(2005 model shown)
The X3 "Sports Activity Vehicle" is a crossover SUV that's based on the 3-Series sedan. A 184-horsepower 2.5-liter in-line six-cylinder engine powers the base 2.5i version, while a 225-horsepower, 3.0-liter version comes with the 3.0i. Either engine can be mated to either a six-speed-manual transmission or an optional five-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox. BMW's xDrive "intelligent" all-wheel-drive system permits infinitely adjustable front-to-rear torque distribution for surefootedness on wet or snowy pavement. The X3 is capable of towing 3500 pounds of payload. An optional Sport Package adds a tauter suspension and 18-inch wheels and tires for added handling prowess, and includes power sport seats with driver's side memory functions, and a sport steering wheel. An iPod Adapter that creates a seamless integration between Apple's popular iPod MP3 player and the vehicle's audio system is available.