The unveiling of the 6 Series Coupé Concept is perhaps the biggest highlight of BMW’s exhibit at this year’s Paris Show, but the company also plans to unveil a host of other concepts and models that will soon be added to its product line-up.
The Parisian expo will mark the first time that the production version of the second-generation X3 goes on show. According to BMW, the new X3 delivers more agility and driving comfort. Interior and luggage space grow and the rear bench now divides in a split of 40:20:40.
Initially, two derivatives will be launched – a four-cylinder diesel for the BMW X3 xDrive20d and a new six-cylinder petrol for the X3 xDrive35i. The diesel unit develops 135 kW and the average fuel consumption in the EU cycle is claimed to be 5,6 litres per 100 km. Power in the petrol unit is 225 kW and it is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. This transmission, which is the first automatic to feature BMW’s auto stop/start technology, is also available as an option for the xDrive20d.
BMW’s xDrive permanent all-wheel-drive system comes as standard on the new X3, and this vehicle also receives new suspension technology with a set up of a double-joint spring-strut axle at the front and a five-link rear axle. Also new to this model is electric power steering. There is a host of driver assistance systems available for the new X3.This vehicle can also be specified with optional Performance Control and Dynamic Damper Control systems to further improve agility.
New X3 is due to arrive in South Africa during November, and this higher-riding X3 aims to answer some of the criticisms levelled at its predecessor by getting a significantly upgraded interior with a far more premium ambience and is loaded with features – some as standard (large 8,8-inch iDrive display screen) and some as optional extras (head-up display etc.).
Local models will feature electric power steering and auto stop/start, in line with BMW’s aim to reduce fuel consumption through its EfficientDynamics programme
The new 5 Series Touring will be on display at the Paris Show. In addition to a brace of new engines, the touring will also feature BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system in the 535i xDrive Touring and the 530d xDrive Touring models. Power in the 535i is 225 kW, while the straight-six under the bonnet of the 530d delivers 180 kW. The xDrive system will also feature on the saloon versions of the 535i and the 530d. These models will officially be launched in 2011.
BMW believes that the Concept ActiveE that is due to appear in Paris “reveals what form BMW-style CO2-free mobility could take”. Based on the 1 Series Coupé, this concept has four full-size seats, and its electric motor has an output of 125 kW and a peak torque of 250 N.m.
For added edge to the appearance of BMW vehicles, the Paris show stand will also feature all things new in the BMW M GmbH range with newly developed M performance retrofit components.
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