  • Sport Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Interior Lock Disable
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
  • Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation and Console Ducts
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood/Piano Black Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood/Chrome Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
  • Leatherette Gear Shift Knob
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
  • Carpet Floor Trim
  • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Roll-Up Cargo Cover
  • Cargo Features -inc: Cargo Tray/Organizer
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
  • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Down, w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
  • Wheels: 18" x 8.0" V Spoke (Style 307) -inc: Light alloy
  • Tires: P245/50R18 AS Run-Flat
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Bodyside Moldings and Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
  • Deep Tinted Glass
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Lip Spoiler
  • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Front License Plate Bracket
  • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
  • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
  • Roof Rack Rails Only
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Front And Rear Fog Lamps
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Wheels: 18" x 8.0" Double Spoke (Style 605) -inc: Light alloy
  • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Engine: 2.0L TwinPower Turbo In-Line 4-Cylinder
  • Transmission: 8-Speed STEPTRONIC Automatic
  • 3.39 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 5,080 lbs
  • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and STEPTRONIC Sequential Shift Control
  • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
  • 90-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
  • Regenerative 210 Amp Alternator
  • Towing w/Trailer Sway Control
  • 910# Maximum Payload
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 17.7 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Permanent Locking Hubs
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • Engine: 3.0L DOHC 24V I-6 TwinPower Turbo
  • GVWR: 5,150 lbs
  • Engine: 2.0L 1-4 DOHC Diesel
  • 3.08 Axle Ratio
  • GVWR: 5,160 lbs
  • GVWR: 4,970 lbs
  • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • DSC+ Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
    • Radio: Anti-Theft AM/FM Stereo
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Compatible Remote CD, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • HD Radio
    • Radio BMW Professional
    • Hi-Fi Sound System
    • Satellite Radio Preparation
    • Hands-Free Bluetooth & USB Audio Connection
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front

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