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2007 BMW X3 SUV - Overview

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$38,000 – $38,000 MSRP

$35,140 – $35,140 Invoice

18 / 26 MPG City/Hwy


2007 BMW X3 SUV

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What's New
BMW's compact X3 crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) gets enhanced performance and safety features for the 2007 model year, as well as updated styling inside and out, and several new options. There are so many changes that BMW even gives it a new name: BMW X3 3.0si.

BMW launched the X3, which it calls a Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV)-to denote its dynamic performance compared to traditional SUVs-as a 2004 model. It undergoes a fairly thorough updating for 2007. Standard equipment includes BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system, but power now comes from a 260-hp version of BMW's 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine and flows through either a 6-speed manual or new 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The more powerful engine allows the manual version to cut acceleration to 60 mph by seven-tenths of a second, and the fast-shifting new automatic cuts eight-tenths off that sprint compared to the former 5-speed automatic. Interestingly, BMW notes that this increase in performance does not come with any penalty in fuel economy. Also new, the vehicle's Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) technology becomes the first BMW SAV to include "dynamic traction control" that, at the touch of a button, allows a higher threshold of wheel slip to enhance starting on snow.

Exterior styling has been enhanced with new front and rear bumpers and head and tail lamp assemblies. New wheel designs are used and 18-inch wheels become a stand-alone option. The X3 interior also becomes more refined with new dashboard material, wood trim, door panels, and special stitching when leather seats are ordered. The steering wheel also has been redesigned. Sixteen-way "comfort" seats are available and feature a two-piece adjustable backrest. Option packages also have been changed. For example, the Premium package now includes such things as a compass in the rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and power-folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors. The Cold Weather package adds heated front seats and headlight washers.

The Competition
The BMW X3 competes in the Compact Premium Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) segment, which consists of only two models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, quality, and safety, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM

The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the BMW X3 (31,291 units sold) and Acura RDX (9,164) in its first year on the market. The BMW X3's 31,291 sales in 2006 represent an increase of 1.7 percent compared to the previous year.

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